Cap’s Off to You!-South Jordan Arts Council and Celebrating Story

South Jordan collageJim Luter said that he had an appointment with the South Jordan Arts Council and asked if I would come along.  We met at the Gale Center of History and Culture in South Jordan and gathered around the table with several from the Council.  They allowed us plenty of time to share about Story Crossroads, especially as they had questions and comments.  Then I asked, the big question, “Am I right that we can ask up to $1,000 for Story Crossroads.”  One of the Council Members said, “Well, you can’t get $5 if you ask for $1.”  I followed up with the group by asking, “Then can we apply for $5,000 instead of the $1,000?”  Everyone in the group nodded.

The next day the application was turned in and a few weeks later we learned that the South Jordan Arts Council did commit to the $5,000.  Katie Lindquist, the Arts and Volunteer Coordinator, mentioned that the South Jordan Arts Council was very interested in what Story Crossroads was doing and wished down the road for the event to be headquartered in South Jordan.

The South Jordan Arts Council, specifically Katie Lindquist, was pro-active in attending several events leading up to the Story Crossroads Festival including the Canyon School District Storytelling Festival.  She spoke with the Coordinator of that Festival, Rebecca Smith, on how the Arts Council could be more involved.  Everyone recognized that more schools from the district needed to be participate in this annual school district event.  Katie also represented the Council by coming to the Festival itself as well as a couple outreaches.

Of the experience, Katie Lindquist said:

I look forward to working with her more and seeing how the South Jordan Arts Council can help support and expand Storytelling in South Jordan City….I was impressed with the variety of outreaches that went on, leading up to the main Festival event. I am excited to see how this festival will grow.

Katie Lindquist provided the mission and some key events that the South Jordan Arts Council already supports:

Mission Statement
“Provide opportunities for individuals and families to experience the arts through education, participation, and performance.”

“Inspire life-long appreciation for the Arts.”

The South Jordan Arts Council consists of volunteer member residents who possess a desire to support and promote Arts in South Jordan City. The Arts Council serves as an advisory board to the City Council and meets monthly to evaluate artistic opportunities and needs in the community. Over the last several years, the Arts Council has been able to provide seed money to a variety of different Arts groups through their Grant program.

Some of the Arts Council’s major programs include the following:

Annual Art Show – residents may submit a max of two pieces of work (photography, 2-D, and 3-D). Over the last few years, the number of submissions have increased, especially in the 3-D category. We had a 10’ statue entered during the 2017 Art Show!

Annual Chalk Art Contest – The chalk art contest as always been a highlight, traditionally taking place during Farmers Market. All ages participate in teams or as an individual artist. We see a lot of variety and colors that brighten Towne Center Drive all week! This year, for 2017 – the Chalk Art Contest will be taking place in conjunction with Stage 4 of Tour of Utah in Heritage Park, first Thursday of August.

Quilt Show – Typically featured during Farmer’s Market in front of City Hall. All are welcome to step under the tent, admire the variety styles and designs, and vote on their favorite for a Publics Choice award. This year, for 2017 – the Quilt show will also include other Textile Arts.

Resident on Display – Resident on Display is a program that spotlights an artist or photographer from within South Jordan City. The Artist’s work is displayed at the Gale Center of History & Culture for one month along the back wall of the museum. Afterwards, the pieces are moved and displayed at City Hall for another month. We love showing off the amazing talent of the residents of South Jordan!

Arts at the Gale – Throughout the year, the Arts Council provides free evening workshops in different art disciplines, including: theater, writing, quilting, origami, etc. The Arts Council is always looking for new ideas to bring to the workshops.

Currently the Arts Council is working with the City to wrap utility boxes near City Park, with vinyl-wraps of artist’s work. These boxes are expected to be wrapped and displayed in time for Stage 4 of Tour of Utah.

So toss, tip, or take off your cap to the South Jordan Arts Council!

We also have year-round events such as the monthly house concerts and the 3rd Annual Story Crossroads Festival that will be on May 23, 2018.

