The Magic of Words

On September 14th, 2011, Youth Services will host the program “The Magic of Words: A Storytelling Skills Workshop” featuring Heather Forest, storyteller and children’s book author.

For over thirty five years, Heather has been teaching and performing nationally and abroad as well as in our communities. This resident of Huntington uses a minstrel-style method of storytelling to share stories from around the globe with audiences of all ages. Heather’s virtuosity paired with her ability to teach makes her workshops unforgettable. 

Heather – in addition to holding a Masters Degree in Storytelling and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change – is the recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award, the founder and director of Story Arts, Inc., and the webmistress of Story Arts Online.

The interactive storytelling workshop for staff of Suffolk libraraies will begin promptly on September 14th at 9:30am (coffee and tea at 9:00am) and end at 12:30pm. Registration for “The Magic of Words” is now open to all Suffolk Public Library staff. Take a peek at some of Heather’s books such as The Little Red Hen: An Old Fable, illustrated by another Huntington resident, Susan Graber.

Great Idea at Huntington Public Library

The next time you visit Huntington Public Library be sure to take a peek at the artwork on display in the Youth Program Room. Autographed posters, hand-written letters, and original sketches by authors and illustrators decorate the walls of the room.  Many of these pictures and letters are responses to children who have participated in a program to send authors and illustrators happy birthday wishes.

Creators of children’s books love to hear from their fans. If you implement this letter-writing idea at your library, you may just hear back from your favorite writers and artists!

At Huntington Public Library, a different children’s book creator is featured each month in the Happy Birthday Book Display by the picture book area. Norman Bridwell, Jane Yolen,  and Denys Cazet are just some of the wonderful authors who have responded and this month’s display features Mem Fox. According to staff, the letter-writing program is inspiring the children of Huntington to learn more about the people behind the story.