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Posted on: January 10, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Storytelling Festival Kickoff at the Library

Warm your heart and tickle your funny bone with national storytellers Bil Lepp and Carol Birch during the week-long Kearney Storytelling Festival.

Bil Lepp will kick-off the festival Tuesday, January 14 at Kearney Public Library at 7:00 p.m. with Stories for Families. Bil is an internationally-known storyteller and humorist whose style has been described as a satisfying blend of Bill Cosby and Jeff Foxworthy. A five-time champion of the West Virginia Liar's Contest, his outrageous tall-tales and witty stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. Lepp explains that while his stories may not be completely true, they are always honest.

On Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Carol Birch will share stories for children at Kearney Public Library. Since she began telling stories in 1971, audiences have responded to Carol Birch's infectious enthusiasm and artistry. She offers a wealth of stories full of memories worth having. After she tells, adults want her to stay, and kids want to know when she'll be back.

The Storytelling Festival final showcase will be January 18 at Kearney Public Library. The showcase will feature Carol Birch, Bil Lepp as well as local tellers: Mel Shoemaker, Josh Pierce, Gail Lowenberg, Laura Erickson and Rick Brown. There will be storytelling for all ages; two sessions of stories for families at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

See you at the Kearney Public Library, 2020 1st Avenue, for stories and fun!

Then Saturday evening Storytelling for Adults at Harmon Activity Center for grownups to enjoy a night of stories just for them starting at 7:00 p.m. featuring the national tellers, Carol Birch and Bil Lepp. Harmon Activity Center is located at 3100 5th Avenue.

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