Cap’s Off to You!–City of Murray and Celebrating Story

Murray CollageIf it was not for Holly Robison and Mary Ann Kirk, Story Crossroads may not have existed for another five or more years.  These two people worked together to develop and succeed with the Murray Storytelling Festival.  Storytelling still was available to community members (at least for youth) in the Salt Lake County area through the Jordan School District Storytelling Festival and the Canyons School District Storytelling Festival.  Though, Murray did things different by going beyond the Murray School District and holding residencies at the Murray Heritage Center for the seniors.

At the 2014 Mountain West Arts Conference, Mary Ann Kirk asked Rachel Hedman when there would be a first community planning meeting for a Salt Lake County storytelling event.  Mary Ann wanted another opportunity for the youth tellers with the Murray Storytelling Festival to share their stories.  Second graders to 12th graders shone on stage and needed to be heard by more people.  She heard from other storytellers that Rachel had an idea already worked out though needed a push to make it happen.

So by June 2014, Story Crossroads had its first of five Community Planning Meetings (June, July, August, September, and October of 2014) and transitioned to official monthly Board Meetings in November 2014.

The City of Murray and the Cultural Arts encouraged storytelling through its annual Cemetery Tours and Haunted Tales long before the Murray Storytelling Festival that recently celebrated its 4th annual event.

Murray is now our host for the 2nd Annual Story Crossroads Festival on May 24, 2017 at the Murray City Park (296 E. Murray Park Ave., Murray, UT).  They have several pavilions to give shade and shelter while being surrounded by lush trees and lakes.  These pavilions are no strangers to the arts as every summer there are programs such as Arts in the Park Lunch Concerts every Tuesday at Noon, the free Children’s Matinee series every Thursday at 2:00pm.  Beyond the park, there are once-a-month Family Night Concerts at the Heritage Senior Center.  When fall comes around, the Missoula Children’s Theater works with local youth to produce a musical in a week’s time.

Though, let’s hear it from Mary Ann Kirk–

In 1992, the Murray City Cultural Arts program was created under the Parks and Recreation Department. Together, the Arts Advisory Board and the Cultural Programs Office have created year-round cultural activities including arts-in-education projects, workshops and camps, musicals, visual art exhibits and competitions.  A summer and winter season, created together with local performing arts organizations, have been successfully operating since 1990.  Murray Cultural Arts serves approximately 35,000 patrons each year.     

Murray started their own storytelling festival in 2012-2013, providing professional instruction to schools during and after school, the senior center, library, and Boys and Girls Club.  Finalists are selected from local workshops to participate in a city wide festival in the spring.  We felt this art form was unfamiliar to many and provided a new opportunity.  Arts leadership was thrilled when a county wide festival was established to give our storytellers an opportunity to strengthen and share their skills with the broader public.   And we are excited that the county festival will be held in our community this year!

So toss, tip, or take off your cap to the City of Murray and the Cultural Arts!

Cap’s Off to You! Billie Jones & Celebrating Story

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Featuring:  Billie Jones

Wife, Librarian Storyteller-in-Residence, DTM-Distinguished Toastmaster from UT

Billie makes a promise to do something and always goes beyond the expected.  She was one of the first storytelling faces that welcomed me with smiles when I first moved to Utah and attended my first Utah Storytelling Guild chapter meeting. Many years later and she initiated and strengthened the relationship between Story Crossroads and Toastmasters International.  She attended every chapter of Toastmasters in the Salt Lake County area and surrounding counties to share the purpose and needs of Story Crossroads over a couple months.  I do not even know where to begin in thanks to her for that part alone.  Then she scheduled and instructed the Toastmasters on emceeing and acting as hosts so that all felt welcomed to the event.  This is no surprise as Billie has always had everyone feel welcomed on a personal and a professional level.

So enjoy the past, present, and future influences of storytelling in the life of Billie Jones.

Rachel:  What drew you to storytelling? 

