The Jackson District Library is excited to announce the 31st Jackson Storyfest, which takes place Oct. 17-19 in Jackson. This three-day event features some of the most talented and famous storytellers from all over the United States of America.

Storyfest gets rolling with preschool storytelling sessions beginning Wednesday, Oct. 17. Head Start programs and early education organizations across Jackson County will gather together to participate in preschool story sessions. Leading the children in a whimsical story time performance are Mrs. Mother Goose (Trudy Bulkey) at Carnegie Library and Cate Roberts-Snyder at the Lyle Torrant Center.

Continuing the storytelling celebration 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, will be LaRon Williams performing for Jackson area senior citizens at the much anticipated “Silver Tales for the Young at Heart.” Packaged especially for seniors, this event will
be hosted at the Ella Sharp Museum Community Room, 3225 Fourth St. in Jackson.

All day Thursday and Friday, school districts will welcome master storytellers into their classrooms to enlighten, inspire and bring to life tales from across time, history and cultures. Schools set to welcome storytellers include elementary, middle, and high schools from all over Jackson County.

As a finale celebration of Storyfest, the Storytelling Showcase event is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the Michigan Theatre located at 124 N. Mechanic Street in downtown Jackson. Headliners
include: Robin Nott, Judy Sima, Corrine Stavish, and Jenifer Strauss. Check your local library for up-to-date places and times for various Storyfest events.


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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