2019 STORY Festival

Story City and Bertha Bartlett Public Library will highlight the local story....through oral, written, photography, song and theatre at the 2019 STORY Festival! Join us for workshops, showcases, authors’ fair, and much more!
2019 STORY Festival

2019 STORY Festival

The 2019 Story Festival, set for November 7-9, is coordinated by the Bertha Bartlett Public Library (BBPL) Foundation with all proceeds to help fund the library expansion project.  The expansion will include the current Tekippe Photography building located at 509 Broad Street, which the library will begin using in 2020.

The Story Festival, in its 13th year, was previously coordinated by the Story City Greater Chamber of Commerce. The festival is taking on a new direction, encompassing local talent in a much greater way, while still bringing the educational expertise of professional storyteller Will Stuck from Kansas City to Story City. Stuck will be featured throughout the festival, offering multiple workshops and performances.  This is an opportunity for our community to explore the various forms of storytelling, and there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Many events are offered with a freewill offering collected to cover costs.  This is made possible with the support of the Roland-Story School Foundation and various Story City area sponsors. 

The Festival begins Thursday at the Roland-Story schools with school assemblies at the elementary, middle and high school, as storyteller Stuck shares his stories and skills with the students. At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the first workshop, “Storytelling as a Business Tool,” will be held at the Bertha Bartlett Public Library at a cost of $15.00 per person. Stuck is a regular presenter at many business organizations throughout the Midwest to help business owners and employees hone their leadership, marketing and customer service skills.  Light refreshments will be served during the training.

Friday will begin with Stuck doing a free Storytime Program for Preschool children at the library, and then the Judge Story Theatrical Troupe will hold an Improv Workshop at the library for students and adults (5th grade and older). This workshop begins at 1 p.m., and freewill donations will be accepted at the door. 

The Storytelling Showcase held Friday evening at the High School auditorium. This showcase will demonstrate four of the five ways to tell stories, with Stuck as our primary Storyteller. Pete Tekippe will present “Stories through the Camera Lens,” Thor’s Men and Valkyries of Roland-Story High School will present “Stories through Songs,” and the Judge Story Theatrical Troupe will perform “Stories from the Stage” with a one act play. The Friday night showcase will also be collecting a freewill offering. 

The fifth avenue of storytelling, the written word, will be featured on Saturday. Saturday morning includes Story Stops downtown at 10 a.m., with local celebrities, business owners and leaders of the Story City community telling stories about their building, their business and their history in Story City.  The “Empowerment through Story” workshop, geared toward all community members, will kick off at 10:30 a.m. at the library with Stuck again facilitating this program with a $15 fee to attend.  Light refreshments will be served to attendees.

Saturday starting at noon, six authors with Iowa connections will join together for a Book Fair that will also include the publisher Usborne Books. Deb Schulte of Usborne has wish lists of books created by the public libraries in Story City and Roland and the Roland-Story school libraries. Using those wish lists, the community can help the various libraries by purchasing items that will be added to their collections.  In addition, books can be purchased for personal use or as gifts. A percentage of these sales will also go to help with the library expansion project.   

The authors will be available to sign and sell books and visit with community members in the library meeting room. Each author will also be speaking during two storytelling sessions.  “Local Lore” will be presented at 1 p.m., and again at 3 p.m. in the Kinne Wing of the library. These are free, but a freewill offering will be collected.

The final event will be the wrap-up dinner featuring Eric Hanson, anchor of KCCI-TV, and a graduate of the Roland-Story Schools, storyteller Will Stuck and Dr. Frances Bartlett Kinne, who will be skyping to share some of her stories of Story City. At 102 years of age, Kinne had planned to attend. However, due to health issues, she is restricted from travel at this time. The dinner, catered by Guys with Grills, will be held at the Community Center located on Elm Street. The dinner costs $40 per person and tickets need to be purchased by November 1. Dinner guests are invited to bring their own beverage of choice.

As the BBPL Foundation's initial fundraiser for the library expansion project, tickets are available to purchase for the two workshops and the dinner at the Bertha Bartlett Public Library located at 503 Broad Street. For more information about the Festival, call 515-733-2685 or email berthab@storycity.lib.ia.us.

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.