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Storytelling Celebration

connect our worlds through storytelling November 4-7, 2020
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For 21 years, the Kansas City Storytelling Celebration has brought nationally- and regionally-known storytellers to libraries, schools, community centers, and assisted living centers to ignite interest in the art of sharing stories—from the mythical to the personal—to people of all ages.

This year, Mid-Continent Public Library, Metropolitan Community College, and other partner organizations have created a virtual celebration, November 4-7, to continue this tradition through online resources and social media platforms. The 2020 Kansas City Storytelling Celebration will conclude on Saturday, November 7 with a day of virtual storytelling workshops and concerts. 

If you are interested in hosting a virtual storytelling program for your school, classroom, community or care center, please fill out a request form to receive a link for a virtual program. Links to programming will be valid from November 2-13. You can request links until noon on Friday, November 6.

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Storytelling Celebration Schedule

Monday, November 2

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Storytelling Celebration 2020: True Adventures of Growing Up on a Rural Missouri Farm (MCPL360)

Storyteller Beth Horner grew up on Sugar Grove Farm in Boone County, Missouri.
Ages 6+

Tuesday, November 3

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Storytelling Celebration 2020: The Bebop Monster (MCPL360)

With my imagination, you have the power to create a story anyway you want. Even your fav, monster can dig some cool, Bebop Jazz.
Ages 3+

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Storytelling Celebration 2020: Tricksters and Shapeshifters! (MCPL360)

Are these stories true? Yes and no, of course!” Join Gene as he shares stories from his Native heritage and personal experiences.
Ages 9+

Wednesday, November 4

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Storytelling Celebration 2020: Tales in Tandem (MCPL360)

There are always two sides to every story. Linda and Gary tell stories of road trips and true love from personal experience to Greek myths. Come and listen before you decide which side you choose.
For adults

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Storytelling Celebration 2020: It’s Storytelling Time (MCPL360)

Join Oba William King for a collection of story-songs, folk tales, rhythm and rhyme, with original stories and poems from his books.
Ages 8+

Thursday, November 5

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Storytelling Celebration 2020: Silly Stuff (MCPL360)

From tee-hee to guffaw, with giggles in between, this program is not for the serious minded. Check all scowls at the door! Stories, songs and puppets galore!
Ages 4+

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Storytelling Celebration 2020: Once Upon a Cuento (MCPL360)

Ready for some fun? Laughter & smiles need no translation!
Ages 9+

Friday, November 6

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Storytelling Celebration 2020: True Tall Tales & Other Lies (MCPL360)

Jim Wallen shares side-splitting, belly laughing stories of growing up in the Ozarks.
Ages 9+

Saturday, November 7

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.    

Storytelling Celebration 2020 Workshop: Telling Stories with Music and Movement Workshop Featuring Oba William King (Zoom)

Join storyteller and musician Oba William King and learn how to capture audiences’ attention through storytelling, poetry and drama.
For adults

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Storytelling Celebration 2020: Family Storytelling Concert Featuring Beth Horner (MCPL360)

“Pluck, Muck, Laughter & Groans: Stories and Songs from My Family to Yours:” From childhood farmyard escapades to traditional tales of adventure, storyteller Beth Horner will captivate with stories told with words, music, kazoos & bones.
All ages 

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Storytelling Celebration 2020 Workshop: Spicing Up the Storytelling Stew with a Second Language Featuring Carrie Sue Ayvar (Zoom)

Use a second language as a sprinkle of spice (only a word or two necessary) or as a flavorful main
ingredient (more fluency) and learn how to blend two languages into a savory story that flows with ease.
Discover and develop your own tasty tales through demonstration and participation. Appropriate for
new or experienced tellers. Fluency in second language is NOT required.
For adults

2:15 - 3:00 p.m.

Storytelling Celebration 2020: Family Storytelling Concert Featuring Gene Tagaban (MCPL360)

"Are these stories true? Yes and no, of course!” Join Gene as he shares stories from his Native heritage and personal experiences. The teachings of Raven and Coyote, rising of the tides and the people of the air, water and land. Trees hold the remembering, if you want to remember ask the trees. To enjoy this virtual program, go to our MCPL360 Facebook page at the scheduled day and time.
All ages
 

Featured Storytellers

Carrie Sue Ayvar

Beth Horner

Oba William King

Gene Tagaban

Kansas City-Area Storytellers

Brother John Anderson

Priscilla Howe

Gary and Linda Kuntz

Joyce Slater

Jim Two Crows Wallen

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