Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Festival of Ghost Stories 2020

The traditional Festival of Ghost stories is a bit different this year!

This year the audience size was limited and registration was required.  Those who have tickets will join tellers at Bryan Park Friday night, October 30th, at 7:00 p.m. for a live performance.

Those of you who want to listen to some of our tales at home have a virtual option!

You may watch a pre-recorded version ONLINE!  Here's how:

go to  


tune in to CATS-TV (channel 3 on Comcast; 301 on Smithville; and available on AT&T U-Verse by going to Channel 99 and selecting "Govt Educ and Public Access", then "Bloomington", and "Monroe County Public Library CATS"

All versions of the event start at 7 p.m. EDT

As always, we remind you to wrap up warmly and that this program is most appropriate for upper elementary, teen and adult audiences. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Storytelling Workshop

Stephanie Holman, seen here with a Crocodile and friends, has long been using puppets to bring life to storytelling.   Mind you, this can be something entirely different than putting on a puppet show (although she is excellent at that too!).  
Telling with a puppet can:
 *focus attention in a challenging environment
 *give the single teller a second voice
*illuminate a character with form and motion
*add surprise and delight to stories.  
Puppets work with stories for all ages, not just the youngest audience, and they are super to provide variety in long programs for families or mixed age groups.

Stephanie is soon to leave Bloomington and the Guild, but before she leaves she is going to impart her puppet wisdom to us in a free Workshop on Thursday, January 30, 2020.

This is the first of a series of workshops designed to introduce tellers and would-be tellers to new techniques and storytelling skills.

Here's the blurb from the Library's website:

Puppet Storytelling Workshop
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monroe County Public Library, Main Library, Children's Program Room
303 E. Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, In 47408

Registration is open
Call 812-349-3100 or visit

Professional storyteller and retiring Children’s Librarian Stephanie Holman will share her experience with puppets in this creative and immersive workshop. Teachers and Librarians for preschool through elementary age can bring or choose a story and utilize puppets and will leave the workshop with a new puppet show.

A partnership between Bloomington Storytellers Guild and the Library.

Please join us!

Friday, October 18, 2019

A familiar image - the annual Festival of Ghost Stories flyer
It's time again!
Hope you can plan to join us on the 25th!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

As the Leaves Turn

As the Leaves Turn,  Fall Storytelling Season begins...

Our Bloomington Storytellers Guild has traditionally had a Fall Ingathering - an open invitation to anyone interested in any aspect of storytelling to join us, to find out more about our group, and to help us think about what we might do during the coming year.

This year the meeting is:

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

6:30 p.m.

Noodles and Company, Eastland Plaza, in the back room 

 Bring any interested friends with you,  we'll have a few stories, lots of information, and we'll discuss upcoming auditions and meetings.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Baskets of Dirt

If you missed Stephanie's telling of "Baskets of Dirt" in Indianapolis, here's another opportunity to hear it!

May 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monroe County Public Library
303 E. Kirkwood Avenue
IN 47408
 Christine Friesel

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.