10th annual Storytelling Festival offers week of events

The Washington County Cooperative Library Services hosts the 10th annual Storytelling Festival — Art of the Story beginning on Saturday.

The festival features five professional storytellers: Bil Lepp of South Charleston, W. Va.; Alton Takiyama-Chung of Vancouver, Wash.; Olga Loya of San Jose, Calif.; Will Hornyak of Portland; and Habiba Addo of Portland and Ghana, West Africa.

The festival performances are designed for the enjoyment of adults and children ages 6 and older, unless otherwise noted. The week-long storytelling extravaganza features 14 storytelling performances at member libraries, the Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center and the Washington County Museum in Hillsboro.

The festival wraps up on Saturday, April 12, with a full slate of activities. Bil Lepp will begin the morning with a performance at the Sherwood Public Library. It will be followed in the afternoon at the Beaverton City Library with his presentation of “The Lego Method — Storytelling Workshop.”

A community-wide Story Swap hosted by the Portland Storytellers’ Guild follows the workshop at the Beaverton library.

That evening, the Hillsboro Main Library hosts the final storytelling concert featuring performances by all five storytellers.

A reception precedes the concert offering a no-host bar with complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Limited childcare for children ages 2-8 is also available for this evening event by calling 503-615-6500.

The festival is supported in part by grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Cultural Coalition of Washington County, each of the local Friends of the WCCLS member libraries hosting a festival event, Recology, Tualatin Heritage Center, the Portland Storytellers’ Guild and the Washington County Museum. In-kind services have been provided by Pamplin Media Group, Hillsboro Library Foundation, Hillsboro Library Friends, Courtyard by Marriott, Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center and Stash Tea.

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This week’s festival events

Saturday, April 5: Beaverton City Library, 1-2:30 p.m.

Tales From The Monarchy: Alton Chung — Stories from the Kingdom of Hawaii.

The Myth of Skeleton Woman and Other Tales from the Edge: Will Hornyak — Myths are the world’s oldest stories. Like ancient ancestors, they still speak to us today, offering knowledge, humor, strategies and wisdom for finding our way in the world.

Saturday, April 5: Tualatin Public Library: 4 p.m.

So, That’s Why! Habiba Addo — Pourquoi tales from Africa explaining in fantastical ways how and why particular animals look and act a certain way.

Sunday, April 6: Washington County Museum: 1-4 p.m.

(at Hillsboro Civic Center, second floor above Starbucks: 120 E. Main St.)

1 p.m. Curating Your Story and The Museum As Storyteller: Beth Dehn (Designed for adults and ages 10 and older) Join the Education Curator to learn about collecting your family oral histories. Participants will also learn about how museums curate collections.

2:15 p.m. Erin’s Cauldron: A Rich Brew of Irish Myths and Legends: Will Hornyak — From the bold Queen Maeve and the wild Hag of Beara to the Warrior Poet Finn Mac Cool, a weaving of legends, songs, tales and lore from the Emerald Isle.

3 p.m. Workshop: The Art and Craft of the Tale: Will Hornyak — A storyteller’s toolbox of ideas, techniques and exercises for bringing original and traditional stories to life.

Monday, April 7: West Slope Community Library: 6:30 p.m. The World of Tricksters: Habiba Addo — Tricksters from Africa entertain and teach life lessons through their follies and humor.

Tuesday, April 8: Walters Cultural Arts Center - Hillsboro: 7 p.m. Caribbean Waters to The African Savannah: Habiba Addo (Adult focused) — Two tales of bravery and courage as two characters face adversities and triumph.

Wednesday, April 9: Washington County Museum: noon - 4 p.m.

(PCC Rock Creek Campus: 17677 N.W. Springville Road)

Open House The museum houses the county archives, artifacts, and an extensive library of documents and reference materials on the Portland Community College campus.

2 p.m. Curator Resources Overview: Karen Lange will present an overview of using library resources.

Wednesday, April 9: Garden Home Community Library: 7 p.m. Mayhem and Other Tall Tales: Bil Lepp (Adult-focused) — Tales from the West Virginia Liars Contest and Beyond

Thursday, April 10: Tualatin Public Library: 6:30 p.m. Singing and Dancing Through Stories: Olga Loya (in Spanish) — Celebrate through dancing and singing as you hear folk tales, personal stories and myths.

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