Wednesday, September 26, 2007

A message from Abbie

Dear Bloomington friends!

It has been far too long since I've been in touch. As Ghost Stories season is upon us, I think of you more and more. I hope you're all having a good time in Bloomington.

I am having a blast being a librarian--and also being a storyteller. I finally joined the Portland Storytellers Guild in June, right before they went on hiatus for the summer; but now we're starting up again, and we're having some fun. I just got back from a "Stories by the Sea" festival in Newport, OR (paid for by my library district!), with Elizabeth Ellis as one of the three headliners! Woo-hoo! It was a very cozy festival, and Miz Elizabeth is a delight. I wonder if she ever gets tired of being the engine of conversation, since all anyone ever wants to do is listen to her talk...
I'm pretty much the only storyteller in the district, but there is a lot of interest; I just did a storytelling workshop at our all-staff conference that people crowded into, and I got some really positive feedback afterwards. ...
Your very own,

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Old Friends revisited

It's fun to see that with new kids, old stories still work.For her Kindergarten classes, storyteller Mary D. helps Joe the Bear and Sam the Mouse get together. Again. And once again, they are going to eat ice cream at 3:00!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

More about the Hoosier Storytelling Festival

Are you planning to go to the Hoosier Storytelling Festival Oct. 10 - 14?

Look for several BSG members there! In fact at 1:00 on Saturday, you'll have two of our members telling:

Pamela Smith will be telling "Paul and Silas in Jail" at theNetwork of Biblical Storytellers tent;

while Hope Baugh will be telling "A Hoosier in Tokyo" on the Indiana Historical Society stage.

Monday, September 17, 2007

"...that is the way it is..."

We are lonesome animals. We spend all of our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say-and to feel- ‘Yes, that is the way it is, or at least that is the way I feel it.’ You’re not as alone as you thought. —John Steinbeck

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Spotted at storytime

He's trying his best to look terrible, this old troll, as he terrorizes three Billy Goats Gruff...
but the preschoolers just laugh at him.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Hoosier Storytelling Festival coming....

On October 12 -14, the Hoosier Storytelling Festival will be at Military Park and the Indiana History Center in Indianapolis. Storytellers will feature favorites such as Donald Davis, Carmen Deedy and Deborah Asante.
Bloomington Storyteller, Stephanie Holman will help out as an emcee on occasion. She will also tell a story for Friday night Scary Stories, but the thing she is most looking forward to is her chance to introduce Carmen Deedy on Wednesday night the 10th as her program is called "Love in the Library."

Friday, September 7, 2007

Searching for a story

The annual Festival of Ghost Stories is coming up - time to find a spooky tale to tell. Lisa is looking at the resources in the Monroe County Public Library to find some ideas for a new story or two.

The Festival will be Friday, October 26th. Email the guild at if you want more information about the Festival.