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November 23, 2019

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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.
TELLABRATION!™ is a trademark of the National Storytelling Network.


Stories, music and fun for families with children! Mesmerizing Tales! Interactive stories, musical storytelling, literacy craft and game for families with children birth to Grade 4, however, all are welcome. 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?  First come, first served tickets will be available in advance and at the door.
What is the schedule of events? Schedule subject to change. 
Click for Calendar.
9:30 to 10:30AM Music & Storytelling
10:50AM to 12PM Music, Storytelling, Craft & Game!
11:30am Enjoy treats from Willy Street Coop!

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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STORY SWAP: Friday, November 22 at 6PM for teens and adults.

Youth Services Coordinator Karen Wendt will be at the library at 5:30PM for an informal, small gathering of folks who planned to attend WING IT to enjoy a Story Swap. Please arrive before the library closes at 6PM for this gathering. Bring your own snack and covered non-alcoholic beverage. 

Storytellers (ages 14+) of all styles and levels of experience are welcome! Enjoy an evening of PG true stories, traditional tales, myths, fables, family stories. A featured storyteller or two will perform for up to 15 to 30 minutes and Story Swap tellers have 5 to 10 minutes each.  We have just one rule: no notes! No mic. Put your name in the hat to tell when you arrive.


Nov. 22nd Postponed. Date To Be Announced.
Watch Calendar of Events.

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.

Who are the tellers? Teens and adults are invited to share a true story on the evening's theme, "Wing It!" 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.  Click to register. 

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.

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
  • Saturday treats sponsored in part by Willy Street Coop.