Listen, tell stories at Rangeley library event

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RANGELEY — The Rangeley Public Library will host a storytelling circle from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. The event is free and open to all.

Peggy Yocom, folklorist and storyteller from Rangeley and Farmington, will host the morning’s session. She will bring story-starter cards to help anyone in the audience think of stories they may want to tell. She will also introduce members of Western Maine Storytelling who will offer a variety of personal stories drawn from daily life that can inspire listeners’ own memories.

Rob Lively of Wilton, president of Western Maine Storytelling, will share tales about his high school job as a gravedigger and about the pitfalls of growing up as the son of a Methodist minister.

Jane Woodman of Farmington will tell about her childhood summers with her Rangeley grandmother, Lola Tibbetts Madden of 56 Pleasant St., the great-granddaughter of Timothy and Lucinda Hoar Tibbetts — from their daily walks in town to their evenings filled with “Saturday Night Wrestling.”

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Yocom will share stories about otherworldly events she has never been able to explain.

Listeners are welcome. No one has to tell a story if they prefer not to, but audience members will have the opportunity to share their memories, if they wish.

The storytelling circle is sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council, the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area and Western Maine Storytelling.

FMI: 207-864-5529, 207-864-3421, westernmainestorytelling.org.

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