StoryTellers Guild

…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.

Click HERE to view the 2018/2019 schedule of the StoryTellers Guild programs

Our Mission

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

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 or 248.594.6414.

Upcoming events

January 17, 2019 – Children’s Book Illustrations

As Alice said at the start of Alice in Wonderland, “What is a book without pictures or conversations?” Some of our best loved illustrations are in children’s books.  Join us as we explore contemporary artists and look back at 19th and 20th century artists. Our presenter, Wendy Evans, is an historian, teacher, and DIA docent. 


February 21, 2019 – Wonderful Read-Alouds!

Looking for some great new books to add to your repertoire?  Who better to get them from than master storyteller, Stephanie Klimmek, Youth Services Director at the Baldwin Library.  Stephanie will present outstanding fiction and nonfiction “read-alouds” for pre-K through 5th grades.  Come and join us for some read-aloud fun!

Time To Get Involved

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