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Join us next November 2017 for the 10th Anniversary TELLABRATION!™ 
Monona Public Library, Monona, WI 
Presented by The Friends of Monona Public Library.
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 16th, 2016 9th Annual Monona Library TELLABRATION!™ brought 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.”
Many thanks go to the hosts, sponsors, staff, and performers. We also want to thank our wonderful, supportive audience.
  • Friends of Monona Public Library
  • Glendale/Nuestro Mundo MSCR
  • Mike Gibson
  • AmericInn Madison South
  • Angelika N., Ingrid A., & Rob S.
Find a list of books and webpage links for "Family Stories Told & Preserved" here!

Photos from Nov. 16 event here.

11/1 Channel CW57 "Talk of the Town".

11/14 Channel 15 News



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JIM MAY is an Emmy Award-winning storyteller and writer.
His collection of stories, from his growing up in Illinois, THE FARM ON NIPPERSINK CREEK, won a “Best Book” award from the Public Librarian Association. He is cofounder of the Illinois Storytelling Festival and for 20 years it's artistic director. He was inducted into the National Storytelling "Circle of Excellence" (Hall Of Fame) in the year 2000. He has toured the U.S. and Europe telling his stories at storytelling and folk festivals, as an artist/author-in-residence at schools and universities, and in nonprofit and corporate venues. His workshops and seminars emphasize the role of myth, story, and culture in the personal, family and community context.
CORAL CONANT GILLES, Storytelling Naturalist, tells folktales, personal stories, and stories that build nature connection for listeners of all ages, toddler to adult. As an environmental educator, she first discovered her storytelling abilities when teaching about the Missoula Floods. Suddenly, an abstract concept came alive. Children were experiencing the thrill of natural history through story. Driven by her passions for nature and social justice, she now tells stories that create uproarious laughter, draw out curiosity, and help listeners look deep into their souls. Combined with her hands-on naturalist activities she connects nature, literacy, science, art, imagination, and curiosity. Find her at
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DEBORAH PROCTOR is an photographer, artist, children's entertainer, writer, and author of the blog, The Adventures of Blue Bear, recounting the adventures that a little blue bear encounters in travels across the country and around the world. She is part of the Monona Library storytelling group and has only recently begun to share her stories in public.
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MUSIC Listen to a one-of-a-kind blend of blues, folk, and rock music with musicians BRETT WILFRID and JASON HOROWITZ from The Whiskey Farm.

Brett and Jason spend their days with kids (as a principal and child psychologist) and love writing and performing music, including children's music. Funny lyrics, important historical figures, and positive messages abound in their music, and kids are encouraged to wiggle!

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SANNE ROEVEN is our youth teller who has been working under the training of Kay Elmsley-Weeden. Sanne is an up-and-coming storyteller from the Madison area. She is a home-schooled senior in high school; and has told stories in her hometown of Stoughton, as well as in Madison, Milwaukee, LaCrosse, and Missouri. When she is not storytelling she can be found singing along with the radio, painting, or playing the piano. Sanne also enjoys spending time outdoors in nature, hiking and kayaking.
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