Archive for Wednesday, December 26, 2001

Storyteller brings stories to life

December 26, 2001

Students at Basehor Elementary School's library got their stories live and in person last week.

Priscilla Howe, a Lawrence resident and professional storyteller, was the featured attraction, but the message was still about the importance of reading.

BES librarian Janice Walker said Howe's presentation was part of the school's continuing effort to bring in people who help students become interested in the library.

"We are trying to bring in someone each year, either an author or storyteller," Walker said. "It's good for the kids and might get them more interested in the library".

Howe gave two presentations at the school, one for preschool through third-grade students and the other for fourth- through sixth-grade students.

"She was absolutely wonderful," Walker said. "She is a great storyteller and gears her stories toward the audience."

In presenting her stories, Howe uses puppets and involves audience members while using real-life stories to entertain students.

Howe also stopped at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School during her brief visit to the school district.

District officials said all of the students at GRE heard a presentation from the storyteller.

The storyteller was brought to the school district courtesy of Basehor Elementary School administrators. The presentation at GRE was paid for by the school's Parent Teacher Organization.

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