Billie:  I grew up with two Grandmothers telling stories to me and my siblings.  When we would visit them in Louisiana, the first thing we’d do is say, “Tell us stories about your growing up and about Daddy’s growing up.”  So I’ve always had stories.  We had stories all over the place.  The last week of June every year—in that week was my Grandmother’s birthday—the whole family would get together.  Sometimes we would have fish fries and sometimes we’d just be out in the backyard [making] homemade ice cream, which we loved.  All the time we were doing this, there were stories going on in the background—my Aunts and Uncles and my Grandmother.  So stories were in my blood from the time I was very little. 

Rachel:  What are some of your favorite memories with stories and storytelling? Why? 

Billie:  One of the memories is my Daddy’s Mother had a little bedroom and [my little sister and I would gather] and say, “Tell us stories about your growing up.”  And she would tell us stories about when my Dad was about three years old, their house burned and all that was left was a little leather shoe that one of [my Dad’s] Uncles had made.

Another memory is when I co-chaired a committee in the American Library Association.  I started a storytelling group, and we would have librarians and interested people come to our hotel room and we would just share stories.  Some people did personal stories.  Some people just told fairy tales or folktales.  All kinds of stories.  We did that for every library convention for a number of years.

Another special memory for me is every summer my husband and I would attend the family reunion for Mother’s siblings and children.  We would go down through Houston to Galveston, go across on the ferry to the Bolivar Peninsula and meet my family at my Uncle’s cabin that was on stilts because it was so close to the river.  And we would just tell stories and listen.  Most of the time we would just listen and I would jot down little things to help me remember some of the stories so I would not forget.  I learned about family growing up in Louisiana in the piney woods—lots of stories about that.  My Mother’s Mother was a great one for pulling tricks on people and telling scary stories to the kids.  So I guess part of those genes is in my blood, too, from my other Grandmother.  So we just picked it all up.  I just soaked it all in like a sponge.

Some other fun things, I did a storytelling workshop in a women’s prison one year.  It was magnificent to see these women who made wrong choices but they still had feelings and a lot of them talked about their toys that they had when they were growing up.  It changed the way I looked at people by hearing their stories.

The Traveling Tellers is another special memory that is in my little memory box.  I told stories all over the state of Utah with different storytellers that were in the Olympus [Chapter of the Utah Storytelling Guild] at the time. 

I enjoyed and still have good memories of the children’s programs at the public libraries where I worked most of my career.  I did it at the city libraries and also at the county when I went to work for the county. 

I have given workshops for Toastmasters International in Utah, California, Idaho, Washington, and even in Canada.  Toastmasters, in general, want to be storytellers—many of them.  From working with Toastmasters, I have learned that stories can be used in businesses, in places that you wouldn’t think—stories need to be everywhere.

Rachel:  How have you seen the influence of stories and storytelling in what you do now (if at all)? 

Billie:  Stories and storytelling has always been in my life.  I have a current job at a private school that I got because of my storytelling experience.  And every speech I have given in Toastmasters has contained some kind of story—either personal story or a story that helps the people—the audience—understand what I am trying to get across.

Rachel:  What are your plans for storytelling and using stories in the future?

Billie:  I really would like to continue to work on my personal stories and share them with others.  I have been in the process of recording some of my stories.  I am also working on a story for the school talent show that is coming up.  It’s exciting for me because I have the guitar teacher who is willing to help me—accompany me—and that will be fun.  The teacher is new and just came this year.  I am also updating and preparing a workshop for children.  I have done a lot for adults.   

Rachel:  Anything you would like to add about the importance of storytelling?

Billie:  Our stories help us connect with people.  Stories are everywhere.  Stories are very valuable to get a point across. 

My younger brother is a storyteller and he remembers things about Louisiana that I didn’t remember and you’d think it was the same place, we were there, but different people pull different things out of the same experience.  It just depends on your perspective.

Thank you to the permissions of Billie Jones to do this interview as well as the use of her picture.

We appreciate Billie sharing her experiences and influence with storytelling.  You have those moments, too.

