Youth Events

There is no charge for these youth events.

Friday    11:00 – 11:30 am

(Free admission at the Emily Fowler Library) 

Family Storytime with Margaret Clauder

Margaret Clauder will be performing as Mother Nature in her program “Spring is in the Air”.

Margaret is an award winning storyteller, puppeteer and ventriloquist who travels all over the state of Texas performing for schools and libraries as her many lovable characters.  Children delight as her stories come to life with the help of her many puppet friends.  Magic often times will be mixed into her stories as well!   

Saturday 9:45-11:15 am

(Free admission at the Emily Fowler Library) 

Youth Storytelling Concert + Tips for Nurturing Youth Tellers

Youth Tellers: TBA
Presenters: MaryAnn Blue, Sue Kuentz, Vivian Rutherford, and Toni Simmons

MaryAnn Blue is a retired language educator and storyteller from San Antonio, Texas. She has dedicated many years to teaching storytelling to children and has seen many of her students go on to tell stories as National Youth Storytellers. MaryAnn has been a featured storyteller at the Texas Storytelling Festival and the George West Storyfest. She is a recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award and has served TSA as a board member and Festival director. 

Sue Kuentz excites youth audiences with her folktales and fairytales from around the world.  An educator for 32 years in the elementary school, she has conducted many workshops and enjoyed over 25 years of sponsoring youth storytelling clubs. She is the 2016 recipient of the Tejas Storytelling Association’s Colson-Herndon Storytelling in Education Award and is honored to be on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster.

Vivian Rutherford, native Houstonian and mother of three, is a natural-born yard spinner. She defies the joyless librarian bookworm stereotype. She is a storyteller who does not “hush” children – she positively incites and inspires kids about reading through vivid tales and commands attention and affection from rapt listeners of her stories.

Toni Simmons is a dynamic storyteller and author who has presented her interactive tales throughout the US and internationally. She has captivated audiences at many festivals including the National Storytelling Festival Exchange Place and the National Black Storytelling Festival. Toni is listed on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster and was designated as an American Masterpiece by the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award and the National Storytelling Network Oracle Award. She has served as Festival Director of the Texas Storytelling Festival and currently serves on the National Storytelling Network board.

Saturday 11:30- 12:30 pm

(Free admission at the Emily Fowler Library) 

Original Digital Storytelling: Free Youth Workshop for grades 3-12

Presenter: David Titus
Facilitator: Sue Kuentz

Bring your imagination and discover the magical art of storytelling through the use of strings. String figures were used in every culture for storytelling and passing on information. This hands-on workshop will teach participants a number of string figures and show examples of more. Storyteller David Titus will tell stories while creating string figures to enhance the listeners’ experience.   You’ll have a chance to learn some of these string figures and decide which you’d like to use in your own tales.

David Titus, author and professional storyteller, has been entertaining children and adults in libraries, schools, churches and at conferences and festivals since 1968. He travels extensively, consulting, conducting workshops and residencies, instructing adults in storytelling, and collecting stories and string figures. He has entertained audiences across six continents from the frozen Arctic to the Sahara.

Saturday 12:30 – 1:15 pm – Emily Fowler Public Library- Large Room

Lunch/Story Exchange with Kids and Parents

After David Titus’ workshop, all youth participants and their parents will enjoy each other’s company eating a pizza lunch in the same room. This is a perfect opportunity for the kids and their parents to participate in a short story exchange after we eat. This is when stories and creativity are flowing after today’s concert and workshop and volunteers share out their tales. (The pizza lunch is provided by the Tejas Storytelling Association free of charge.)