Subject of the Month: 2016

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May 2016


National Share A Story Month Sign

Selectors: Emily Brush and Brittany Hill

“Stories you read when you're the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you'll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.”
Neil Gaiman

Storytelling & Children

William Alfred Boyce Storytelling Collection

The William Alfred Boyce Storytelling Collection was donated by Mrs. Iana Boyce upon the death of her husband Dr. William Boyce, a professor at Wayne State University as well as a professional storyteller (a.k.a. The Story Peddler). Boyce taught courses in Oral Interpretation of Literature, Voice and Diction, Reader's Theatre, and Storytelling - an integral part of Children's Literature. The books in this collection represent some of the best works in the world of storytelling, a tradition as old as mankind. Storytelling is not only an art, but it reveals what is most important in our lives. Read these stories aloud, share them with those around you, or study the history of storytelling through this wonderful collection located on the fourth floor of Purdy Library.

Digital Storytelling

What is digital storytelling?

"Digital storytelling at its most basic core is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. There are a wealth of other terms used to describe this practice, such as digital documentaries, computer-based narratives, digital essays, electronic memoirs, interactive storytelling, etc.; but in general, they all revolve around the idea of combining the art of telling stories with a variety of multimedia, including graphics, audio, video, and Web publishing." - "About Digital Storytelling," University of Houston

Traditional Storytellers


Jacob Grimm. New York Public Library Digital Collections.

Contemporary Storytellers

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The Association for Library Service to Children annually presents the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award  to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.   The winner(s), is recognized for their literary and artistic achievements that demonstrate creativity and imagination to engage children in reading.

Storytelling Organizations

Michigan Storytelling

Here you will find information about storytelling in Michigan or including Michigan storytellers. This includes links to find local Michigan storytelling, national, & regional organizations. Other issues of interest to lovers of storytelling in Michigan also are found here.

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The power of storytelling is unquestionable. We are all storytellers and we live our lives through a network of stories. The cornerstone of the International Storytelling Center is a belief in a single, immutable principle of life—storytelling. People crave, remember, and honor stories. And now, after years of scientific research in 17 different fields, analysts conclude that storytelling is our most powerful tool for effective communication.


Detroit Association of Black Storytellers

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This association shall promote and perpetuate the ancient art of African storytelling and the tradition of Black storytelling, using the knowledge and wisdom contributed from folklore and ancestral stories.

Detroit Story League

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The Detroit Story League is a service organization providing storytellers for schools, libraries, retirement homes, and other organizations throughout the Metropolitan area. The DSL is for people who enjoy listening to and/or telling stories! Storytellers are teachers, librarians, writers, professional storytellers, or simply people who love to tell a good story in any place at any time!