Life Legends History and Folk Tales Come Alive Through the Magic of Storytelling at Washington County Libraries

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 30, 2012

Sponsored by: Cooperative Library Services Department, Outreach Services Division

A National Library Week Celebration: April 7-14

Washington County, Oregon: The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) hosts the 8th Annual Hearing Voices Storytelling Festival April 7 - 14. The festival features four professional storytellers: Tim Tingle (Canyon Lake, Texas), Kirk Waller (Oakland, CA), Habiba Addo (Portland, OR and Ghana, West Africa) and Leslie Slape (Rainer, OR).

The week-long storytelling extravaganza features 13 storytelling performances at the WCCLS member libraries, the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro and the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains. The festival kicks off April 7 at the Tigard Library with a double-header performance by Habiba Addo and Leslie Slape.

The week wraps up Saturday, April 14 with a full slate of activities- Kirk Waller will begin the morning with a performance at the Sherwood Public Library. Tim Tingle's afternoon presentation of Fiery, Funny Tips for Telling Your Story Workshop at the Tualatin Public Library, will be followed by a community-wide Story Swap hosted by the Portland Storytellers' Guild.

On the evening of Saturday, April 14, the Banks and North Plains Public Libraries will co-host the final storytelling concert at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club featuring performances by all four storytellers. The festival performances are all free and are designed for the enjoyment of adults and children ages 6 and up, unless otherwise noted.

The WCCLS storytelling festival, a local celebration of National Library Week, is supported in part by grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council and each of the local Friends of the Library organizations representing WCCLS member libraries, with additional in-kind services provided by Pamplin MediaGroup, Courtyard by Marriott, ProGraphics Services, Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center, Recology, Stash Tea, the Dal Baker Charitable Lead Annuity Trust and the Portland Storytellers' Guild.

"You belong @ your library"
See all of the 2012 Storytelling Festival Events here. Content in the programs require attentive listening and may be too intense for non-school aged children. Except where noted, the festival programs are designed for adults and children ages 6 and above. For directions to the performance venues and additional festival details please visit or pick up a festival newsletter at a local WCCLS member library.

NOTE: A high resolution picture of each storyteller and their biography are available by request:

The Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) includes: Banks Public Library, Beaverton City Library, Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls, Cedar Mill Community Library, Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany, Cornelius Public Library, Forest Grove City Library, Garden Home Community Library, Hillsboro Public Libraries (Main and Shute Park), North Plains Public Library, Sherwood Public Library, Tigard Public Library, Tualatin Public Library, and West Slope Community Library. Two specialty libraries are also a part of the Cooperatives library card service — the Oregon College of Art & Craft and the Tuality Health Education Resource Center.

Media Contact:

Jodi Nielsen, Senior Program Educator