Winston kids get some culture in summer reading program

WINSTON, Ore. -- Do you ever miss the days of good old fashioned television?

Musician and folklorist Joe Ross re-created something very similar at the Winston Library on Thursday.

He introduced a group of children to the traditional Japanese story telling art of Kamishibai.

Pete Tano, a Winston Branch Librarian, told KPIC News about the tradition. "Japanese storytellers would travel throughout the country and they would have these boxes set up, and essentially it's like old fashioned television," said Tano. "They would show images and tell a story at the same time."

The portable wooden stage and illustrated cards are far from modern technology, but it captivated Ross' audience.

He uses this form of storytelling to help children develop reading skills and learn to appreciate the heritage of another country.

This storytelling segment is part of Winston Library's summer reading program.