Literary: “Stories of Youth” presented by CT Library Consortium and CT Storytelling Center Fri., 4-6 PM

Wind down your week with “Stories of Youth” at Best Video Film & Cultural Center.

The Connecticut Storytelling Center and the Connecticut Library Consortium have teamed to present a novel way to spend your Friday rush hour. Saul Fussiner, accompanied by Brian Slattery on violin, presents “Stories of Youth,” featuring storytellers Cynthia Rojas, Sharen McKay, Wendy Marans and Sara deBeer, Oct. 18th from 4-6 p.m. at Best Video Film & Cultural Center, 1842 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

The audience can experience different forms and styles of storytelling; learn about Tellabration!, a month-long worldwide storytelling celebration that was founded by the Connecticut Storytelling Center; and learn about storytelling learning opportunities provided by the center and the CLC.

Fussiner is the director of creative writing at ACES School of the Arts in New Haven, and produces and hosts the “Songs + Stories at Next Door” series at Next Door in New Haven. His one-man show “The Ghosts of Poland” recounts his family connection and personal travels to Poland. His one-man show “I’ve Heard Those Drums All My Life” is about moments of deep connection in Ireland. Slattery is a novelist, journalist (arts editor at the New Haven Independent) and musician who’s involved in several projects.

Rojas has told stories at Chion Wolf’s “The Mouth-Off” storytelling series at Hartford’s Mark Twain House, as well as Institute Library in New Haven, the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, and Storytelling New Haven. She has shared in many storytelling gigs with all of the other tellers. McKay has told stories for many years. Besides some folktales, many of her stories recount her growing years in an Irish Catholic family in Rhode Island. Marans began storytelling in 2014, at New Haven’s Institute Library. She works with children who have speech and language disabilities, and is a board member of Music Haven. In her quieter moments, she can be found playing the cello and quilting. DeBeer has been a member of the storytelling community for over 40 years, and is vice president of the Board of Directors of the Connectcut Storytelling Center. Each November, with Arnold Pritchard, she leads the Institute Library storytelling workshops for “Tellabration!”

The program is free and open to the public. Snacks and drinks will be sold at the Best Video Coffee & Wine Bar. For more info, contact Amanda Stern, CLC Events & Special Projects Manager, at astern@ctlibrarians.org.

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