Friday, July 17, 2009

Storytelling Workshop! YAY

The Teens Telling Tales 4th Annual Storytelling Workshop ended last night with a performance by several of its members, and a couple of its leaders.

First off, I have to say that Teens Telling Tales excel!!! Josh, Kelly, Si, Erik, Alisha, Alison, Evelyn - are stupendous teens and wonderful game leaders. Of all of them, Josh is the BEST!! Watching this young man work with 8 and 9 year olds has been an education over the last four years. When he graduates from high school next spring, I don't know what I'll do. I'll actually have to lead games!! Si, whose acquaintance I just made, was a wonderful activity leader. She was great at getting the kids to use their voices well. I learned a lot from her.

Kelly is so good with those kids who feel a little out of place. She was able to turn tears to smiles more than once this week. She is truly unique.

Erik makes me laugh, brings excellent snacks and keeps things interesting. Alisha is dependable and bright. Alison has an upbeat nature and caring nature and Evelyn is steady and a up and coming storytelling whiz.

I also had Gabe helping since his little brother was a "camper". The kids loved him.

And college student, Danielle, is new to the library but she was invaluable in keeping me organized.

It was a great week. Storytelling is wonderful.

The camaraderie that the kids showed tonight in their ties and silly hats was wonderful. Josh got all the kids in a circle and they "Passed the Squeeze" before the performance. I wish I get a picture of that, truly. I hope I never forget that.

Larry Sceurman was a wonderful MC and he told three funny stories and did some magic, too.

If I get pictures, I'll post a few. Good morning. I need to sleep.