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
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.

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