Papillion appears at library’s summer reading program

Papillion, an award-winning Louisiana born musician and storyteller, provides a genuine, hands-on Cajun and Zydeco experience combined with a rousing touch of “positive pirating” escapades.

Children form a Cajun band playing the “tit frere,” washer board, spoons and more, and they learn Cajun and Zydeco dance for a Cajun fais do do. Through stories, songs and dance, Papillion leads his audience on exciting journeys to the bayous and swamps, Mardi Gras, or on the high seas for pirate adventures.

Papillion received his master’s degree in early childhood education at the University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas. He has been a children’s musician and teacher for more than 20 years. He is included in the following Artists’ Rosters: Louisiana Touring Directory, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge-Touring Assembly Artist, Arts in Education-Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana State Library, New Orleans Parish Schools-Cultural Resources, and Special Arts, Special Education Grant Artist for the parishes of Lafayette, Iberia and Jefferson.

He is the winner of five national awards, including Parents’ Choice “Honors,” National Parenting Center “Seal of Approval,” Crossroads Music Awards “Gold,” International “People Who Care” Environmental award, Family Fun Magazine “Top 10 – “Cajun for Kids!”

His touring history is extensive.

He will perform on the following dates: July 15th, at Turkey Creek Library Branch (10 a.m.) and Ville Platte Main Library (2 p.m.); July 16th, at Pine Prairie Library Branch (10 a.m.) and Mamou Teen Center (2 p.m.); and July 17, at the Basile Library Branch (10 a.m.) and Chataignier Village Hall (3 p.m.). Call 363-1369 for more information.

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