School of Library & Information Science's Fourth Annual Storytelling Festival Well Attended, Presented Tales From All Over the World


The LSU School of Library and Information Science held its fourth annual Storytelling Festival on Saturday, July 13 at the LSU Museum of Art in the Shaw Center for the Arts. The event began at 11 a.m., followed by an open mike at 1 p.m., and was free to the public.

The ten graduate students enrolled in LIS7800 The Art and Practice of Library Storytelling presented traditional folktales and drawing stories of their own choosing in a gallery setting. Stories spanned many different cultures and ethnic groups, for example, including Brazil, Japan, Ireland, Hungary, the Ozarks, Mississippi, and Hawaii.  

The drawing stories were presented in front of a large white board, and the storyteller would draw simple images as the stories developed.

“As the event progressed, our group became more comfortable and enjoyed the storytelling with the audience. I loved watching the children’s faces during the drawing stories!” said student storyteller Sherrilyn Keith.

One particular highlight was the return of alumna Lynette Hunter, who closed the event with a tale from Peru during the open mike section.

Nearly 100 people attended the Storytelling Festival, not including the many museum visitors who paused to listen to a story or two before moving on. Those in attendance experienced the power and enjoyment of folktales told by live storytellers in the traditional manner.

“Children and adults were entranced by the stories and by the abilities of the storytellers to draw them into the world of the tales using nothing but their voices and gestures,” said Dr. Suzanne Stauffer.

Stories ranged from humorous to spine-chilling, including tales from all over the world to right here in the South. The drawing stories were well-received by younger children, providing an amusing counter-point to the longer tales. One such story was the tale commonly referred to as “The Tale of the Black Cat,” a drawing story from Western Europe that has been around long enough to have an unknown origin.  By the end of the story, the audience was looking at a drawing of a cat.

“Why did the storytelling festival have to be so short?” asked a 5-year old girl after nearly two hours of stories.

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