Here is why:

Billie has a story.  You have a story.  We all have stories.

Aquí lo tiene.


Con:  Bille Jones

Esposa, Bibliotecario Narrador-en-Residencia, DTM-Distinguido Toastmaster de UT

Billie hace una promesa de hacer algo y siempre va más allá de lo esperado. Ella fue una de las primeras caras que me dieron la bienvenida con sonrisas cuando me mudé a Utah y asistí a mi primera reunión del capitulo del Cuento de Utah. Muchos años después, ella inició y fortaleció la relación entre Story Crossroads y Toastmasters International. Asistió a todos los capítulos de Toastmasters en el área del Condado de Salt Lake y condados circundantes para compartir el propósito y las necesidades de Story Crossroads durante un par de meses. Ni siquiera sé por dónde empezar gracias a ella por esa parte sola. Entonces ella programó e instruyó a los Toastmasters sobre emceeing y actuando como anfitriones para que todos se sintieran bienvenidos al evento. Esto no es ninguna sorpresa ya que Billie siempre ha tenido a todos se sienten bienvenidos en un nivel personal y profesional.

Así que disfruta de las influencias pasadas, presentes y futuras de la narración en la vida de Billie Jones.

Rachel: ¿Qué te llevó a contar historias?

Billie: Crecí con dos abuelas contando historias a mí ya mis hermanos. Cuando los visitáramos en Louisiana, lo primero que haríamos es decir: “Cuéntanos historias sobre tu crecimiento y sobre cómo papá está creciendo”. Así que siempre he tenido historias. Teníamos historias en todo el lugar. La última semana de junio de cada año -en esa semana era el cumpleaños de mi abuela- toda la familia se reunía. A veces teníamos papas fritas de pescado ya veces nos gustaría estar en el patio trasero [hacer] helado casero, que nos encantó. Todo el tiempo que estábamos haciendo esto, había historias en el fondo-mis tías y tíos y mi abuela. Así que las historias estaban en mi sangre desde que era muy pequeña.

Rachel: ¿Cuáles son tus recuerdos preferidos con cuentos y cuentos? ¿Por qué?

Billie: Uno de los recuerdos es que la mamá de mi papá tenía un pequeño dormitorio y [mi hermana menor y yo nos reuníamos] y decíamos: “Cuéntanos historias sobre tu crecimiento”. Y nos contaría historias sobre cuando mi papá tenía unos tres años Su casa quemada y todo lo que quedaba era un pequeño zapato de cuero que uno de los tíos [de mi papá] había hecho.

Otro recuerdo es cuando copresidí un comité en la American Library Association. Empecé un grupo de cuentos, y tendríamos bibliotecarios y gente interesada en nuestra habitación de hotel y simplemente compartiríamos historias. Algunas personas hicieron historias personales. Alguna gente acaba de contar cuentos de hadas o cuentos de hadas. Todo tipo de historias. Hemos hecho eso por cada convención de la biblioteca por un número de años.

Otro recuerdo especial para mí es cada verano mi marido y yo asistiría a la reunión familiar para los hermanos de la madre y los niños. Nos gustaría ir a través de Houston a Galveston, cruzar en el ferry a la Península de Bolívar y conocer a mi familia en la cabaña de mi tío que estaba en zancos porque estaba tan cerca del río. Y solo contamos historias y escuchamos. La mayoría de las veces sólo escuchábamos y anotaría pequeñas cosas para ayudarme a recordar algunas de las historias, así que no lo olvidaría. Aprendí acerca de la familia que crecía en Louisiana en los bosques de pinos-muchas historias sobre eso. La madre de mi madre era una gran para tirar de trucos en la gente y de contar historias asustadizas a los cabritos. Así que supongo que parte de esos genes está en mi sangre, también, de mi otra abuela. Así que lo recogimos todo. Lo empapé todo como una esponja.

