The Black Dirt Storytelling Guild is for adult story lovers and tellers and meets on the second Thursday of each month
at 7:30 p.m. in the library. “Just listeners” are always welcome!
About the Guild:
The Black Dirt Storytelling Guild is dedicated to the following goals:
To preserve and promote the art of storytelling and story listening.
To inspire the discovery of the storyteller within each person.
To encourage the collection of oral history and local history.
To explore the history and development of stories from around the world.
To establish and offer storytelling programs to the people of the Hudson Valley.
November 16, 2013
Tellabration! Celebrates Storytelling
The Florida Public Library will hold its 14th Annual Tellabration! on Saturday, November 16 at 2 p.m. in the library. The afternoon performance will be produced by the members of the Black Dirt Storytelling Guild. The Guild has met monthly at FPL since its organization following the first successful Tellabration! in 2000 which attracted a group of Orange County residents interested in pursuing storytelling for fun, inspiration and profit. This year’s Tellabration! is entitled There Was a Town and will include a wonderful variety of stories about towns, real and imaginary, including folktales, local history, humorous tales, personal memoirs and family stories.
Tellabration! is a worldwide celebration of the traditional art of storytelling and marks the culmination of National Storytelling Week. The event is sponsored by the National Storytelling Network based in Jonesborough, Tennessee which is also the home of the annual National Storytelling Festival. Guild founders Madelyn Folino and Eileen Stelljes, a.k.a. The Library Goddesses who appear as tandem tellers, are eager to share their passion for storytelling. The Guild produces many storytelling events throughout the year, including their popular campfire storytimes held at Glenmere Lake in July.
In addition to Guild members, Tellabration! will feature special guest storytellers from the community: FPL Board President Ian Murphy, Florida School Superintendent Diane Munro, and local historian Elmire Conklin. Pamela Schembri, a school librarian from Newburgh and a past Tellabration! audience favorite will also make a return appearance with her special spooky, but absolutely true stories.
Tellabration! is an opportunity for any experienced or budding storytellers in the community to share their stories, old, new, borrowed, or true. Anyone interested in performing is invited to sign up by calling Library Director Madelyn Folino at (845) 651-7659. Stories should be no longer than seven minutes.
Attentive listeners of school age and up are invited to attend and enjoy this wonderful family program for story lovers of all ages. Admission is the donation of a canned or non-perishable item for the Florida Food Pantry. Following the performance, Tellabration! storytellers and their families are invited to enjoy a potluck dinner at the library in their honor. For more information on Tellabration’s history around the world, visit www.tellabration.org. To learn how to get involved as a teller, or to sign up for the program, call the library.