Peacham Library Celebrates the Art of Storytelling!

This summer, the Peacham Library will celebrate the “The Art of Storytelling” by featuring speakers who showcase the diversity of methods and mediums that can be used to convey narrative or emotional arch. The programs in July and August, will feature guest speakers including Erica Heilman of the Rumble Strip podcast; Jay Craven and Bess O’Brien of Kingdom County Productions; author Beth Kanell; and the Peacham Historical Association. All events are free or by donation, and are open to the public. All events in the series take place at the Peacham Library Community Room (656 Bayley Hazen Rd, Peacham, VT 05862) on Thursdays at 7:00pm. They are free (although donations are accepted and welcomed) and open to the public.


  • THURSDAY, JULY 19TH: The Peacham Historical Association’s phalogo-websmarchive contains a wealth of items and artifacts relevant to the Peacham community. The PHA President and board members will use their backgrounds in art history and other humanities to discuss the histories of specific artifacts from the collection, and the stories that these items can tell us here in the present day.

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  • THURSDAY, JULY 26TH: Erica Heilman, producer of the Rumble Strip podcast, will lead a conversation about the finding and the making of stories using sound, including lots of audio samples from her work. Her podcast, which airs monthly on VPR, features the extraordinary lives of ordinary people – mostly Vermonters – including some local voices.


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    Beth Kanell
    will discuss the inspirations behind her novels. Beth believes that stories of today take value from yesterday’srich lives. In her books, she brings our region’s past to life in vivid detail as she probes our need for love and our desire for justice. With these, she crafts the stories of young adults in Vermont, then and now.


  • THURSDAY, AUGUST 16TH: Jay Craven and Bess O’Brien of Kingdom CountyImage may contain: 1 person, smiling, camera, closeup and outdoorProductions are both filmmakers, but the films they create are different in both style and substance. Craven focuses on fiction, having created film adaptations of Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher’s novels and others, and O’Brien is a documentary filmmaker, focusing onImage may contain: 1 person, beard and closeupVermonters and challenging subjects like addiction, domestic abuse, and the foster care system. The two filmmakers will discuss the differences and similarities between the ways they approach storytelling through the medium of film.




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