CPS Invites Community Members to 'Share a Story'


CPS will launch its season-long book drive to benefit area schools at the performance of David Gonzalez’s “Sleeping Beauty” on Oct. 21 at 3 p.m.

Community Performance Series is proud to announce “Share a Story,” a new community-driven project to benefit area school libraries. In celebration of a Meet the Arts Series season full of storytelling through multiple mediums, CPS invites patrons to “share” their favorite stories through donations of their favorite books.

In an effort to support local school programs, CPS launched this book drive to encourage storytelling and literacy efforts within the North Country community. The kick-off event will be at the Oct. 21 performance of David Gonzalez’s “Sleeping Beauty” at 3 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music. Community members are encouraged to donate a new or gently used copy of their favorite book, all to be donated to local schools at the end of the season.

The CPS Share a Story Book Drive will continue through the May 9 performance of the National Players’ production of “Animal Farm.” Donations will be accepted in the lobby at all Guest Artist Series and Meet the Arts Series events. Community members are also able to donate books throughout the course of the season, with a drop-off location at the CPS Box Office to be open during normal business hours. Every book donation will enter community members into a raffle to win two season tickets to the 2013-14 Guest Artist Series and Meet the Arts Series events.

Following the closing event on May 9, CPS will partner with the SUNY Potsdam Rebecca V. Sheard Literacy Center to organize and distribute the book donations to area schools.

“With our diverse programs this season, we wanted to embrace the importance of storytelling in our lives through every aspect of the arts,” said Meg Watson, CPS marketing and education coordinator. “When our patrons donate a book to this cause, they will get the opportunity to support the arts in many ways—through a gift to help their local schools, the chance to attend next year’s Meet the Arts events, and the opportunity to share why they love storytelling. It will be a very unique and personal experience for any patron who chooses to donate—whether they are still in school, or a grandparent.”

CPS encourages book donations from every genre, including history, world culture, autobiographies/biographies, fantasy, folklore and fairytales, and artistic books. Reading levels appropriate for pre-K to high school are all being sought.

For more information on the CPS Share a Story Book Drive, please visit www.cpspotsdam.org, or call Meg Watson at (315) 267-2612.

Established in 1989, CPS at SUNY Potsdam is a college-community partnership presenting world-class performing artists and arts education opportunities in Northern New York. A rich mixture of programs links community, classroom, and audiences of all ages while preserving access to the performing arts for future generations.

For more information on how you can donate to the CPS “Share a Story” book drive, or for information on our upcoming events, please visit www.cpspotsdam.org.

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of only three arts campuses in the entire SUNY system. SUNY Potsdam’s arts curriculum offers the full palette: music, theatre, dance, fine arts and creative writing. No matter the discipline, people from all backgrounds can find their creative compass at Potsdam, with myriad arts immersion experiences available for both campus and community.