Archive for October, 2007

Lisa’s Storytelling Festival Photos

Check out my friend and coworker Lisa’s blog for some great photos of the aforementioned Frisco Storytelling Festival. I forgot to announce that we received a proclamation from the governor in recognition of the Festival, and that next year’s festival will be renamed the Lone Star Storytelling Festival at Frisco. We’re so cool!

Two of my teen puppeteers and I get ready for a long day of puppet shows!


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I Survived…

…the 4th annual Frisco Storytelling Festival! This yearly event takes months to prepare for (more like the entire year for some!) For those not in the know (like myself, before I took this librarian job!), storytelling festivals have nothing to do with storytime at the library. Instead, we’re talking dramatic performances sort of akin to one-man theater or stand-up comedy, and directed not at young children, but at older children and adults. This year we had four featured storytellers, and I had the wonderful opportunity to emcee for three of them (all except the Emmy Award winning Bobby Norfolk) at Friday’s Field Trip Day for all the one million fourth graders of Frisco. I have to say, Beth Horner—the only woman storyteller this year—was such a lovely and kind person. She was giving me encouragement and applause throughout the Field Trip Day concerts, and was just super-sweet and funny as could be.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see any of the storytellers’ concerts during Saturday daytime, nor did I catch any of the 19 student tellers I helped train throughout the months leading up to the Festival. That’s because I spent the day manning the Puppet Show Tent (directed at toddlers and preschoolers, who definitely wouldn’t “get” the storytellers) with my kick-butt compadre Misty and four of my favorite teen volunteers. After 6 half-hour performances at the top of each hour to a total of 1,117 people, the six of us were just about ready to drop dead!

Still—though beaten, tired, sick, and hungry—I can safely say we all had a great time, and truly felt a sense of accomplishment after wrapping up another outstanding Festival!

Want to know more about our featured tellers? Check out their websites:

Beth Horner


Doug Lipman


David Novak


Bobby Norfolk

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Goodbye, Harry Potter!

For now, at least. I milked it for as long as I could. I think it took me a good three months to read the final installment of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, partly because I’m a slow reader, and partly because I just didn’t want it to come to an end. The mere fact that I knew my journey with Harry, Hermione, Ron, and gang was about to be over moved me to tears—it certainly didn’t help matters that the end was so intense and emotional!

I won’t give any spoilers, but I will point you to an article that does! I just read n exclusive Today Show interview with J.K. Rowling. In it, she elaborates on the somewhat vague epilogue she left us with in the Deathly Hallows. I also read that Rowling is planning on writing a Harry Potter Encyclopedia, promising even more details on your favorite characters. Read about it here!

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“Librariman” in Merriam-Webster’s Open Dictionary

I coined it, and I entered it—it’s as simple as that! Not only is Merriam-Webster’s Open Dictionary a blast to browse through, but it’s also intensely satisfying to add your own word (or at least what you think is your own word) and see it appear!

librariman (noun) : a male librarian, similar to “guybrarian” (plural: librarimen)
On the ride to the ALA convention, it dawned on Petunia that she was the only female in a car full of librarimen.

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