Library programs encourage storytellers

Hannah Grover

FARMINGTON — A storyteller has three tools — voice, body and imagination — professional storyteller Regina Ress told a group of children this afternoon at the Farmington Public Library.

Ress was one of the professional storytellers the library is bringing in to coach young people in preparation for the Four Corners Storytelling Festival. The workshops, as well as an upcoming community story circle in downtown Farmington, are among the ways the library is helping people hone their storytelling skills.

"We're hard wired for stories," Ress said. "It's how we make sense of the world."

Storytelling workshop instructor Regina Ress talks to her students during an exercise Wednesday at the Farmington Public Library.

While the workshops focus on children, the community story circle, which will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, is open to people of all ages.

"I really like to do storytelling because it lets me be really creative," Bailey Perkins, 12, told Ress during the workshop.

Bailey participated in the annual festival last year when she related a fractured fairy tale version of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff." She has already written another version of the fairy tale to tell at this year's event in October.

"I like to express myself in stories, and I like to make people smile and laugh," she said.

Ariel Jauregui, left, and Bria Choen work on creating a dialogue for their story Wednesday during a storytelling workshop at the Farmington Public Library.

Ress led the children through storytelling exercises like story boarding and creating dialogue.

"For the most part, storytelling is about learning stories, not memorizing stories," she told the children.

She said memorization is reciting a story as it was written. Ress encouraged the children to tell the stories in their own words.

Ress also encouraged children to find a story that they enjoy.

"It's really hard to tell a story that you don't like," she said.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

Participants in a storytelling workshop take part in an exercise Wednesday at the Farmington Public Library.






If you go

What: Youth storytelling workshops

When: 1 to 2:30 p.m. July 13 and July 20

Where: Farmington Public Library

More info: 505-599-1270

What: Community Story Circle

When: 6 to 8 p.m. July 12

Where: 119 W. Main St. 

More info: 505-599-1270