Otras cosas divertidas, hice un taller de narración en una prisión para mujeres un año. Fue magnífico ver a estas mujeres que tomaron decisiones equivocadas, pero todavía tenían sentimientos y muchos de ellos hablaban de sus juguetes que tenían cuando estaban creciendo. Cambió la manera en que miré a la gente escuchando sus historias.

The Traveling Tellers es otra memoria especial que está en mi pequeña caja de memoria. Conté historias en todo el estado de Utah con diferentes narradores que estaban en el Olimpo [Capítulo de la Guild Storytelling de Utah] en ese momento.

Disfruté y todavía tengo buenos recuerdos de los programas infantiles en las bibliotecas públicas donde trabajé la mayor parte de mi carrera. Lo hice en las bibliotecas de la ciudad y también en el condado cuando fui a trabajar para el condado.

He dado talleres para Toastmasters International en Utah, California, Idaho, Washington, e incluso en Canadá. Toastmasters, en general, quieren ser narradores de cuentos, muchos de ellos. De trabajar con Toastmasters, he aprendido que las historias pueden ser usadas en negocios, en lugares que no piensas, las historias deben estar en todas partes.

Rachel: ¿Cómo has visto la influencia de historias y narraciones en lo que haces ahora (si es que lo haces)?

Billie: Historias y cuentos siempre han estado en mi vida. Tengo un trabajo actual en una escuela privada que recibí debido a mi experiencia de contar historias. Y cada discurso que he dado en Toastmasters ha contenido algún tipo de historia, ya sea una historia personal o una historia que ayude a la gente, la audiencia, a comprender lo que estoy tratando de transmitir.

Rachel: ¿Cuáles son tus planes para contar historias y usar historias en el futuro?

Billie: Realmente me gustaría seguir trabajando en mis historias personales y compartirlas con otras personas. He estado en el proceso de registrar algunas de mis historias. También estoy trabajando en una historia para el show de talentos de la escuela que está por venir. Es emocionante para mí porque tengo el profesor de guitarra que está dispuesto a ayudarme, acompañarme, y eso será divertido. El maestro es nuevo y acaba de llegar este año. También estoy actualizando y preparando un taller para niños. He hecho mucho por los adultos.

Rachel: ¿Quieres añadir algo sobre la importancia de contar historias?

Billie: Nuestras historias nos ayudan a conectarnos con la gente. Las historias están por todas partes. Las historias son muy valiosas para conseguir un punto a través.

Mi hermano menor es un cuentacuentos y recuerda cosas sobre Luisiana que no recuerdo y que pensaría que era el mismo lugar, estábamos allí, pero diferentes personas sacar cosas diferentes de la misma experiencia. Sólo depende de su perspectiva.

Gracias a los permisos de Billie Jones para hacer esta entrevista, así como el uso de su foto.

Apreciamos a Billie compartir sus experiencias e influencia con la narración de cuentos. Tienes esos momentos también.

He aquí por qué:

Billie tiene una historia. Tienes una historia. Todos tenemos historias.

Cap’s Off to You! Charlotte Starks and Celebrating Story

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Charlotte Starks

Featuring:  Charlotte Starks

Mother, Grandmother, and Storyteller a.k.a. Mama Charlotte from UT

Charlotte Starks is about peace and love.  You know you are in the same room as her when you feel that warmth and acceptance.  She is a storyteller who grabs the attention of everyone and holds it beyond the telling of the tale.  I had the privilege of hearing her tell during one of the Story Crossroads Board meetings, as we have a tradition of a story being told at the end.  She is the President of the Nubian Storytellers of Utah Leadership (NSOUL) and is a mover and a shaker throughout the community.

So enjoy the past, present, and future influences of storytelling in Charlotte’s life.

Rachel:  What drew you to storytelling?

Charlotte:  What drew me to stories and storytelling was listening and learning from other people’s history and experience.  I like to hear someone’s history, experiences, and self-expression–stories about themselves and their families.  When I hear someone’s story, I can feel the positive messages.  I can heal past experiences and share the joy of American culture.

Rachel:  What are you plans for storytelling in the future?

