Family Program: Libraries, Museums, and Community Centers


Folktales & Origami for Families


Parents’ Choice Award winner Motoko regales families (ages 5 and up) with delightful folktales from her native Japan, combined with hands-on origami activities. Motoko’s step-by-step instructions make the ancient Japanese art fun and accessible. Children will learn focus, imagination, and precision while creating pieces of art.




Tales & Origami for Teens


Motoko joins libraries in their efforts to provide a safe and engaging space for teens. During this 90-minute program, Motoko will tell traditional tales, full of humor and mystery, and discuss how Japanese folklore has inspired games and anime in the U.S. and around the world. Under her step-by-step guidance, participants will make origami monsters and creatures, and design their own original anime characters. This new, innovative program was originally developed for the Chicopee Public Library’s Anime Club, sponsored by the Chicopee Cultural Council.




Tales of Now & Zen: Stories for Adults/Seniors


Join nationally-acclaimed storyteller Motoko for an evening filled with humor, charm, and wisdom! She captivates audiences as she exquisitely blends ancient lore and oral memoirs from her childhood in Japan and her life as an immigrant in the U.S. Through her tales we journey beyond our imagination and return more whole.


“Just wanted to let you know how many of our patrons have commented on how much they enjoyed your storytelling, your humor and your presence. Thank you again for being with us - it was utterly delightful.” --Sheila Klapper, MSLIS, Oliver Wolcott Library, Litchfield, CT


Motoko Dworkin

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