Spellbinders Training Workshop
Thursday, September 19, 5-8 pm
Friday,September 20, 4-6 pm
Saturday, September 21, 9am-1 pm
Saturday, September 28, 2:30 pm *live telling*
Calling all Grandparents, Retirees, grown-up kids, former teachers or librarians! Do you want to learn to tell engaging, fun stories to children in the oral storytelling tradition? Spellbinders is dedicated to restoring the art of oral storytelling to connect elders to youth, weaving together the wisdom of diverse cultures throughout time. Click here to read more about the national Spellbinders organization.
Trained Spellbinder volunteers will be assigned a local elementary classroom to visit once a month (for a minimum of six visits) over the course of the school year. This extremely rewarding volunteer opportunity is a large time commitment, consisting of approximately 6-8 hours per month reading, learning, and telling stories. But it is incredibly worth it!
To become a Spellbinder, interested volunteers must attend this four-day Spellbinders Workshop Series, led by trained and certified storyteller, Ruthmary Allison from the Mesa County Chapter of Spellbinders.The Workshop is limited to 10 participants and you MUST RSVP for the class by emailing or calling Sarah Kostin, Youth Services Librarian, by September 15. You can pick up your Training Packets at the Library's Kids' Desk so you can read ahead (which will help a lot). This Spellbinders Training Workshop is only offered once a year. The cost is $30.
The Spellbinder Training workshops will be held at the Bud Werner Library in the Conference Room (upstairs of old library building). You are expected to attend all 4 sessions and yes, there will be homework! It's a pretty intense week of storytelling and you will be expected to tell 2 stories: a 3-5 minute fable during the second session and a 5-10 minute folktale for the last session. But don't worry, I guarantee that you will have LOADS OF FUN in the process!