Perrot Memorial Library will present an afternoon of storytelling in memory of our beloved Children’s Librarians, Kate McClelland (“Mrs. Mac”) and Kathy Krasniewicz (“Mrs. K”). Those who knew Kate and Kathy know how much storytelling was a part of their lives and how they used it to enchant and educate the youth of our community.
Donald Davis was born in a Southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories. “I didn’t learn stories, I just absorbed them,” he says as he recounts tales learned from a family of traditional storytellers who have lived on the same Western North Carolina land since 1781. Davis grew up hearing gentle fairytales, simple and silly Jack tales, scary mountain lore, ancient Welsh and Scottish folktales and, most importantly, nourishing true-to-life stories of his own neighbors and kin.It was Uncle Frank, a man who “talked in stories,” who helped Donald capture the real and daily adventures of life… and it was Uncle Frank who gave him the creative courage to tell about them. Davis remembers, “I discovered that in a story I could safely dream any dream, hope any hope, go anywhere I pleased, fight any foe, win or lose, live or die. My stories created a safe experimental learning place.”
For more information about Donald Davis, please visit his website: http://www.ddavisstoryteller.com/