Storytime at Guthrie Green: “Bridges Instead of Walls” by Mavis Staples
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Storytime at Guthrie Green: “Bridges Instead of Walls” by Mavis Staples

July 10, 2024 10-11am

"Bridges Instead of Walls: The Story of Mavis Staples"

Join us for Summer Story Time and a book giveaway, in partnership with Guthrie Green, on Wednesday, July 10. In celebration of Mavis Staples’ birthday, we will read her new book, “Bridges Instead of Walls.” After story time, pick up your own free copy of the book at the Woody Guthrie Center or Bob Dylan Center, generously provided with support from Jenny Norton and Bob Ramsey. The birthday celebration will also include a music performance, mini cupcakes and balloons.

In addition, Kristina Sandridge will be onsite offering free glitter tattoos.

Summer Story Time is an event by Guthrie Green held on Wednesdays in July and August at 10 a.m.


“Bridges Instead of Walls” by Mavis Staples and Carole Boston Weatherford

Legendary singer and Civil Rights activist Mavis Staples has teamed with an award-winning children’s poet to share her rousing life story in this spectacular picture book.

At 85, Mavis Staples is still singing in front of large audiences and sharing her message of love, faith and justice. She’s been performing since age eight as part of her family’s gospel group The Staple Singers, and has become one of America’s most admired musicians, with multiple Grammys, a Kennedy Center Honor and a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But Mavis is far more than a thrilling singer; she stood alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., at numerous Civil Rights protests, where her voice was a rallying cry to the country. Now she and acclaimed author Carole Boston Weatherford bring her story and her inspiring message to young people in this poetic, illuminating book, beautifully illustrated by Steffi Walthall.

Summer Story Time featuring guest reader from American Song Archives


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