Summer Reading 2017: Stories for a Better World

Summer seems like a long way off in these dreary days of February. But for a storyteller, summer is just around the corner, and this is the time to be busy planning and practicing for summer shows.

My summers are usually filled with library summer reading programs, and it's something I look forward to every year. This year I am focusing once again on the national theme for the libraries, Build A Better World. It's fantastic for a storyteller because most stories are meant to do exactly that--stories teach, inspire, and encourage us, not through outright "do this" statements, but through words that make us understand what is right and good, how we should behave and how goodness can be rewarded. Folktales were, after all, the original media.

Several performances are already scheduled. I hope your local library will consider having me come!