Storyfest

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. 


School Sessions

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. 



Storyfest Showcase
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. 

Teachers will:  
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 
Ellen Heins 
Mike and Sara Tackett 
Jack Esterline  
James and Joyce Grace 
Kathy Lincoln 
Sheryl Fagin 
James Lefere 
Clyde and Laurel Mauldin 
Chuck and Pam Schultz 
Catherine Nowak 
Gary and Lynn Kenworthy  
Travis and Georgia Fojtasek 
Jackson County Association of Retired School Personnel 
Kurt and Lisa Rudolph 
Darold and Judy Ebersole 
Judy Szink 
Jack V. Butterfield Investment Co. 
Roy and Lois Kelly 
Fordine Williams 
Catherine McLaughlin 
Edward and Helen Greene 
Marcia Whitehead  
Florence Guidinger 
Fredrick and Deborah Marshall 
Chad and Jennifer Noble 
Marie Fisher 
Melanie Hilliard 
Diane Dray 
Elayne Eberhart 
Angela Hiler 
Janell Houser 
Nancy McCormack 
Elaine Solomon 
Susan Herrington 
Jim and Judee Royster 
Jackson Symphony Orchestra 
JTV 

Grants: Jackson Literary & Arts Association 

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