Bringing Stories to Life at Reading: A Family Affair

February 25, 2014 at 5:12 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

NEW! Pre-register online to attend RAFA and you will be entered for the chance to win a Nook® HD.

Not all performances at Reading: A Family Affair on March 1, 2014, involve the stage. Several local storytellers will enchant you and your children with engaging, interactive programs.


Barbara Effron, captivating storyteller

Barbara Effron’s energetic storytelling programs combine folk, traditional and personal stories with songs and audience participation. Since 1983, Barbara Effron has delighted children and adults in metropolitan Washington with her enchanting tales and musical stories. She has performed at schools, libraries, synagogues, birthday parties, festivals, the Kennedy Center, the White House, the Smithsonian and Busch Gardens. Barbara performs from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the HEAR a Book room.  Her performance is recommended for ages 3-6.

Gary Lloyd

Gary Lloyd,award-winning storyteller, presents a dragon-themed performance

Gary Lloyd is a renowned storyteller, visiting schools, festivals, libraries and other venues from Vermont to South Carolina, entertaining hundreds of thousands of listeners of all ages. He begins each program celebrating the bond between storytelling and reading – each requires the reader/listener to call on their imagination to recreate the story in their mind’s eye. Known for his enthusiastic delivery, Gary orchestrates a program of story, voices, movement and participation that is focused on capturing and keeping audience attention.  He will perform a dragon-themed program from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. that is recommended for ages 5-11.

Marc Spiegel_storyteller photo

Marc Spiegel, engaging, interactive storyteller

Marc Spiegel enchants, delights, inspires and mesmerizes with a unique presentation of imaginative storytelling, audience participation, poetry and even a song or two. Marc has appeared on TV and radio, in schools, libraries, churches and concert halls. He has performed Off-Broadway in New York, at the Kennedy Center and the National Theater in Washington D.C. and at the International Children’s Festival at Wolf Trap.  Marc has also presented his award winning original “Einstein Alive!” for audiences around the world, as well as working with the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater in creating and performing “Time Capsule in a Milkcan” for the United States Holocaust Museum. He will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m in the BECOME a book room. His performance is recommended for ages 4-11.

During the 15 minute intermission between each performance, take your child to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog, our special guest from WETA Kids, or enjoy snacks for purchase from James Lee Razorbacks Youth Sports!

WETA Kids' Clifford the Big Red Dog at LCNV's Reading: A Family Affair

WETA Kids’ Clifford the Big Red Dog at LCNV’s Reading: A Family Affair

A suggested donation of $5 per family at the door will benefit LCNV’s Student Scholarship Fund.  Last year, sponsorships and donation at the door raised $15,000.  For more information about RAFA, go to

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042


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