Stories Rooted in Life

Beginners and advanced storytellers can sharpen skills, share their latest yarn, and enjoy a good listen.
The 10th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration
Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Metropolitan Community College of Maple Woods presents Stories Rooted in Life: the 10th Annual Storytelling Celebration. The Library will host a number of performances and workshops during the Storytelling Celebration for story-listeners and storytellers of all ages. For more information, visit

Ghost Stories

October 16, 2009 - 7 p.m.

Plaza Branch

Featuring Deb Swanegan, Peter Cook, Beth Horner, and Tim Tingle . Join the featured tellers of the Kansas City Storytelling Celebration for a night of howlings and hauntings in an intimate, spooky atmosphere. Not recommended for children under 10.


Hands-on Storytelling Workshop

October 17, 2009 - 1 p.m.

Plaza Branch

Deb Swanegan, certified master storyteller, teaches call and response rhymes, story games, and basic pantomime skills in this fast-paced workshop. Parents, guardians, and teachers are also welcome. For children.


Sorting Through the Scrapbooks: Making Up Stories Workshop

October 17, 2009 - 1 p.m.

Plaza Branch

Tim Tingle, member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and author of Walking the Choctaw Road, demonstrates how to shorten or lengthen a story to fit any audience. Beginning performers will learn narrative basics, while advanced storytellers discover how to thread seemingly unrelated scenes. For adults.


Family Concert

October 17, 2009 - 2:30 p.m.

Plaza Branch

Tim Tingle, Deb Swanegan, Jean Hatfield, and Angela Williams delight listeners with lively stories and music in a show designed to appeal to people of all ages.


Youth Concert

October 17, 2009 - 3:30 p.m.

Plaza Branch

The Youth Concert features stories told by children. To perform, sign up in advance by contacting Joyce Slater at or 816-523-5038, or attend the Hands-on Storytelling Workshop for Kids earlier in the afternoon and sign up there. For all ages.


Storytelling Spectacular

October 17, 2009 - 7 p.m.

Plaza Branch

This year's storytelling celebration features four of the stand-out tellers from past events. Tim Tingle performs traditional Native American tales. Deb Swanegan weaves her African American, Cherokee, Hebrew, and Scots-Irish cultural heritages into a tapestry of unique stories and songs. Beth Horner relates the folklore and tales of the Ozarks. Renowned deaf storyteller Peter Cook uses American Sign Language (ASL), pantomime, acting, storytelling and movement, along with elastic facial expressions, to convey everything words cannot. For ages 10 and up.


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