The Jackson District Library’s 34th Annual Storyfest returns November 1-6, 2021. This year’s theme – Storytelling Through the Arts – captures the many fun and creative forms of storytelling, from spoken word to song and dance. We are excited to partner with local organizations and professional storytellers to bring a unique storytelling experience to the Jackson Community.
Storytellers including Larry Castleberry, La’Ron Williams, Laura Raynor and Jenifer Strauss will be sharing their storytelling talents both in-person and virtually with 35 area schools, from Pre-K-12th grade.
Stories of the First Peoples of Michigan
During the week of Storyfest, we’re excited to present a collection of traditional tales, music and songs of the First Nation people who have called the Great Lakes home, performed by storyteller Genot Picor. Click here to access the collection.
Silver Tales featuring Cynthia Shelhart
November 3, 11 AM at the Ella Sharp Museum Community Room
Join us for a masterful performance by renowned harpist Cynthia Shelhart. Cynthia is an international authority on double-strung harp performance and pedagogy, and she literally wrote the book used by double harp students around the world. A winner of the US National Scottish Harp Championship, Cynthia is in international demand as a festival clinician, speaker, and performing artist.
This event is free and open to the public.
November 5, 7 PM at Weatherwax Hall
This year’s Storyfest Showcase truly encompasses Storytelling Through The Arts with performances by Jackson School of the Arts dance troupe, poetry and music duo Lonnie & Clyde, Center Stage Jackson, and storytellers Tre Howl and Satori Shakoor.
This event is free, however registration is required. Click here to register for the Storyfest Showcase!
The Art of Storytelling: Life Into Words Virtual Workshop
November 6, 10 AM
This highly interactive workshop focuses on the relevance of the spoken word and the oral tradition in an educational setting. Teachers can learn how to take a story off the page and bring it to life and how it can be used to support the curriculum.
Storyteller and teaching artist Noa Baum, engages participants in dynamic hand-on activities to experience their creativity, and find their unique storyteller voice as she introduces them to the valuable role storytelling plays in the cognitive, emotional, and social development of children.
Discover the power of oral language
Learn a few simple steps to remember and tell a story
Gain tools to hold students’ attention
Develop creativity and self-expression
This workshop is open to all Jackson County teachers, and participants will receive continuing education credits. Click here to register for the Storyfest Workshop!
We would like to offer a special thank you to all the following individuals, businesses, and organizations for their generous donations and support that allow us to bring Storyfest to the Jackson Community:
Addison P. Cook III Foundation
True Community Credit Union
Linda and Chuck Furgason
Gretchen and David Mikelonis
South Central Credit Union
Dillon and Associates, Inc. Investment Counsel
Louis Glick Memorial & Charitable Trust and Alro Steel Corporation
Meijer Store – Airport Road
Mike and Sara Tackett
James and Joyce Grace
Clyde and Laurel Mauldin
Chuck and Pam Schultz
Gary and Lynn Kenworthy
Travis and Georgia Fojtasek
Jackson County Association of Retired School Personnel
Kurt and Lisa Rudolph
Darold and Judy Ebersole
Jack V. Butterfield Investment Co.
Roy and Lois Kelly
Edward and Helen Greene
Fredrick and Deborah Marshall
Chad and Jennifer Noble
Jim and Judee Royster
Jackson Symphony Orchestra
Grants: Jackson Literary & Arts Association