August 2012

What’s New · Storytelling Festival in Washington Square Park

Storytellers Jonatha and Harold Wright Storytellers Jonatha and Harold Wright

Want to hear a story? Come join us for the Library’s first "Storytelling in the Park" festival on Sunday, Sept. 9 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. The free event will take place in the shady green spaces of the newly renovated Washington Park, and will feature professional and amateur Ohio storytellers who will entertain the whole family.

They will be joined by the 2005 New York Times Librarian of the Year and College Hill Branch Manager Arnice Smith with stories just for kids. Amateur storytellers will have the opportunity to share their stories in a special session with event partner Teilen.

Katie Laur, noted bluegrass and jazz artist, writer, and radio personality will emcee the Storytelling Festival.

More About the Professional Storytellers

Jonatha and Harold Wright have been specializing in Ohio, Ohio Appalachian and Japanese stories for the last several years. They do workshops all over the U.S. and in Kyoto on storytelling techniques and skills. Professionally they belong to the state storytelling groups of Ohio, Kentucky and Florida, the National Storytelling Network, and the Miami Valley Storytellers

Eric Wolf graduated with a B.A. in human ecology from College of the Atlantic for which his senior project was storytelling. His experience has included an apprenticeship with a professional storyteller. He completed an M.S. in environmental education from Lesley University. He was awarded an Oracle Award for Distinguished Service to the National Storytelling Community in 2010 for the podcast The Art of Storytelling Show

Omope Carter Daboiku has been affiliated with the Ohio Arts Council as an Artist-in-Education since 1990. She was among the first artists chosen for the Cincinnati Arts Association's “Artists On Tour” program and is a regular teller for the Public Library and the Cincinnati Storytellers Guild. She is featured in the Urban Appalachian Council’s traveling exhibit, “Perceptions of Home.“

More About Librarian of the Year

Arnice Smith, then the Children’s Librarian for the College Hill Branch, made history in 2005 by becoming the first African American Ohioan to be named one of the New York Times Librarians of the Year. The program honors librarians from around the country who have provided outstanding public service. She is an enthralling storyteller with a passion for sharing stories and books.


Underground parking is available at Washington Park and can be accessed through entrances/exits on Race Street at 13th Street and on Elm Street across from Music Hall. After 4:00 p.m. and weekends, the rate is $1:00 per hour up to a maximum of $3.00