Once Upon a Time...
…in the Fall of 1992, The Community House and the Early Childhood Center hosted a luncheon to honor Helen Southgate Williams, an 85 year old woman who devoted her life to enriching the lives of children through books and storytelling. Inspired to act upon the idea of fostering “an army of storytellers with books under their arms, reading and telling stories to children everywhere,” Shelley Barr, Judy Hoeffler, Margot Snyder, and Martha Neumann banded together to found the StoryTellers Guild. By 1993 The Community House became a champion of the idea, and the StoryTellers Guild was organized under the umbrella of The Community House. Since that time, the Guild and The Community House have shared a unique partnership.
The Guild is dedicated to increasing literacy and a love of reading by helping children discover the magic found between the pages of a good book. We currently have nearly one hundred members. Many of these are active readers or storytellers in more than a dozen schools. Each year the StoryTellers Guild donates approximately $2500 worth of books to classrooms and libraries.
Great care is taken to ensure a comfort level for all those who wish to participate. For some it is the fun and value of reading or storytelling in a school or hospital environment. Others wish to simply support our mission through participation in Guild events or donations. Whatever level of support desired, there is something for everyone.
Join us at one of our monthly meetings to learn more about The Guild and exchange ideas and experiences over a cup of tea or coffee and a pastry. Everyone is welcome!
Interested in becoming a member or would like more information? Please contact Lee Trumbull at firstname.lastname@example.org or 248.594.6414.