Annual storytelling festival offers free events

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Kim Weitkamp presents an adult-focused Tales of Love and Love Gone Wrong Wednesday night at the Tualatin Public Library. The Washington County Cooperative Library Services hosts its ninth annual Storytelling Festival "Art of the Story" as part of National Library Week.

The festival features five professional storytellers: Kim Weitkamp of Christiansburg, Va., Patrick Ball of Sebastopol, Calif., Bill Ratner of Los Angeles, and Rick Huddle and Anne Rutherford, both of Portland.

The festival performances are designed for the enjoyment of adults and children ages 6 and older, unless otherwise noted.

The week-long storytelling festival features 14 storytelling performances at member libraries, the Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center, The Springs at Tanasbourne in Hillsboro and the Elsie Stuhr Senior Center in Beaverton.

The festival wraps up on Saturday, April 20, with a full slate of activities. Patrick Ball will begin the morning with a performance at the Sherwood Public Library. Kim Weitkamp’s presentation of "The Business of Story Workshop" kicks off the afternoon at the Tualatin Public Library, followed by a community-wide Story Swap hosted by the Portland Storytellers’ Guild. On that Saturday evening, the Garden Home Community Library hosts the final storytelling concert featuring performances by all five storytellers.

The festival is supported in part by grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Recology, each of the local Friends of the WCCLS member libraries hosting a festival event and the Portland Storytellers’ Guild. In-kind services have been provided by Pamplin Media Group, Courtyard by Marriott, ProGraphics Services, Classic Chauffer, The Springs at Tanasbourne, Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center and the Elsie Stuhr Senior Center.

In celebration of National Library Week, everyone will be hearing voices of inspiration, history and humor at the Washington County libraries’ storytelling festival. Admission is free to all events.

For directions to the performance venues and additional festival details, visit or pick up a festival newsletter at a local WCCLS member library.

The Washington County Cooperative Library Services includes the Banks Public Library, Beaverton City Library, Beaverton City Library at Murray Scholls, Cedar Mill Community Library, Bethany Branch Library, Cornelius Public Library, Forest Grove City Library, Garden Home Community Library, Hillsboro Public Libraries (Main and Shute Park), North Plains Public Library, Sherwood Public Library, Tigard Public Library, Tualatin Public Library, West Slope Community Library, WCCLS Outreach to Homebound, Oregon College of Art and Craft and the Tuality Health Resource Center.

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