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November 14, 2018 
Please join us for the 11th Anniversary of the Monona Public Library TELLABRATION!™
Presented by The Friends of Monona Public Library and complimentary to you.

4:00 PM Little Wigglers: Stories and fun for very young children! Families welcome. Free. Drop in. Kay Elmsley Weeden and Karen Wendt will present an engaging mix of stories and movement in English and Spanish. Monona After School Club will host a snack after the stories.

6:00 PM Family Audience: Mesmerizing Tales! Interactive stories and music for elementary & middle school age. Families welcome.  Presenters include all of our tellers listed below! 
Hosted by the Friends of Monona Public Library and complimentary to you.
Emcee: Kay Elmsley-Weeden

7:30 PM Adults & Teens: Intriguing Stories that inspire, educate and are just good ol' fun. These are well told stories for adults and high school teens that take you on a journey of experiences. Presenters include all of our tellers listed below!  
Emcee: Kay Elmsley-Weeden

Sign Language services may be provided upon request with two week notice.
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 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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Meet Andre' St. Pierre, 18th Century French-Indian fur trader. History has never been so much fun. Andre' will present an entertaining and educational look at the French fur traders and the native tribes they lived and worked with. Andre' is a character developed by Andy Talley. He has delighted and educated audiences throughout the midwest with his portrayal of our fur trade era.

For the over 20 years Andy has worked as a naturalist and interpreter in Museum, Forest Preserve District and Conservation District settings. He has extensive experience with storytelling, environmental education, and cultural history interpretation.

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Storytelling is a powerful and interactive exchange between listener and teller. The power of storytelling invokes imaginations, strengthens literacy, listening and problem solving skills, and it also gives meaning and deepens our connection with others.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Chipman left the state in her 20s with a one-way ticket to London, to explore how other cultures laughed, played and lived. She began telling stories as an educator of young children in 1989. There, stories and storytelling were woven into many areas of the curriculum. Since 1995 she has been gathering and telling stories professionally around the country and pockets throughout the world.


For more than twenty years Kay has been sharing tales with children and adults in schools and libraries, celebrations and festivals. Her lively manner engages her listeners and draws them in, making them feel a part of the story. She often blends Spanish and English into many of her stories. Whether she’s telling traditional legends, personal tales, or original stories, her performances are fun, lively, and interactive!

Storytelling has power - The power to inspire, to feel and to energize. Stories build understanding. They entertain. They teach. They let us see the big picture. And because it’s a story, you remember it.

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Karen Wendt spends her days working with children and their families as the Youth Services Coordinator at the Monona Public Library. She has produced 11 years of Tellabration in Monona. She loves reading books, playing with puppets, and telling stories to kids of all ages. With her ever-expanding repertoire, Karen has told stories for audiences from Wisconsin to Mexico and back again. For personal stories, she shares tales in a straightforward, heart-felt style, however, she becomes active and sometimes rambunctious in performances for children, inviting them to help tell the stories. This Tellabration, Karen will tell stories tandem with her daughter Vanessa, who will be visiting from Mexico.



Jason Horowitz and Brett Wilfrid are members of The Whiskey Farm, a multiple MAMA Award Winning Folk/Americana group based in Madison, Wisconsin. The Isthmus called them “a big boost for the little music scene thriving here in the middle of America.”   

With young kids of their own, they've turned their creative energies to writing children's music ranging from fun to informational to inspirational themes. Long-time friends of the Monona Public Library and songwriting storytellers, they always look forward to a return! 

Find a list of books and webpage links for "Family Stories Told & Preserved" 
Photos from Nov. 16, 2016 event here.
11/1/16 Channel CW57 "Talk of the Town".
11/14/16 Channel 15 News
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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
  • Lodging provided by AmericInn Madison South
  • Ron Dennis, sound stage