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November 22-23, 2019 
Please join us for the 12th Anniversary of the Monona Public Library TELLABRATION!™
Presented by The Friends of Monona Public Library and complimentary to you.

Friday, Nov. 22 Adults & Teens

Flock to the Monona Library for an evening of unabashed wittiness, depth, and humor as our storytellers (amateur and professional) take flight in stories of "winging it". Tellers will bare their feathers with stories of frantically improvising, avian encounters, or nest into other interpretations of our theme. Prepare to quack up, get your feathers ruffled, or take a birdbath in your tears. Click to register. Teens and adults welcome.

Who are the tellers? Teens and adults are invited to share a true story on the evening's theme. Stories must be under 5 minutes, which is surprisingly tricky so practice, practice, practice!

How can I sign up to be a teller? Please enter a note in your registration and your name will be put in the hat for a chance to share your story! For storytelling tips and tricks please watch this 5-min or 12-minute video. And remember to keep it PG-13.

Can I come to just listen & not tell a story? Yes, of course! We won't have time for everyone to share a story but a great audience is part of the experience! Listen, laugh, applaud & weep. No interrupting. No heckling.

Saturday, Nov. 23 Stories, music and fun for families with children! 

Mesmerizing Tales! Interactive stories and music. Families with children birth to Grade 4. Free. Drop in. 
Hosted by the Friends of Monona Public Library and complimentary to you.

Who are the tellers? Popular children's musician/storyteller Duke Otherwise! Bilingual storytelling artist Kay Elmsley Weeden. Storytelling Naturalist Coral Conant Gilles. Your very own Karen Wendt, Youth Services Coordinator of Monona Public Library.

How can I sign up to attend? There is no advance online registration for this event. First come, first served tickets will be available at the door at 9AM. 

What is the schedule of events? Schedule to be Announced. 
Music, stories, crafts and fun for a full morning of fantastic literacy activities. Drop in.
9:30AM Duke Otherwise
10:00AM Kay Elmsley Weeden, Coral Conant Gilles, Karen Wendt
10:45AM Duke Otherwise
11:15AM Craft & Game ( Craft with TBA & Game with Karen Wendt)
11:45AM Local Storyteller

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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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. With her ever-expanding repertoire, Karen has told stories for audiences from Wisconsin to Mexico. 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.


Find a list of books and webpage links for "Family Stories Told & Preserved" 
11/06/18 Channel WI57 "Talk of the Town"

Photos from Nov. 16, 2016 event
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