Storytelling at the Institute Library

Storytelling Workshop Series

Inaugural Workshop:
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

Lead by led by Arnie Pritchard, a storyteller from New Haven and longtime member of the Connecticut Storytelling Center.

Free to all.
Library Members and guests encouraged to attend.
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Everyone is a storyteller. You create, pass on, and interpret stories every day - when you tell a friend about your day, update the boss on your current project, or tell your grandson what his mother was like as a child. This fall, the Institute Library and the Connecticut Storytelling Center will offer a workshop series to help participatns become more intentional and thoughtful about how they tell stories. Each participant will have the opportunity to choose a brief story to tell, and we will help each other hone our stories. Your story may be based on your own experience, it may be a traditional folktale or legend, or you may find another genre.

The workshopswhich will build on each other, will be held from 6:30-8 P.M. on four Thursdays, September 25, October 9 and 23, and November 6. We hope participants will join us for all four workshops! Sign up in advance for the workshop series by registering for any one of the four nights at storytellingatthelibrary.eventbrite.com.

On November, 13, the Institute Library will present a “Tellabration!”, a public storytelling show. We hope to help prepare workshop participants so that they will share their stories then!

September 6 through October 11, 2014

Curated by Sophie Aston

The Gallery at the Institute Library

Opening Reception
Saturday, September 6, noon until 2
Open to the public during regular library hours.

Image to the Right: "Pocket".
Artist: April Childers
Dimensions: 35" x 31"
Medium: masonite, fabric, thread

Stilled Life at the Institute Library

Please visit the Gallery at the Institute Library for Stilled Life, curated by Sophie Aston and featuring works in various media byApril Childers, Angelina Gualdoni, Keiko Narahashi, and Tom Reilly.

Stilled Life refers to a pause, a hiatus, a silhouette, a negative space. It is the moment in between states or the insistent overlap of a refrain. This exhibition showcases work that we get 'stuck' in front of. Monumental and abject, slight yet solid, the work of these four artists extends the tradition of Still Life. Narratives are open-ended; the evidence of change is what remains as presence.

Tea Time at the Institute Library

Thursday Tea Time

Socialize with members and staff

Every Thursday, starting September 4, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Open to current library members. Please join us Thursday afternoons this fall for tea and conversation with other members and staff. Visit the library or our website to become a member or renew.