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Squirrely Shirley Discovers the Magic of Science

Shirley loves to share the science experiments she's found to include in her science show for the 2014 Library FIZZ, BOOM, READ! Summer Reading Program.


Kids are amazed by FIZZING ROCKS

Have fun following Shirley's instructions to make baking soda rocks and watch as they fizz and dissolve. If you want to find out how to make your own FIZZING ROCKS, just click here.

This laugh-and-learn family puppet/storytelling program is the fourth in a series of special summer library shows staring Shirley, an irrepressible rascal squirrel with an inquisitive mind and unbridled enthusiasm for ideas.

As Shirley ventures into the exciting world of science, she learns why scientists wear protective goggles, gloves and clothes when they do experiments. Click here to receive a page of links to all six FIZZ, BOOM, READ! science resource handouts for this show.



Audiences always enjoy Glenda's shows.

Why Stories?

I consider storytelling to be a person-to-person event - even when the audience count is in the hundreds.

As a storyteller, I feel a sense of responsibility to provide every audience with the stories they need to hear. This means that I do not select just any tale from my repertoire. Instead, I consider who will be in the audience, and I look for meaningful tales that will resonate with them.

There is magic and power in a tale well told. Through stories, people are connected by mutual understanding or core beliefs as they associate what they hear with their own experiences. One of the best things about telling stories is that as they entertain, they may also inform by suggesting new ways to look at a topic or situation.

When I tell stories, old or new, I share a bit of my own journey through every tale I tell, and I invite each listener to come along for the ride.

How to Find and Develop a Family Story

Family stories are all around us. They are like hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. To get you started, I'd like to explore just one part of this process of finding and developing a family story from the things we collect and often place on display in our homes. Read more...

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