Menlo Park Library Storytelling Festival

Storyteller Olga Loya will tell tales that touch the heart and send shivers down the spine, including a story about family love, a legend of La Llorona, and the folktale about the flying skeleton, on Oct. 23 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the Menlo Park Library. The program, funded by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library is suitable for adults and teens.

Olga Loya, a Latina storyteller, performance artist, writer and teacher,uses a mix of Spanish and English to share traditional tales from Latin America, as well as stories from her own varied and colorful life growing up in East Los Angeles.

Olga uses her voice, body, and sometimes music and dance, to draw her audience into the imaginative and surprising worlds of the tales she tells. She performs and teaches workshops at schools, businesses, museums, and festivals across the U.S. and beyond. Olga was the recipient of the National Network of Storytellers 2013 Oracle Award for The Circle of Excellence.

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Storyteller Muriel Johnson tells Tales of the American South and Beyond on Oct. 22

An audience favorite from last year’s Storytelling Festival, Muriel Johnson, returns to share another tale. Be afraid, but not very afraid! Your fear will turn to laughter and relief as you take a journey with Muriel, listening to stories from the American South and beyond. For ages 5-adult, thise event takes place at the Belle […]

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Leona Hoegsberg: Stories from the Bookworm on Oct. 16

Leona Hoegsberg telling Stories from the Bookworm will take place at the Menlo Park Library on Oct. 16 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm as part of the ongoing Storytelling Festival. She will share silly, scary, and downright fun stories for the whole family (ages 5-adult). Leona is a storyteller, actor, teacher, and librarian originally from California, […]

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Alicia Retes is storyteller who will entertain children Oct. 8

Throughout October, the Menlo Park Library Storytelling Festival is bringing you a variety of acclaimed professional tellers. Please join us as we welcome back Alicia Retes, who will appear at the Belle Haven branch (413 Ivy Dr.) of the library on Monday, Oct. 8, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Alicia will perform an interactive story […]

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Tim Ereneta tells classic Russian folktales on Oct. 9 at Menlo Park Library

“I Go I Know Not Whither to Fetch I Know Not What” is what Tim Ereneta is calling his retelling of a classic Russian folktale, which will take place on Tuesday, October 9, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the Menlo Park Library. Tim will share a story full of transformations, long journeys, and magical objects. […]

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Menlo Park Library’s second Storytelling Festival covers November start to finish

The Menlo Park Library is planning for a month-long celebration of the oral tradition, with a Storytelling Festival featuring an array of professional tellers over the course of seven different events during November. Every Monday evening at 7:00 pm, a teller who is new to the library will perform. On selected afternoons, a favorite returning […]

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Storytelling Festival takes place on September 18 at Menlo Park Library

The Menlo Park Library is planning its first-ever Storytelling Festival. The free event is set for Sunday, September 18 and will feature professional tellers as well as amateur story lovers, sharing tales for adults and youth alike. Professional storytellers on the schedule include Olga Loya (pictured right), Tom & Sandy Farley, Joy Swift, Laurie Pines, and […]

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