"Beyond the Binding" - Seacoast Storytellers visit area libraries in January 2017

Seacoast StorytellersLibraries are chock full of stories. They’re stacked high with them, from fairy tales to mysteries to true-to-life accounts. But alas, the majority of them are trapped in books, waiting for their chance to get checked out so that they may be enjoyed. Enter the Seacoast Storytellers, a group of professional storytellers based in the NH Seacoast area, and the Seacoast Area Libraries, an organization of local public libraries. In this first-of-its-kind series of special events, attendees will be taken “Beyond the Binding” and into the world where stories are told live and in person, as they have been since the antiquities. Professional storytellers will visit 18 Seacoast libraries and spin their tales for adults, children, and families all throughout the month of January.

Note that each of these storytelling events will feature a program unique to the hosting library, even if it features the same storyteller.  We encourage our patrons to visit as many of these events as possible for a wonderful variety of timeless tales!


Date Time Library Storyteller
Thursday, Jan 5 2:00-3:00 pm Seabrook Anne Jennison
Monday, Jan 9 11:00-11:30 am Exeter Shawn Middleton
Tuesday, Jan 10 6:30-7:30 pm Hampton Anne Jennison
Wednesday, Jan 11 7:00-8:00 pm East Kingston Shelley Hersey
Thursday, Jan 12 7:00-8:30 pm Brentwood Shelley Hersey
Saturday, Jan 14 11:00-12:00 pm Kensington Shawn Middleton
Tuesday, Jan 17 6:00-7:00 pm New Castle Debra Ballou
Wednesday, Jan 18 6:30-7:30 pm Newmarket Mark Chamberlain
Thursday, Jan 19 6:30-7:45 pm Rye True Tales Live
Friday, Jan 20 5:00-6:00 pm Epping Michael Lang
Saturday, Jan 21 2:00-3:00 pm Portsmouth Debra Ballou
Tuesday, Jan 24 6:00-7:30 pm Newington Michael Lang
Wednesday, Jan 25 7:00-8:00 pm Greenland Michael Lang
Thursday, Jan 26 4:00-4:30 pm N. Hampton Papa Joe
Friday, Jan 27 5:30-6:30 pm Stratham Family Fort Night
Saturday, Jan 28 10:00-11:00 am Kingston Shawn Middleton
Monday, Jan 30 6:30-7:30 pm Newton Papa Joe
Tuesday, Jan 31 6:30 PM Hampton Falls Dennis Lipman


Anne JennisonOn Tuesday, January 10th at 6:30 PM, Anne Jennison will bring her special brand of Native American storytelling to the Lane Memorial Library.  Anne is a New Hampshire-based storyteller who comes from countless generations of folks who've lived in the Northeastern Woodlands.  But Anne’s worldview - and "voice" as a storyteller – has also been shaped by having lived in such far-flung places as Kansas, the Philippines, Maryland, Ohio, France, and Germany as well as the New Hampshire Seacoast.   While Anne is a dyed-in-the-wool New Englander with both European and Abenaki heritage who comes from a family with a strong oral tradition, she has also had rigorous training in her art form. With Master’s degrees in both Storytelling and in History, Anne brings a wealth of knowledge - polished by 30 years of experience as a performing storyteller - to her retelling of timeless Native American stories.  In her own words, “Stories from all traditions share the wonder of life and great gifts of drama, humor and wisdom, but for their gentle yet critically important lessons of life, Native American lesson stories are my favorite to tell.  I first began learning Northeast Woodlands stories when my daughters were quite young, to teach them about their Abenaki and Mohawk heritage, and have since expanded my repertoire to include stories from all over Turtle Island”.

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