10th Annual Storytelling Festival at Washington County Libraries
The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) hosts the 10th Annual Storytelling Festival - Art of the Story . The festival features five professional storytellers: Bil Lepp (South Charleston, WV), Alton Takiyama-Chung (Vancouver, WA), Olga Loya (San Jose, CA), Will Hornyak (Portland, OR) and Habiba Addo (Portland, OR & Ghana, West Africa).
The festival performances are designed for the enjoyment of adults and children ages 6 and up, unless otherwise noted. The week-long storytelling extravaganza features 14 storytelling performances at the WCCLS member libraries, the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center and the Washington County Museum in Hillsboro.
Saturday, April 5: Beaverton Library, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Tales From The Monarchy: Alton Chung
Stories from the Kingdom of Hawaii.
The Myth of Skeleton Woman & Other Tales from the Edge: Will Hornyak
Saturday, April 5: Tualatin Library: 4 p.m.
So, That’s Why! Habiba Addo
Pourquoi tales from Africa explaining in fantastical ways how and why particular animals look and act a certain way.
Sunday, April 6: Washington County Museum: 1 – 4 p.m.
(at Hillsboro Civic Center, 2nd Floor above Starbucks: 120 E Main Street, Hillsboro 97123)
1 p.m.: Curating Your Story & The Museum As Storyteller: Beth Dehn (Designed for adults & ages 10+)
2:15 p.m.: Erin's Cauldron: A Rich Brew of Irish Myths & Legends: Will Hornyak
3 p.m.: Workshop: The Art & Craft of the Tale: Will Hornyak
Monday, April 7: West Slope Library: 6:30 p.m.
(at Raleigh Park Elementary School 3670 SW 78th Ave, Portland 97225)
The World of Tricksters: Habiba Addo
Tuesday, April 8: Walters Cultural Arts Center – Hillsboro: 7 p.m.
(at 527 East Main Street, Hillsboro 97123)
Caribbean Waters to The African Savannah: Habiba Addo (Adult focused)
Wednesday, April 9: Washington County Museum: Noon – 4 p.m.
(PCC Rock Creek Campus: 17677 NW Springville Road, Portland 97229)
The Museum houses the county archives, artifacts, and an extensive library of documents and reference materials on the PCC Rock Creek Campus. Join the Museum curatorial and archives staff for an open house to familiarize yourself with the resources available as you explore your family history. Advance reservations are encouraged, please RSVP to 503-645-5353 ext. 300 and visit the Museum website (www.washingtoncountymuseum.org) for directions and details.
Passport to African Countries: Habiba Addo (Adult focused)
Travel to several African countries through heartwarming and cautionary tales
Wednesday, April 9: Garden Home Library: 7 p.m.
Mayhem & Other Tall Tales: Bil Lepp (Adult focused)
Wednesday, April 9: North Plains Library: 7 p.m.
(at Jessie Mays Hall, 30975 NW Hillcrest Street, North Plains 97133)
Let’s Work Together: Olga Loya
Thursday, April 10: Banks Library: 7 p.m.
Tales From The Plantations: Alton Chung
Stories from Hawaii's Plantation Days
Thursday, April 10: Tualatin Library: 6:30 p.m.
Singing & Dancing Through Stories: Olga Loya (in Spanish)
Friday, April 11: Cedar Mill Library: 7 p.m.
Bright Ideas Gone Bad: Bil Lepp
Saturday, April 12: Sherwood Library: 10:30 a.m.
Fire, Fire Pants On Liar: Bil Lepp
Saturday, April 12: Beaverton Library: 1 – 3 p.m.
The Lego Method Of Storytelling Workshop: Presented by Bil Lepp (For adults & ages 10+)
Saturday, April 12: Beaverton Library, 3 – 4 p.m.
Story Swap with Portland Storytellers’ Guild
Saturday, April 12: Hillsboro Library – Main, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Storytelling Reception & Festival Finale Concert (Adult focused)
Please join us for a Storytelling Reception and Finale Concert featuring a no-host bar with complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Limited childcare for children ages 2-8 is also available for this evening event; please contact the Hillsboro Library in advance for details (503-615-6500).
This adult focused program showcases all five of the festivals storytellers:
Habiba Addo: The Cow Tail Switch - A great hunter does not return home after several months. His sons set off to investigate. What will they find?
Will Hornyak: Little Red Riding Hood: The REAL Story! - The never before told story of what really happened in those dark woods so long, long ago. You'll be shocked, you'll be amazed!!!
Alton Chung: Tales From A Misspent Adulthood - What was I thinking?
Olga Loya: Stories Of The Heart - Folklore and personal stories as a healing mirror that give courage and insight to us all
Bil Lepp: Pulling Out All The Stops - It's gonna be funny
For directions to the performance venues and additional festival details please visit www.wccls.org/festival or pick up a festival newsletter at a local WCCLS member library.