08/05/2013 - 8:09am

Ruth Sawyer lived an extraordinary life. Though born many years before women had the right to vote, there is no doubt that she was a thoroughly independent and extremely intelligent woman with a knack for collecting stories and retelling them.

She did more than collect interesting tales and set them in books, although that would be enough for many writers. But Ruth did more. For her, connecting children with stories was critical.  After attending the Garland Kindergarten Training School, she moved to Cuba in 1900 to teach storytelling to teachers working with children who were orphaned during the Spanish-American War.

08/07/2012 - 3:26pm
Mountain Mack

This interview airs beginning Wednesday, August 8.
“Mountain” Mack and Joan Swift tell tales in tandem.  Join these delightful storytellers as they meet with Debby Klein to talk about their years of experience and entertain us with a popular Jack Tale on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library production. (Originally filmed in 2003.)

07/13/2012 - 11:01am
Dylan Pritchett

This interview airs beginning July 4.
Dylan Pritchett’s African and African-American folktales and music bring history to life for audiences, young and old. His stories are lasting and universal and relate to the experiences of everyday life. Dylan chats with Debby Klein and shows us how he brings the story to life on CRRL Presents, a Central Rappahannock Regional Library Production.

05/01/2012 - 2:33pm

It's true: most people would do just about anything to get out of having to speak in public, whether it's the standard "everyone in this class will give an oral report" situation or an acceptance speech for some nifty award you've just received. The knees knock, the heart pounds, and the words you've practiced and practiced and practiced fly right out of your mind. You find yourself resorting to reading from the index cards with your eyes down, your voice a droning monotone, and the sweat beading on your forehead. Yuck. Not a good situation. It's painful for you as the presenter and even more painful for your audience to watch. Here's a bit of advice for beginning public speakers.

03/06/2012 - 11:06am
Anne Sheldon, Storyteller and Poet

This interview airs beginning March 7.
There's always room for a good story and Anne Sheldon has many wonderful stories to tell.  We hear one of her stories and a poem when she meets with Debby Klein on CRRL Presents.

12/20/2011 - 7:38am

This interview airs beginning December 21.
Inspired by her father, Linda Goodman shares the oral tradition of her Appalachian background with the telling of one of her delightful tales. She talks about her many storytelling experiences, which have gained her awards and recognition.

08/05/2010 - 11:08am

This interview airs beginning August 4. 
Storytelling has been an outgrowth of J. Ron Flemings's career as an actor of stage, film, and television. Recently, he came to Fredericksburg as a storyteller in the Ardiena Ann Tromley Family Storytelling Series at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

09/10/2009 - 2:11pm

In the past twenty years, storytelling as a treasured art and pastime has made quite a comeback. Not all the video games, cable channels, or talk radio in the world can take the place of a fine story told face-to-face with good friends on a quiet evening as the rain splatters on the window panes.

Family Stories
Storytelling for Educators
Stories as Part of Business Communication
So You Want to Be a Storyteller
Storytelling on the Web

08/06/2009 - 11:39am

The 2009 Ardiena Ann Tromley Family Storytelling Series wraps up on Thursday, March 12, with performances by Megan Hicks, award-winning storyteller and former CRRL Children's librarian. Winner of the 2005 Parent's Choice Award-Silver and the 2003 Storytelling World Honor Award, Megan brings two very different shows for two very different audiences! Read what Youth Services Coordinator Caroline Parr says about Megan in the Free Lance-Star. Find out more about Megan at

"Enough Already" - Headquarters, 4:30
Stories about greed, gratitude, and why you must never forget to thank the good fairy! For school age children and adults.

"Home Front" – Salem Church, 7:30
Civilian stories from the Civil War and World War II. For teens and adults.

03/24/2009 - 3:32pm
Storyteller Kim Weitkamp Comes to the CRRL

Kim Weitkamp, recently featured in the Free Lance-Star, will perform "Laugh Out Loud Stories" for school age children and adults at Headquarters Library at 4:30, on Wednesday, March 4. See her at 7:30 that evening at Snow Branch for "Freckles, Fibs, and Family" - a performance for teens and adults, filled with humorous stories about love and lessons learned from family.


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