The Jackson District Library will host the 31st Jackson Storyfest October 17-19 in Jackson, MI. The three days will feature some of the most talented and renowned Storytellers throughout the United States.

The stories begin on Wednesday, October 17th with performances by Judy Sima and Mother Goose a.k.a. Trudy Bulkley. Pre-schoolers from across Jackson County will be intrigued and excited as they experience these whimsical storytime celebrations.

On Thursday, October 18th LaRon Williams will present his much anticipated “Silver Tales” for the Young at Heart. Packaged especially for seniors, this event will be hosted by the Ella Sharp Museum in their Community Room beginning at 10:00 am.
On Thursday and Friday, school districts throughout Jackson County will welcome master storytellers into their classrooms. Students from elementary through high school will be enlightened and inspired as their special guests bring to life tales from across time, history and cultures.
As a finale celebration of Storyfest, the Storytelling Showcase Event will be held free to the public at the Michigan Theatre in Downtown Jackson beginning at 7:30pm on Friday, October 19th. Headliners for the show include gifted storytellers Judy Sima, Robin Nott, Jenifer Strauss, Adam Mellema and Corrine Stavish, who will also serve as Emcee for the evening. This is a family event and all ages are welcomed!

The event is free and is partially funded through a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs


The Jackson District Library is very excited to once again welcome the exuberant producer, writer, director, and storyteller, Adam Mellema.
Beginning in ninth grade as a blooming storyteller, Mellema traveled across the State of Michigan competing in high school forensic competitions. He went on to obtain his formal education at The Goodman Theatre School of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Arts from Calvin College.
As a professional storyteller, Mellema brings to life characters within his tales, drawing on his collection of published stories, oral histories, ethnic folktales, familiar children’s narratives and his own experiences. Mellema has broadened his horizons, bringing the joy of storytelling to many cultures as he has traveled around the world.
His expressive language and engaging energy makes him a much anticipated performer for Jackson County communities.


ROBIN NOTT combines storytelling and folk singing to awaken audiences of all ages to their authentic personal imaginative worlds. On the wings of story and song, Nott enables listeners to experience new worlds through the eyes of a child. Nott will tell you his true story, while listening for and honoring yours. Robin Nott has been storytelling and folksinging with audiences of all ages since 1983. He has told stories in schools, libraries, scout programs, state and national parks, churches, conferences, and festivals of all kinds.


JUDY SIMA is known across the country for her practical, interactive workshops with educators, librarians, students and families. She is a frequent presenter at the National Storytelling Conference, American Association of School Librarians, Michigan Reading Association and Michigan Association for Media in Education. Sima is a leading authority on youth storytelling. With more than 20 years experience coaching students and adults, Sima has helped many others to become storytellers. Her enthusiasm is contagious!


CORINNE STAVISH was born in The Bronx, spent her childhood years in Tulsa, Oklahoma, divided her adolescence between Chicago and NYC, went to college in Illinois, reared her children in Evanston, Illinois, and moved to
Michigan in midlife. Living in four states has given her an unusual perspective of this country and introduced her to a variety of people (characters) who populate her stories. Universally recognizable regional accents and situations fill her tales.


Dynamic and thought provoking…engaging and educational…heart-warming and humorous, JENIFER STRAUSS offers a unique brand of energy-injected and interactive performances, trainings, keynotes and consultation services using story as the common denominator to capture interest, motivate learning, inspire action, and transform lives. In 1993, following ten years as an environmental educator and classroom teacher, Strauss united her passion for teaching and storytelling to create Story Be Told, a narrative consulting business.

Jackson District Library is very grateful to all the community support we receive to present Jackson Storyfest. We would like to recognize the Jackson Intermediate School District for their
collaboration in scheduling the school performances and to all the community volunteers who donate their time and talent to this event. A special thank you to all the following individuals, businesses and organizations for their generous donations.

Jackson Storyfest is partially funded through a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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