The Story Center, established in 2013, celebrates and develops writers, performers, and filmmakers through access to free resources, workshops, and a community of storytellers. The Story Center offers a Storytelling Certificate Program in partnership with Metropolitan Community College (MCC–Maple Woods), The Story Center Speaker Series in partnership with Rainy Day Books, a local author fair every December, and the award-winning Woodneath Press, which allows authors to see their work in print.
A Message from the Director about The Story Center:
Libraries have always been about sharing stories. Through The Story Center at Mid-Continent Public Library, you can tell your story and share it in a variety of ways. The Story Center’s home is a unique property with a rich history of its own. The Woodneath Estate, purchased in 2008 by MCPL, holds natural beauty, historic features, and endless potential. The Woodneath Library Center opened on the site in June of 2013 and, since then, has served thousands seeking innovation, information, ideas, and inspiration.
Whether it is a memoir, poetry collection, family history, or something else entirely, The Story Center is the place to come to learn to tell your story, connect with storytelling resources, and find the best avenue for bringing your story to life.
With storytelling as a special mission, MCPL is able to offer new and exciting programs and services through The Story Center. The Story Center programming series provides opportunities to learn more about visual, oral, and written storytelling. Partnerships with the National Storytelling Network and The Writers Place have established The Story Center as a unique national resource.
The Woodneath Press and Espresso Book Machine (EBM) are two important facets of The Story Center at MCPL. The award-winning Woodneath Press serves as the Library’s in-house publishing division, working with authors of various backgrounds and genres to develop and distribute professionally published works.
The Espresso Book Machine, used by the Woodneath Press to print books on demand, is a state-of-the-art device that prints, binds, and trims paperback books in minutes. While authors must apply to be published by the Woodneath Press, anyone can use the EBM’s printing services for a nominal fee.
Looking forward to hearing your story,
Steven V. Potter
Mid-Continent Public Library Director & CEO