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November 15, 2017 
Please join us for the 10th Anniversary of the Monona Public Library TELLABRATION!™
Presented by The Friends of Monona Public Library and Glendale/Nuestro Mundo MSCR.

4:00 PM Little Wigglers: Stories and fun for very young children! Families welcome. Free. Drop in.
Karen Wendt will present an engaging mix of stories and movement.
Christine Grewe will present a puppet story enhanced with Spanish. 

6:00 PM Family Audience: Mesmerizing Tales! Interactive stories and music for elementary & middle school age. Families welcome. Sign Language services will be provided. Emcee: John DeBacher!
Featured Storytellers: Kucha & Baba Tony present "Jumpin' Jambalaya!" A performance of diverse stories that introduce folktales, call and response accompanied by African drumming, shekere, and enhanced by audience participation. Hosted by the Friends of Monona Public Library and complimentary to you. 
6: 00-7: 15 PM Historias y música con el aclamado Kucha y Baba Tony

7:30 PM Adults & Teens: Intriguing Stories that inspire, educate and are just fun. These are well told stories for adults and high school teens that take you on a journey of experiences Hosted by the Friends of the Monona Public Library and complimentary to you. Come and experience 
Featured Storytellers: Kucha & Baba Tony, Your Favorite Storytellers!
Storyteller Erin Johnston, Karen Wendt and....
Emcee: The one, the only... Lindsay Wood Davis!

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TELLABRATION!™ is a worldwide celebration of the art of storytelling where for one night storytellers will share their talents in concerts held in different cities and towns all around the world to celebrate the art of storytelling. In 1987 a Connecticut yarn spinner, J. G. Pinkerton, launched his vision of a night of storytelling for adults. 

On a local level, the November 15th, 2017 10th Annual Monona Library TELLABRATION!™ will bring together acclaimed professional and local storytellers from the area to delight, captivate, and mesmerize the audience with their stories. “TELLABRATION!™ a trademark of the National Storytelling Network.”
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Kucha Brownlee and Baba Tony Brown, Your Favorite Storytellers
This dynamic storytelling duo combine their talents and experience to bring magical moments to their performances.  Their compelling storytelling is accompanied by singing and energetic instrumentation.  And, their audience’s enthusiastic responses are always a treat.  Their programs are highly entertaining, culturally enriching, and engaging.  Their performances are enhanced by audience participation also including drumming, singing, learning, and lots of fun.  

Kucha came to storytelling by way of theatre.  She toured the Midwest and Canada with several children’s theatre companies.  Storytelling is a marriage of her experience and training earning a BA in English and a Master in Business.  Baba Tony was a public speaker and trainer prior to storytelling.  He is also a certified coach facilitator.  He plays an array of instruments. Baba Tony also teaches the primary foundation skills of drumming (Djembe). They have been performing together for over 20 years.  Kucha and Baba Tony are traveling artists and they have performed throughout the United States, performing for children, adults and elders.

In addition to telling Kucha and Baba Tony facilitate storytelling, drumming workshops and three day retreats. They have led storytelling and drumming workshops for the Department of Children and Family Services, Umoja, Inc., Alliance Library System, the Spirit Lights Foundation, Inc., and Public Allies to name a few. They believe stories are sacred and love sharing their experiences that have made them sought after to enhance programs across the country. Visit us at:

Miércoles 15 de noviembre, 5:30-7: 15 p.m. ¡GRATIS! "

5: 30-6: 00 p.m. Pizza, limonada y obsequio de libros
6: 00-7: 15 p.m. Historias y música con el aclamado Tony Tony y Kucha. Se proporcionarán los servicios de lenguaje de señas (ASL)
EN LA BIBLIOTECA PÚBLICA DE MONONA 1000 Nichols Road, Monona WI. 608-222-6127

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Storytellers include:

Erin Johnston
Christine Grewe
Karen Wendt

Find a list of books and webpage links for "Family Stories Told & Preserved" here!
Photos from Nov. 16, 2016 event here.
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... excelente, fantástico, tremendo... y eso no es una exageración”.
-Arystine Danner, bibliotecaria infantil - Biblioteca pública de Chicago"

…superb, fantastic, tremendous…and that is not an exaggeration.”
–Arystine Danner, Children’s Librarian - Chicago Public Library “

... los niños bailaran en los pasillos y adultos se caerán de sus sillas a carcajadas ". -Mary Alice Hofsess Jefe de Servicios para Niños
- Biblioteca Pública de Pekin

…children dancing in the aisles and adults falling off their chairs in laughter.” –Mary Alice Hofsess Head of Children Services
- Pekin Public Library

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THANK YOU! Many thanks go to the hosts, sponsors, staff, and performers. We also want to thank our wonderful, supportive audience.

The Friends of the Monona Public Library
Monona Public Library
MSCR Glendale & Nuestro Mundo
Madison Metropolitan School District
Lodging for our featured tellers provided by AmericInn Madison South
Ron Dennis, sound stage