Friday, October 26, 2018


Your Neighborhood Your Story


Just as where you live effects your own story, your story effects the place you live

A program of short stories accompanied by a photo gallery and refreshments will be presented at the Main Library of the Monroe County Public Library on Sunday, November 4 from 2:00-3:00pm in the Auditorium.
To reserve a spot call 812-349-3050 or register at www.mcpl.info.
The program is free and open to the public.

A partnership between Bloomington Storytellers Guild, Bloomington Arts Commission, South Central Indiana Housing Opportunities, and the Monroe County Public Library.

Why storytelling? As neighborhoods evolve to embrace new identities and residents, the spoken word art form can provide a sort of time travel through the geography and humanity of our communities to illustrate local stories.  Storytellers will recount tales of Bloomington's neighborhoods in their own words and the words of those who were interviewed for the project. Whether renting or owning, new or long-time resident, your neighborhood has stories.

One storyteller who will present, Stephanie Holman, said “Each neighborhood has seen change and what happened long ago often informs the present and future. Many who walk in town have no idea what used to be on that spot. Neighbors can come together knowing the back story while adding to the timeline. B-line trail used to be a busy railroad serving downtown industries such as limestone, mirrors, baskets and much more than furniture. So many quarries were right here in town. The new Switchyard park was the McDoel Railroad Switchyard for over a hundred years. Bloomington is growing its own story everyday”

Listen to the stories on November 4, 2:00-3:00pm and view the photo gallery in the library the month of November. If your neighborhood is not mentioned in the program, add a pin to the neighborhood map, tell your story over refreshments and leave a note in the guest comment book.

The rain has soaked the ground in Bryan Park.  We'll all be more comfortable this evening in the Library Auditorium.  See you there!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Two truths...and a lie

One of these tellers IS telling the truth--can you figure out which one?

Monday, June 18, 2018

Time for the Annual BUG FEST at Hilltop Gardens!
So it's a great time to tell stories about creepy crawlies!
This year Stephanie Holman will be presenting tales featuring insects in the presentation tent 
from 10:30 to 11:00 am.

Check this link for more information about this event:

http://www.indiana.edu/~landscap/hilltop/community-outreach/bugfest-event/index.shtml

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Wintertelling 2018

Pick up your ears!
Here's something worth listening to:

Wintertelling 2018

Friday, February 9th
7:30 to 9:00 pm
Monroe County Public Library Auditorium
303 East Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47408

Wintertelling is an annual performance by members of the Bloomington Storytellers Guild featuring a variety of tales chosen by storytellers to entertain adults and teens. You may hear anything from folklore and fable to local legend and personal narrative.

The practice of sharing stories is a traditional way in many cultures to pass a pleasant evening in the cold, dark nights of late Winter. The members of the BSG have long enjoyed participating in this tradition.

After the stories, the audience is invited to stay for refreshments and conversations with the tellers.

The library will be closed during this event. Audience should enter through the Kirkwood Avenue doors, which will open at 7:00 pm.

This is a free event sponsored by the Friends of the Library. See you there!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A mess of beans

Now that it is full Summer in Indiana, the beans are coming in.
This has been a good year for beans, 
 lots of beans,
lots of meals with beans.
Doesn't that remind you of a story?
 Yes, that story - the one that starts out with them picking beans
and the little boy can't stand another meal of beans without meat....
Richard Chase called it "Chunk of Meat"
but we all know it as
"The Big Toe."

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Two truths and a lie

At our seasonal meeting last week we were fortunate to hear a hilarious preview of some stories to be shared at this program:

http://storytellingarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Two-Truths-and-a-Lie.jpg

McCormick's Creek State Park

Not going to say whether we heard truth or falsehood, but guarantee you will have a great time at this program!