MARCH 13 CHECK IT OUT: Dads get to tell tales at Grand Forks’ library this Saturday

There will be very special storytimes for dads this Saturday and also on March 23 at the Grand Forks and District Public Library.

Hi Grand Folks!

If you stop to think about it, we’re all storytellers.

When you’re talking on the phone with your Uncle Bob and telling him about your latest camping trip, you’re probably trying to tell the story in the most engaging way possible. And a job interview isn’t any different – there you are, sitting in front of a prospective employer, trying to spin a yarn about how traveling around the world for the past year has broadened your horizons and given you all sorts of transferrable skills. All this to say, you might want to attend our…

Storytelling Festival

Famed storyteller Margaret Read MacDonald (yes, that’s her actual middle name) will be delivering three very exciting workshops.

The first one, held at the Christina Living Arts Centre today (Wednesday), from 9 a.m. to noon, is on “Creative Language Play: Storytelling with Young Children” and is geared more towards those who work with children. It’s also the only one of the three workshops that has a registration fee ($20).

The second one, also at the Lake today, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., is on “Playing with Language: Storyplay at Home” and is a free workshop designed primarily for parents.

The third and final workshop (also free) will be on

“Rekindling the Storytelling Guild” in the Boundary and will be held at the library tomorrow (Thursday) from 1 to 3 p.m.

This festival is being held in partnership with the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Area C and Christina Lake Chamber of Commerce.

The grand finale of the Storytelling Festival will be an evening of storytelling: “Singing Tales from Around the World,” presented by MacDonald, who aside from being a storyteller is also a folklorist, children’s librarian, author and world-traveler. The event is tomorrow (Thursday) at 6 p.m. at the Christina Living Arts Centre.

Learn @ Lunch

Sally Caisley will be back this Friday at noon with another of her popular workshops for seniors – this time, she’ll be talking about social connectedness. Refreshments will be served.

Dad’s Storytime

We’ve got some very special story times just for dad’s in March, this Saturday and March 23, at 10:30 a.m. Bring your lil’ ones in for songs, rhymes, and stories – why let moms have all the fun?

Screen Smart

Boundary Early Years Service Providers have banded together to promote activities that don’t involve screens (computer, television, gaming consoles, etc.). The library will be hosting a Fabulous Friday event from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 22, and a special wrap-up event from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 which will include a visual treasure hunt and a magic show, which starts at 1:30 p.m.

Book Clubs

And last but not least, our book club will be meeting on Wednesday, March 27 (1:30 p.m.) at Christina Lake and Thursday, March 28 (7 p.m.) at the library – the March selection is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, a wonderfully engaging, thought-provoking, and bestselling work of non-fiction.

– Avi Silberstein is library director for the Grand Forks and District Public Library