Charlotte:  I will use stories and storytelling as a way to send positive messages, about family history, culture, and to enhance self-esteem.  Through NSOUL, I and the other members provide training on storytelling methods and perform for audiences around the state and country.  Over 128,000 students and adults have already enjoyed these programs and hundreds of thousands more will continue to have these dynamic experiences.  Some students have even had their desire to read increase because of learning to the stories.

Rachel:  Anything you would like to add about the importance of storytelling?

Charlotte:  Storytelling is importance and can be used as a positive communication channel to plant positive seeds about healing, history, and experience.

Thank you to the permissions of Charlotte to do this interview as well as the use of her picture.

We appreciate Charlotte sharing her experience and influence with storytelling.  You have those moments, too.

Here is why:

Charlotte has a story.  You have a story.  We all have stories.

Aquí lo tiene.

Charlotte Starks

Con:  Charlotte Starks

Madre, Abuela, y Narrador (Mama Charlotte) de Utah

Charlotte Starks se trata de la paz y el amor. Usted sabe que está en la misma habitación que ella cuando se siente que el calor y la aceptación. Ella es un narrador que llama la atención de todo el mundo y lo mantiene más allá de la narración de la historia. Tuve el privilegio de escuchar decirle durante una de las reuniones de la historia de la Junta encrucijada, ya que tenemos una tradición de una historia que se cuenta al final. Ella es el presidente de los Narradores de Nubia de Utah Liderazgo (NSOUL) y es un motor y un agitador en toda la comunidad.

Así que disfruten el pasado, presente y futuro de la narración influencias en la vida de Charlotte.

Rachel: ¿Qué le atrajo a la narración?

Charlotte: ¿Qué me atrajo de cuentos y la narración estaba escuchando y aprendiendo de la historia y la experiencia de otras personas. Me gusta escuchar la historia de alguien, experiencias, y la autoexpresión – historias sobre sí mismos y sus familias. Cuando escucho la historia de alguien, puedo sentir los mensajes positivos. Puedo curar las experiencias pasadas y compartir la alegría de la cultura americana.

Rachel: ¿Cuáles son tus planes para contar historias en el futuro?

Charlotte: Voy a utilizar historias y la narración como una forma de enviar mensajes positivos, sobre la historia de la familia, la cultura, y para mejorar la autoestima. A través de NSOUL, yo y los demás miembros que la formación en métodos de narración y llevar a cabo para el público de todo el estado y el país. Más de 128.000 estudiantes y adultos que ya han disfrutado de estos programas y cientos de miles más seguirán teniendo estas experiencias dinámicas. Algunos estudiantes incluso han tenido el deseo de leer aumento debido a las historias de aprendizaje.

Rachel: Cualquier cosa que quisiera añadir acerca de la importancia de contar historias?

Charlotte: Contar historias es importante y se puede utilizar como un canal de comunicación positiva para plantar semillas positivas acerca de la sanidad, la historia y la experiencia.

Gracias a los permisos de Charlotte para hacer esta entrevista, así como el uso de su imagen.

Apreciamos Charlotte compartir su experiencia e influencia con la narración. Usted tiene esos momentos, también.

He aquí por qué:

Charlotte tiene una historia. Usted tiene una historia. Todos tenemos historias.

Cap’s Off to You! Liesl Seborg and Celebrating Story

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Featuring:  Liesl Seborg

Super Librarian, Dreamer of Dreams & Doer of Deeds from UT

Liesl Seborg has delight and energy for the library and for all people.  She is finally being recognized for this work and became “Librarian of the Year” through the Utah Library Association.  She plans so many outreach events with the Salt Lake County Library Services that it is hard to keep track what she is doing at the moment.  Somehow she has also immensely built the Story Crossroads dream. Liesl balanced organization know-how and technology to help with a successful gathering of 28 civic, education, arts, and storytelling leaders of the area during the first Community Planning Meeting held on June 3, 2014.  She has also told a story as part of the tradition of kicking off our meetings.  It is only fitting that we recognize and do a “cap’s off” during the same month of the Story Crossroads Festival launch.

