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Storymatters starts new season Sept. 10

MIDDLEBURY — When there is a gathering, and stories start to fly, we might assume that everyone is present and engaged. But that is not always so. Some persons are hesitant, or shy, or feel under pressure to come up with a story. Some simple checks with each other may bear out this reality.
Here we put forth an idea that surfaced in conversations between folks in “Storymatters,” a local story telling group, and Ilsley Library staff. We invite you to test it with us. For now we will call it “Storytelling for Listeners.”
A small cluster of individuals who regularly engage in storytelling will be prepared to offer stories related to the theme for the day. Our intent will be to offer a worthwhile listening experience.
At the same time, we know from follow up comments to the stories being told that there are hints or insights into stories that touch us or that we may want to pursue. In either case, we seek a special occasion for listening and telling.
Our first offering will be on Monday, Sept. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room in the Ilsley Public Library.
The theme for day is “Near at Hand.” This occasion may touch on something that is ordinary, right there, around us or within us, that may have gone unnoticed, or something unexpected that has come to the surface. Or something else that springs from your imagination.
All are welcome to this event on Sept. 10 at the Ilsley Library.
Editor’s note: This story was provided by Len Rowell.

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