Once upon a time there was a storytelling festival. It was derailed by an evil pandemic until, one day, a fearless team of storytellers put their magical forces together to conquer the odds and climb the mighty fortress of digital programming and (cue dramatic music)… share their stories with the world!
Since 1976, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has been partnering with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools to introduce as many local children in grades K-5 as possible to the artform of oral and traditional storytelling. A team of Library staffers across all 20 Library branches raise their hands each May to become the Frontline Storytellers, heading into CMS partner schools to tell stories from all over the world to thousands of Charlotte school children in a single day.
Although unable to participate in 2020, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is thrilled to announce that we are back in full force with Storyvine 2021, which will be fully digital and open not just to CMS students but, for the first time ever, to the public as well.
On Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., there will be more than 10 different storytellers sharing traditional tales on the ImaginOn Facebook page and Charlotte Mecklenburg Library YouTube channel every 30 minutes from Germany, Russia, Africa, England, Panama, the Caribbean, Peru, the Native American and Appalachian traditions, and more!
If you’re a teacher or educator who would like to celebrate with us, we’ve created a lesson plan HERE with additional discussion points.
On behalf of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, we invite you to join us for this full-day digital storytelling experience as Storyvine 2021 lives on--dare we say--happily ever after.
This blog was written by Becca Worthington, children's librarian at ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center.