The Florida Public Library, located at 4 Cohen Cir. in Florida, will celebrate World Storytelling Day on Wed., Mar. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. with a Spring Storytelling Café. The vernal equinox or first day of spring will arrive that evening.
Black Dirt Storytelling Guild founders Eileen Stelljes and Madelyn Folino and Ken Karnas from the New Jersey Storytelling Network will tell stories, all on the theme of water. Adults, age 16 and up, are invited to listen to a selection of myths, folktales, humorous stories and historical tales about water.
Stelljes, of Walden, NY, specializes in tales from the Hudson Valley and American history, particularly from the Revolutionary War era and she is an experienced re-enactor, having sided with both the patriots and the Hessians over the years.
Folino, of Pine Island, has been the library director for over 20 years and is a familiar face in local schools and libraries, where she has told all kinds of stories since 1986. She is a co-chair of Sharing the Fire: The Northeast Storytelling Conference and Festival, to be held the last weekend in March in Plymouth, MA.
Karnas, of Wantage, NJ, is a retired teacher from Sussex County who, shortly into his career of over four decades, discovered the magic of storytelling to command the attention of children and teens and make them ask for more.
Coffee, tea and homemade desserts will be served. To register, call the Library at 651-7659 or visit www.floridapubliclibrary.org and click on calendar.