Do You Know What Today Is? Do You Have Any Idea What Today Is?

Today is the First of May! May 1st! And you know what that means…


Please join the St. Louis Public Library to welcome great tellers from around the world. We’ll even have many telling sessions at some of your favorite SLPL locations.

Check out the St. Louis Storytelling Website HERE, but we’ll give you a few details to get you started:

Wednesday, May 1

10:30-11:30 a.m.                    Central Library         Grade 4-7

Sue Hinkel is retired artist who paints pictures with her words. She has been telling for 33 years and was a featured storyteller in 1991 and 1999.


Kunama Mtendaji, a native St. Louisan, is influenced by the stories, poems, riddles, rhymes, songs, and stories of his relatives as well as the oral traditions of Africa. He was a featured storyteller 1993 and 2012.


11 a.m.-Noon                         Cabanne                     Preschool-Grade 2

Carole Shelton is known for her portrayals historical figures like Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman, as well as her original stories, folktales, and inspirational stories.


Thursday, May 2

10-11 a.m.                               Carondelet                 Preschool-2nd Grade

Jackie Wright tells high-energy folktales while Glen “Papa” Wright, Jr. adds dynamic sound effects and music. Audience participation encouraged. The duo were featured storytellers in 2006.


Friday, May 3

10:30-11:30 a.m.                    Central                       Preschool-2nd Grade

Sandi Sylver, storyteller/ventriloquist/songstress, is educational as well as flat-out entertaining, She tours nationally with the puppet family she calls “The Girls.”


Marilyn Kinsella is also known as “Taleypo.” A fulltime teller of tales from around the world, she shares her stories with the young and young-at-heart. She was featured storyteller in 1991 and 2010.



Saturday, May 4                                      Central                         Families

11 a.m.

Kala JoJo is a folklorist, self-styled musician, storyteller, and touring artist. He brings a lifetime of training and experience to every event. A music teacher at the Harambee Charter School in Philadelphia, Kala weaves songs and ditties born of African heritage into stories of cultural diversity, healing, conflict resolve, and side-splitting humor. He has been featured at festivals around the country.

1 p.m.

Michael Parent, a native Mainer of French-Canadian descent, has performed as a storyteller and singer (in both English and French) throughout the United States and beyond since 1977. He has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival and international festivals in England, France, Ireland, New Zealand, and Poland. His award winning audiotape, Sundays at Grandma’s, was based on stories collected from family and other members of the Franco-American community.


All storytelling sessions at the Library are FREE and open to the public.


Hear all the 2013 Featured Tellers at UMSL, Touhill Performing Arts Center on May 4, 2013 7:30-9 p.m.   Call (314) 516-4949 or go to purchase tickets.



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