Storytelling

Karen puts together an energetic story program that is highly interactive and encourages children, parents, and grandparents to join in the fun.

For young children and family audiences, Karen mixes words with a sprinkle of puppets, a dash of sign language, a pinch of music, and ten pounds of wiggles to bake up a story of delight using folktales and animal tales and fun stories that come from around the world.

Karen invites the audience to participate either by stepping up front or to join in from their seats to help tell the story. She believes that children learn more when they are having fun and wants them to be engaged in learning about story through play. Karen says, “I love seeing the kids telling stories so I often invite them up to help. They become characters in the stories.” Parents and teachers love to see children engaged in the creativity, using their imagination to tell stories and sing songs in front of an audience. Audience participation is highly encouraged so be ready to join in the fun!

For information about prepared themes, contact Karen. With enough advance notice Karen may be able to create a specific program for your event.

Karen tells stories at schools, libraries, family reunions, picnics, storytelling festivals, Tellabration events, and at programs for adults learning to share stories for children.

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Karen also has a program of personal stories about growing up in Wisconsin for adult audiences. Stories from when she was a little girl climbing trees and waterskiing to stories of wilderness adventures with her husband and children.

Karen is the Youth Services Coordinator at Monona Public Library. She incorporates storytelling, reader’s theater, and other forms of sharing stories into activities for youth. Karen has done workshops for the Wisconsin Library Association, Waukesha Federated Library System, South Central Library System, Madison Metropolitan School District Summer Institute, Head Start and other childcare centers. Karen has been invited to share storytelling workshops for middle school children at schools, and library Youth Services m

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Some Storytelling Programs

Wild About Books

Laugh, Dance and Sing: Stories and Songs
(from a show Karen did in Chilpancingo, Mexico)

Let There Be Bedtime! Ten Pounds of Wiggles to Help You Sleep.

Wisconsin Water Critters

Tricksters, Fools, and Strange Things that Happen

Make a Joyful Noise

Castle Dreams and Daring Deeds

Make Way for Stories

Hop, Wiggle, Dream & Dance