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Jiaan’s View of the World

May Update and News:

Ft Worth Library News

Hey there, everyone! What fun we had telling stories at 7 libraries in Fort Worth in April.

Everyone was friendly, and the libraries were beautiful!


If you check in with Spike’s Blog, you may be confused. He didn’t go VIRUS. I attempted to explain to him, “going viral”. There were lots of Spike cut-out puppets at the 5th Annual Puppetry Festival at the Central Library in Fort Worth.


 McMath Middle School

Thanks to Ms. Betsy Mosier and the Tejas Tellers in the Schools program sponsored by Tejas Storytelling Association. Special thanks to Ms. Anna M. Modrow! And thanks to all the kind folks at McMath Middle School!


On May 4th I traveled to Denton to McMath to tell folk tales and relate snippets of Texas history to the 7th graders. I even told a true Ghost Story. And I certainly appreciated all the good listeners.


7th Grade Texas History Students at McMath Middle School in Denton, Texas.

Here I am telling stories to the 7th graders on May 4, 2014. This is part of the Tejas Tellers in the Schools program.


Here I am telling stories to the 7th graders. This is part of the Tejas Tellers in the Schools program.

7th Grade Texas History Students at McMath Middle School in Denton, Texas

April News Bulletin # 2 National Puppetry Month

Spike and I will be at seven of the Fort Worth Libraries in April. As this is National Puppetry Month, Spike keeps saying, “This is the CAT’S MEOW that I was picked to perform.” I’ve listed the times and places below. Come see us!


Central • 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13

East Regional • 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 14

Northside • 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16

Summerglen • 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19

Ella Mae Shamblee • 4 p.m. Monday, April 21

Southwest Regional • 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 23

Northwest • 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26


For the location of these libraries please go to:



April News Bulletin #1 ~ Thanks, TSA Board ~ TLA in San Antonio

There are many exciting things happening in April, and I decided to add multiple posts and call each one a bulletin.


This is a run-on bulletin because first I want to say The Texas Storytelling Festival in Denton this past month was exceptional with wonderful tellers. I’m always fussing because there is too much to do, and I don’t get to do everything I want. On the other hand, I am grateful to all those hard-working committed folks who produce the festival. THANKS a million!


Now for important April NEWS:


Coming up next week is the annual Texas Library Association Conference. I can’t wait to see everyone April 8 – 11 in San Antonio. Friday morning at 8 am on the 11th, Toni Simmons, Mary Grace Ketner, and I are participating as a panel in a workshop hosted by the Storytelling Round Table. We’ll tell stories and link activities that support the TEKS and students’ success on the STAAR test. Come join us! CPE #514: SBEC 2.0

News for March

News here:

The 29th Annual Texas Storytelling Festival (March 6-9, 2014) began tonight in Denton, Texas, with the opening of the usual Thursday night ghost story concert. Entitled this year as “Goosebumps and Graveyards”, I know I’m missing a good evening of stories. Tim Couch, one of our own Dallas tellers is featured and his scary tales can creep me out! But I’ve been getting house and home ready today so I can enjoy the workshops and concerts Friday through Sunday.

Tejas Storytelling Association volunteers and those in charge of the Festival have been busy for weeks and days in the planning. I spent some seven hours myself on Wednesday helping prepare the registration envelopes. This Festival is one of the best anywhere aroung. Every year as I’m listening and learning and the Festival plays out, I even think about writing notes to all the board members and key producers!

If you are in the area or can get to Denton this weekend, make the effort. You’ll hear some great tellers and find yourself laughing and crying with a whole big group of other folks.

Here’s where you can find more information about the Festival:

Hello There!

My name is Jiaan and this is my brand new blog. I’ll be sharing my photos, some cool videos of me telling wonderful tales, and snippets of other things. I’m looking forward to spending time with you.

Here’s a picture of me and my very good friend Spike. You will be hearing much much more about Spike in future posts.

Jiaan and Spike

Jiaan and Spike

I guess that’s all I want to say this time. I will post something else soon. Bye!