Since it was established in 2013 as a mission-enhancement program of Mid-Continent Public Library, The Story Center has helped thousands of people create stories, share their stories, and connect with the stories of others.
If you are an aspiring author or an oral or digital storyteller, our free programs will help you develop skills and knowledge to identify, craft, and market your original stories. The series of twelve courses for writers and oral storytellers offered as part of our Storytelling Certificate Program, for example, will help you grow your stories from a spark of inspiration into a polished, marketable product.
If you want to share your stories, we offer the Woodneath Press and the Espresso Book Machine (EBM). Committed to local authors and local content, the award-winning Woodneath Press publishes books in various genres and considers manuscripts on a quarterly basis. For a nominal fee, anyone can use the EBM, a device that prints, binds, and trims paperback books in minutes.
Our programs and resources can also help you connect with the stories of others. The Story Center Speakers Series, for instance, brings emerging and bestselling authors to MCPL for readings and book signings. And The Story Center Collection includes books and periodicals to inspire and guide storytellers of all kinds.
Whatever your interest, the four staff of the Story Center are here to help you with the same dedication to customer service for which MCPL is known:
- Mark Livengood, Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, (816) 883-4793
- Shannon Thompson, Program Manager, email@example.com, (816) 883-4780
Let us know how we can help you achieve your storytelling goals.
Mark Livengood, PhD
Story Center Director