One of the goals of the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild is to inform the public and teachers on the use of story in education. To that end, we host the Pennsylvania Youth Storytelling Showcase, an annual competition of young storytellers. This completion will be held at the Northampton Community College on April 26th in 2014. Students who compete may also enter into the pool of candidates for the National Youth Storytelling Showcase, hosted by the Timpanogos Storytelling Conference in Orem, Utah in March of 2015. These are all wonderful experiences for students and their families to get involved with the art of storytelling.
One of the long time promoters of youth storytelling in the valley is Karen Maurer. Karen mentored both myself and my daughter when we first stuck our toes in the waters of storytelling. Though now retired, she served as the Youth Services Librarian at the Parkland Community Library for many years. Out of the Parkland library she ran the Storytellers’ Circle, an intergenerational storytelling club—that is parents and their children telling stories—and later the Black Rose Storytelling Troupe, made up of teen tellers. Both Karen and I are involved with the Pennsylvania Youth Storytelling Showcase that I just mentioned. I will be talking more about that event as we get closer to April.
I have for you a story told by Karen Maurer called White Wave, followed by a story from my daughter, Emily, who Karen coached, and won her division at the National Youth Storytelling Showcase back to 2003. Her story The Frog Garden is her own creation.
We will start with Karen Maurer.
That was Emily Kiernan and before her, Karen Maurer. Karen will be performing at the Lititz Storytelling Festival September 13th and 14th, along with many other fine tellers in the delightful little town of Lititz, Pennsylvania. For more information you can google storypartners.net.
Also, Celebrating their 21st Year, The Annual New Jersey Storytelling Festival will be held on September 22nd, 12 Noon – 6 PM on the Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, rain or shine, with indoor and outdoor sites. Some of our Guild tellers will be there. $12 for Adults • $10 Seniors • $8 Child (under 5 Free.)
It is time for you to get involved with storytelling. You can always visit lvstorytellers.org and we will try to keep you inform of local events. Until then, have fun and keep a story in your heart.