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Donna Wallace <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 10 Jun 2019 14:13:11 -0400
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The Auburn Public Library is pleased to announce that renowned Master
Storyteller Odds Bodkin will be at the Library on June 24 and 25 to help
kick off the 2019 Summer Library Program, "A Universe of Stories." 

On Monday, June 24, the Children's Summer Reading Program will begin
with Master Storyteller Odds Bodkin's presentation of RIP ROARIN' PAUL
BUNYAN TALES.  Introduced with 6-string guitar, Odds brings forth
Sourdough Sam, the inimitable chronicler of Paul Bunyan's astonishing
feats.  Sam tells the stories, leaving Odds behind somewhere. Not only
do characters speak, but vocal sound effects for roaring wind, crashing
trees, mooing oxen, bull whips, giant bumblebees and other crazy things
fly past, adding vivid imagery to Bodkin's high-energy telling.  This
evening of American tall tales will have you holding your sides with

This free program is for children and their families and will take place
from 6:00-7:00 p.m. that evening.

On Tuesday, June 25, at 1:00 p.m., the Teen Summer Library Program
kickoff will feature HERCULES IN HELL: A GREEK MYTH.  This compelling,
rugged tale explores the genuine myth of Hercules, the ancient Greek
hero, from his early murders and madness through his 12 Labors to his
bizarre death. Odds Bodkin accompanies the tale with a full score on
12-string guitar and tells it using voices for Hercules, Hades,
Persephone and a host of other gods and mortals. Ultimately a tale about
learning empathy and self-control, it also includes a solid exploration
of Greek mythology for young people.

This free program is for teens and adults but is not recommended for
listeners under 11 years of age.  

Since 1982, professional storyteller Odds Bodkin has combined dramatic
voices, vocal effects, narrative and live music to create imaginative
experiences for audiences. During those decades he has created hundreds
of tales that range from a four hour version of The Odyssey to
children's musicals. Using only 12-string guitars, Celtic harp and folk
instruments without electronic effects, he transforms his voice into
heroes, giants, villains and animals while playing live music to create
vivid, cinematic soundscapes. He also creates realistic effects with his
voice--water droplets, wind, galloping hoofs, crashing waves--to add
imagery to his tales.


A published children's author and award-winning recording artist, he has
toured Great Britain, performed twice at The White House, been called "a
consummate storyteller" by The New York Times for his Off-Broadway shows
at Lincoln Center and been a Featured Teller at the National
Storytelling Festival. His recordings and books have won Parents'
Choice, Indie, Golden Headset, Storytelling World, Pick of the Lists,
Editors' Choice and Dove awards. 

More information on Odds Bodkin is available at his website -

For full details on this and other upcoming children's and teen programs
this summer, visit the Auburn Public Library calendar at (click on "Events" at the top of the page)
or call the APL at 333-6640.

(My apologies for any duplicate emails you may have received regarding
these events!)


Thank you! Have an amazing summer and great success with your summer


Donna Wallace

Teen/Collaboration Librarian

Media Lab Coordinator

Auburn Public Library

49 Spring Street

Auburn, ME 04210

Tel: 207-333-6640, ext. 4 <> 

Pronouns: she, her, hers


"People should just be allowed to look in the mirror and see all kinds
of possibilities."  --M-E Girard, Girl Mans Up