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October 2017
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  Evanston Public Library Storytelling Festival
  Evanston Public Library Storytelling Festival
  Evanston Public Library Storytelling Festival
  Community Commons
  Illinois Storytelling's Open Mic and Featured Teller
  Illinois Storytelling's Family Festival of Stories
  Act I: Stories of Powerful Elders; Act: Conversation Cafe/Open Mic, topic: Medicare for All
  Not-Too-Scary Ghost Stories for the Whole Family
  DRACULA - with Storyteller Megan Wells
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Oct 6th, 2017 (Fri) -- Oct 8th, 2017 (Sun)
  Evanston Public Library Storytelling Festival

The Evanston Public Library Storytelling Festival brings inspired storytelling to the Library and other downtown locations for a full, fall weekend of compelling stories and community listening and sharing. The nation’s most vibrant storytellers are joined in this festival by favorites from the burgeoning Chicago scene, passionate student voices from Northwestern University and Evanston schools, along with workshops, panel discussions, and open mic opportunities for all.

From personal true stories to folktales, from ghost stories to the edgy fringe, from Spoken Word to tales from around the world, this festival promises something for all. Bring the kids, bring your friends, and open yourself up to the art and heart of storytelling.

Time(s): All weekend...see webpage
Admission:  free

Evanston Public Library
Main Library
1703 Orrington Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
(events will also be held at the Woman's Club of Evanston, Celtic Knot, Hyatt Hotel, Bookends and Beginnings Bookstore, and the parking lot library in the tent.)

847.448.8600 (EPL)

Oct 14th, 2017 (Sat)
  Community Commons

Interactive Storytelling and Celebration activities for the entire family. Join local favorite Oba William King at Park Forest public library 400 Lakewood Blvd Park Forest, iL 1:00 pm This event is designed for the entire family.... Arm Held to Seniors and celebration in the Kid Zone... Free for the family...

Join us for one of the most EXCITING story tellers, Oba William King! Watch Oba as he masterfully combines professional theatrical training with a distinct poetic style. He's an entertaining educator sharing the traditional art form as if it were a sacred gift. You don't want to miss this show!

Admission  FREE

400 Lakewood Blvd
Park Forest, IL 60466

708 749 3731 ext 23

Oct 14th, 2017 (Sat)
  Illinois Storytelling's Open Mic and Featured Teller

Featured Teller Janice Del Negro says “I am a storyteller who excavates and decorates the bones of traditional folk and fairy tales as an invitation to others to do the same.”

Janice Del Negro, PhD, Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, teaches Children’s Literature, Storytelling, and Young Adult Literature. She collaborated with Ellin Greene on the classic textbook, Storytelling: Art & Technique. Folktales Aloud: Practical Tips for Playful Storytelling was published in 2013. Del Negro’s books, Lucy Dove (1998), Willa and the Wind (2005), and Passion and Poison (2007), have received starred reviews and notable awards. She conducts workshops on storytelling, book reviewing, writing, reading motivation and was featured at the National Storytelling Festival, the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Illinois Storytelling Festival, the University of Illinois Youth Literature Festival, and many other celebratory events.

7:00 - 9:00 PM
No Cover Charge

Lewis Lounge, Lewis Hall, Dominican University, 7900 W. Division, River Forest, IL

Oct 20th, 2017 (Fri)
  Illinois Storytelling's Family Festival of Stories

The Family Festival of Stories is a pre-Halloween evening of fun for families with children 4 - 10. Featured Teller Donna Washington has performed at thousands of schools & libraries and numerous storytelling festivals throughout the country. She has also been featured at numerous storytelling festivals including the National Storytelling Festival, The Illinois Storytelling Festival, The Three Rivers Festival, The St. Louis Storytelling Festival, The NC StoryFest, The Corn Island and Cave Run Festivals in KY, just to name a few. Donna is also a multiple award winning recording artist. Donna's CD, "A Little Shiver", won the 2004 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award and 2005 Storytelling World Honors. Her CD "Fun, Foolery, and Folktales" also won the 2004 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award and a 2006 Storytelling World Honors. And her CD "The Sword and The Rose" has won an iParenting Media 2005 Excellent Product Award, a 2005 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award and a 2006 Storytelling World Award.

