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September 11, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Menlo Park Library
800 Alma St.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Storytellers Tom and Sandy Farley
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A Cup of Coffee: Stories from Kosovo and Beyond

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Our 4th Annual Storytelling Festival continues, with the power of tandem storytelling!

Tom and Sandy Farley, “Spontaneous Combustion” storytellers, bring us tales for times of fear and anger. Why Kosovo? Because that is where, in the immediate aftermath of war, Sandy experienced the urgent need for stories of reconciliation.

As tandem tellers, Tom and Sandy have a give-and-take story sharing style that is well-suited to the ancient and modern wisdom lore they recount.

Program content is suitable for ages 8 and up.

About Spontaneous Combustion Storytellers
Since 1979, tandem storytellers Tom and Sandy Farley – AKA Spontaneous Combustion – have been telling traditional and contemporary tales for schools, libraries, book stores, hospitals, churches, summer camps, fairs, service clubs, corporate events, parties, and more. Their favorite themes include conflict resolution, youth empowerment, cultural diversity, disabilities, wisdom, and where stories come from. They are based in Redwood City, and tell their tales throughout the Bay Area & beyond.

About the Menlo Park Storytelling Festival
From September 7-October 2, enjoy the wonderful art of traditional oral storytelling, with a variety of visiting artists.
  • September 7: StoryFest
  • September 8: Alicia Retes
  • September 11: Tom and Sandy Farley
  • September 18: Seung Ah Kim
  • September 19: John Weaver
  • September 25: Bobby Norfolk
  • September 29: Olga Loya
  • September 30: Film Screening: Belonging in the USA: The Story of Michael D. McCarty
  • October 2: Michael Katz

About Storytelling

Storytelling is telling stories--without using a book. It's an ancient art form that predates libraries, and books, and writing.  According to the National Storytelling Network, "storytelling is the interactive art of using words and actions to reveal the elements and images of a story while encouraging the listener’s imagination. In storytelling, the listener imagines the story."

This event is made possible in part by funding from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.