*This past week, I received emails from two different performers who are doing good work on the local level: "Miss Maggie" of Miss Maggie Sings! in Berks County, Pennsylvania, and Mr. Seley in Birmingham, Michigan. Both of their sites have videos that showcase a little of what they do.
*On September 23, Eric Wolf of The Art of Storytelling With Children hosts Thomas Reese speaking on the topic Why Tell Children Scary Stories? I for one will be listening in. I rarely tell scary stories more nail-biting than Betty Lehrman's "The Graveyard Voice" (which you can hear her tell on her CD called Tales for the Telling. You can get it here. In fact, whenever I've succumbed to the pleas to tell another scary story, I've gotten into trouble: the story ended up being too scary for my audience. Obviously, I need to find a happy medium between tingly and creepy.
*You may have read already about the death of storyteller Colleen Salley. I got to meet her once, when my library supervisor invited my husband and me over for dinner shortly before my daughter was born. Queen Colleen signed a copy of Epossumandus to the "Peppercorn" (my daughter's nickname before she was born). Like so many of these meetings, I don't remember what Colleen Salley said specifically, but I do remember how lively and warm she was.