Popular storyteller Al Batt of Hartland, Minn., will present a program of his favorite tales on Monday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Clear Lake Public Library as part of the Library’s quasquicentennial celebration. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, and all are invited to attend.
Batt is a likeable guy who knows how to tickle the universal funny bone. He is a journalist who writes weekly nature and humor columns as well as hosting a regular program on Minnesota Public Radio. He is well known in the birding world, having been named “Birder of the Year” by Wildbird Magazine. He frequently disappears into the woods to meditate on more ways to entertain his audiences who love his laid back style and down-home humor.
Speaking of storytelling, three wonderful tellers will be the featured performers at the 2014 Iowa Storytelling Festival scheduled for July 25 and 26: Tim Tingle of Canyon Lake, Texas; Sara Slayton of LaCrosse; and Pat Coffie of Waverly. Other visiting Iowa storytellers will also be performing at the festival’s Story Exchange.
Tim Tingle is a Choctaw author and storyteller. His ancestors walked the Trail of Tears in 1838, and he is very proud of his Native American heritage, meeting often with tribal elders to collect Choctaw stories. He also frequently visits Mexico and is fascinated by the ghost stories of that culture. He is an in-demand performer for festivals and storytelling events throughout the country. His first novel for adults — “House of Purple Cedars” — has just been published.
Sara Slayton has been telling stories to audiences of all ages for more than 30 years. She is the co-founder and chair of the La Crosse Storytelling Festival. She is well versed in traditional tales, but also loves to share personal stories. She especially enjoys telling tales of growing up as a baby boomer.
Pat Coffie is a native Iowan and proud of it. She shares humorous stories of growing up on an Iowa farm with her rambunctious siblings, but also shares tales focusing on the challenges of being a grownup in today’s world. She has a vast repertoire of traditional stories and enjoys incorporating puppetry into her storytelling. Coffie has received numerous regional and national awards for her excellent storytelling and her advocacy for this traditional folk art.
For more information on the Iowa Storytelling Festival contact the library at 357-6133.