"I have never seen our students so captivated by a performer. You had them in the palm of your hand, and they loved every minute of your stories." Linda Mackay, Linda L. MacKay, Librarian, Forest Grove Elementary School

6:00 Face Painting, 6:30 Fancy Face Parade, 7:00 Stories
Admission  $5 per family

Fine Arts Building, Dominican University, River Forest, IL

Oct 21st, 2017 (Sat)
  Act I: Stories of Powerful Elders; Act: Conversation Cafe/Open Mic, topic: Medicare for All

Act I: (7pm--8:15pm) Storytellers Jim May and Lynda Markut will tell stories of elders, from the powerful elders in their own lives to the joys and sorrows encountered in treated loved ones who suffer from dementia.

Psychologist, James Hillman has said:
"The final years have a very important purpose: the fulfillment and confirmation of one's character. When we open our imaginations to the idea of the ancestor, aging can free us from convention and transform us into a force of nature, releasing our deepest held beliefs for the benefit of society."

Lynda Marjut has co-authored the book, along with Anatole Crane: DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS SHARE THEIR STORIES: A SUPPORT GROUP IN A BOOK
Jim May's new collection of stories, TRAIL GUIDE FOR A CROOKED HEART is a collection of fables and reflections for life's journeys.

Act II: (8:30--10:00pm) Conversation Cafe is a national movement encouraging calm, respectful dialogue of important issues effecting issues facing our country. Everyone who wished to speak will speak once (3 minute limit). After everyone who wishes to speak speaks, the open mic will be passed around again.

Topic for Oct 21, Medicare For All Some propositions:
A single payer health care delivery system is the cheapest, most efficient method.
It is time for health care be taken our to the hands of for-prophet insurance companies
Medicare for all would be an unacceptable expense, increase our national debt
And more . . .

7:00pm and 8:30pm
Admission No cover, donations appreciated

Stage Left Cafe, 225 Van Buren, Woodstock, Illinois Square -- attached to the Woodstock Opera house

Oct 28th, 2017 (Sat)
  Not-Too-Scary Ghost Stories for the Whole Family

Jim May tells and writes stories for all ages. Come hear many funny (and a bit scary), ghostly adventures of the Boo Baby Girl and her sidekick, Bootsie, the Bilingual Cattle-Herding Chihuahua in a sneak preview of his new chapter book: The Further Adventures of the Boo Baby Girl. Jim’s children’s stories are favorites across the Chicagoland area and America. Join us for this family friendly Halloween show and book signing event. ----ice cream social and book signing after the show.

Presented by Jim May
TICKETS: $8.00 All Seats
*Family and Group Discounts Available

Woodstock Opera House
121 Van Buren Street
Woodstock IL 60098
Box Office: 815-338-5300

Oct 28th, 2017 (Sat)
  DRACULA - with Storyteller Megan Wells

Experience the emotional thrill of Bram Stoker’s gothic masterpiece in this elegantly horrific one-woman show by Megan Wells (resident Storyteller - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Joseph Jefferson Award - Chicago Theater). With depth and charisma Megan brings the Monster to life as you have never experienced him before.

“Bram Stoker’s adrenaline-laced, dark and thrilling ride portrays Mina Harker as heroine rather than a victim. Mina understands we are, each of us, one bite away from the Vampire Hunger.” --Megan Wells

Presented by Jim May
TICKETS: $26.00 Adults & 21.00 Students
(This program is recommended for Adults and Young Adults)

Woodstock Opera House
121 Van Buren Street
Woodstock IL 60098
Box Office: 815-338-5300