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Tellabration: a Worldwide Storytelling Celebration

When: Sat., Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 2012

Once upon a time, toys were rocks, kids walked to school uphill both ways, and stories came out of people’s mouths instead of the TV. Some people call those the good old days. Relive them this Saturday, as renowned storytellers take over libraries across Charleston. It’s all part of Tellabration, one of several storytelling events leading up to the inaugural Charleston Storytelling Festival in March. And though Charleston isn’t short on its own stories, don’t expect just Civil War or Old South tales. The tellers will share both modern and ancient tales from Africa, the Caribbean, the United States, and the rest of the world at four different library branches throughout the day (see the library’s website for a full schedule). “I love the interaction between the storyteller and the audience that creates the story,” says Tellabration storyteller Linda Stout. “Together, with the teller’s and listener’s imaginations actively at work, we create a story that lives.” For the grand finale, Stout and other storytellers will gather at the Main Library at 2 p.m. to tell some of their personal favorites. It’ll be like watching a live episode of Reading Rainbow. And we just dated ourselves.

Elizabeth Pandolfi

Price: Free

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