So enjoy the past, present, and future influences of storytelling in Liesl’s life.
Rachel:  What drew you to storytelling/stories?

Liesl:  I have always enjoyed a well told tale. The energy and voice of the teller has always been fascinating. In my early days of independent reading, I fell in love with folk stories from around the world and would read every book on the topic I could lay my hands on. It was a way to experience the world and understand different cultures and ways of doing and things. I would be carried away–and that is what good stories and storytelling does for me.  In terms of how I got into telling stories myself, well, it’s a family thing and I enjoy audience reactions when I tell a story well–but that was only to family and friends. I finally had formal training when I was in library school from Margaret Read MacDonald and, most recently, excellent training from Steffani Raff as part of Story Crossroads. 

Rachel:  What are some of your favorite memories with stories/storytelling? Why?  
Liesl:  My maternal grandfather always told stories of family and larger than life activities. Although I never met her, my great grandmother (grandpa’s mom) was an author and quite the character in the town of Lombard, Illinois. She told wonderful stories and the Lilac festival they have each year was founded by her. My mother carries on the tradition within the family and ‘Twas a dark and stormy night…” is a family traditional tale.  I was also a Girl Scout for many years and the stories told in songs, and around the campfire, and while looking at the stars created a love of the rhythms of voice. 
Rachel:  How have you seen the influence of stories and storytelling in what you do now (if at all)? 

Liesl:  I am an adult services librarian now, and I tell the story of the library, of change, of kids reading and great things happening. When I was a youth services librarian I did storytime and would read aloud to grade school kids using all kinds of different voices for the characters. My telling skills and love of story have helped shape who I am and how effective I am when doing presentations. Oddly enough, I am an introvert–but when I am engaged in storytelling, I am playing the role of teller or a character or a performer and I rise to the task and give it my all.

 Rachel:  What are your plans for storytelling/using stories in the future? Tell me more. 
Liesl:  I plan to continue telling stories, although primarily in the business storytelling direction for the immediate future. My presentations have become more enjoyable for me and my audiences as I’ve developed and strengthened my skills. I’m also getting more momentum to write stories again as I work with local authors and storytellers. Maybe I will be like my great grandmother.  
Rachel:  Anything you would like to add about the importance of storytelling?

Liesl:  I think stories help us understand traditions, both familial and cultural, and that through stories we are all, strangers included, able to share an experience with each other.  as the world seems to get bigger while at the same time getting smaller, I think it is the universality of story and the love of stories that will unite humanity in a celebrations of differences and commonalities.  Story can change the world, one telling at a time.  

Thank you to the permissions of Liesl to do this interview as well as the use of her picture. 

We appreciate Liesl sharing her experience and influence with storytelling.  You have those moments, too.

Here is why:

Liesl has a story.  You have a story.  We all have stories.


Aquí lo tiene.


Con: Liesl Seborg

Super Bibliotecario, Soñador de sueños, Hacedor de hechos de UT

Liesl Seborg tiene placer y energía para la biblioteca y para todas las personas. Ella está siendo finalmente reconocido para este trabajo y se convirtió en “bibliotecario del Año” por la Asociación de Bibliotecas de Utah. Ella planea tantos eventos de extensión con el Salt Lake County servicios bibliotecarios que es difícil seguir la pista de lo que está haciendo en este momento. De alguna manera ella también inmensamente ha construido la historia encrucijada sueño. Liesl organización equilibrada de tecnología y know-how para ayudar con una exitosa reunión de 28, la educación cívica y la narración de cuentos, artes, dirigentes de la zona durante la primera reunión de planificación de la comunidad celebrada el 3 de junio de 2014. Ella también ha escuchado una historia como parte de la tradición de Kicking Off nuestras reuniones. Es justo que reconozcamos y hacer un “Cap’s off” durante el mismo mes de la historia del Festival Crossroads lanzamiento.

