Library to host storyteller

In celebration of Women’s History Month and as part of the library’s “Meet Your Local Artist” program, the Philippi Public Library will host local storyteller Rebecca Ashburn on March 22 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Ashburn will present “How Do You Use Your Power?”

“This is a unique program for everyone,” said Director Judy Buckner Larry, “but we believe it will be especially enjoyable to women and teenaged girls.”

Larry invites the public to “come and hear Ashburn tell the story of the Sleeping Beauty as told in its rarely heard complete form.” Ashburn will name four kinds of power women use in the story and connect those powers to women’s lives today.

Ashburn stated, “Struggle, power, betrayal, loss, suffering, courage, love and victory they’re all here in the fairy tales, ending as expected in ‘happily ever after,’ at least for some of the characters.

“Hearing a good story told well is fun. Waking up to your own powers is amazing!”

Ashburn retired from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 2011 and moved to West Virginia which she calls “her true home.” She now lives in Elkins with her husband. She describes herself as a life-long storyteller, beginning at the very young age of four when she was lifted up to stand on the teacher’s desk to tell stories to the children in the one-room schoolhouse in Pennsylvania.

“I’ve rarely stopped telling stories since,” she said. “To make a living, I’ve worked in many positions, including as a social worker, teacher and tutor, but I have always read, studied, told and learned from stories: folk tales, fairy tales, myths, Bible stories, and wisdom stories from around the world.” A

Ashburn enjoys collecting stories from other cultures as well and owns 42 versions of the Cinderella story, versions from Pacific Islands, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Mexico and Native American nations.

For more information on this program or to register for this event, please contact the Philippi Public Library at 304-457-3495 or stop by the circulation desk.

Seating is limted.