Para disfrutar del pasado, presente y futuro las influencias de la narración oral en Liesl la vida.

Rachel: ¿Lo que le atrajo a la narración/historias?

Liesl: Siempre he disfrutado de una historia bien narrada. La energía y la voz del narrador ha sido siempre fascinante. En mis primeros días de lectura independiente, me enamoré de cuentos folclóricos de todo el mundo y leer todos los libros sobre el tema me podría sentar en mis manos. Fue una manera de experimentar el mundo y comprender las diferentes culturas y maneras de hacer y de las cosas. Quiero ser arrastrado–y eso es lo que las buenas historias y cuentos hace para mí. En términos de cómo llegué a contar historias a mí, bueno, es una cosa de familia y disfruto de las reacciones del público cuando me cuentan una historia bien, que era sólo para familiares y amigos.  Finalmente tuve una capacitación formal cuando yo estaba en la escuela de bibliotecología de Margaret Read MacDonald y, más recientemente, la excelente formación de Steffani Raff como parte de Historia encrucijada.

Rachel: ¿Cuáles son tus recuerdos favoritos con historias o cuentos? ¿Por qué?

Liesl: Mi abuelo materno siempre se contaron historias de familia y la mayor de las actividades de la vida diaria. Aunque nunca me había encontrado con ella, mi bisabuela (la mamá de mi abuelo) fue un autor y bastante el personaje en la ciudad de Lombard, Illinois. Ella le dijo a maravillosas historias y el Lilac Festival tienen cada año fue fundada por ella. Mi madre lleva en la tradición dentro de la familia y ‘Twas una oscura y tormentosa noche…” es un cuento tradicional de la familia. Yo también era una de las Girl Scouts durante muchos años y las historias contadas en canciones, y alrededor de la fogata, y mirando a las estrellas creó un amor de los ritmos de la voz.

Rachel: ¿Cómo ha visto la influencia de historias y cuentos en lo que haces ahora (si en todos)?

Liesl: Soy un adulto servicios bibliotecario ahora, y cuento la historia de la biblioteca, de cambio, de la lectura para niños y grandes cosas. Cuando yo era un joven bibliotecario servicios hice cuentos y lea en voz alta a niños de escuela primaria utilizando todo tipo de sonidos diferentes para los personajes. Mi diciéndole a habilidades y amor de historia, han ayudado a dar forma a lo que soy y cuán eficaces cuando estoy haciendo presentaciones. Curiosamente, yo soy introvertido, pero cuando estoy metida en narración, estoy jugando el papel de cajero o un personaje o un ejecutante y yo estar a la altura de esa tarea y darle mi todo.

Rachel: ¿Cuáles son tus planes para la narración/usar historias en el futuro? Tell me more.

Liesl: Pienso seguir contando historias, aunque principalmente en el sentido de narración de negocios para el futuro inmediato.  Mis presentaciones se han vuelto más agradable para mí y mi público como he desarrollado y fortalecido mis habilidades. También estoy recibiendo más impulso a escribir historias de nuevo como yo trabajo con los autores locales y los narradores. Tal vez voy a ser como mi bisabuela.

Rachel: ¿Cualquier cosa que le gustaría añadir acerca de la importancia de la narración?

Liesl: Creo historias nos ayudan a comprender las tradiciones familiares y culturales, y que, a través de cuentos, todos somos extraños incluido, poder compartir la experiencia con los demás. Cuando el mundo parece agrandarse mientras al mismo tiempo cada vez más pequeños, creo que es la universalidad de la historia y las historias de amor que une a la humanidad en una celebración de las diferencias y similitudes. Historia puede cambiar el mundo, diciéndole a la vez.

Gracias a los permisos de Liesl para hacer esta entrevista, así como el uso de su imagen.

Apreciamos Liesl compartiendo su experiencia e influencia con la narración. Tienes esos momentos, también.

Aquí está por qué:

Liesl tiene una historia. Usted tiene una historia. Todos tenemos historias.