Story by Story

Join PSPL for Story by Story, a monthly storytelling series for adults and mature teens. Listen as diverse tellers from around the country tell stories reflecting a variety of cultures, beliefs, and experiences. Performances run 45-60 minutes, followed by an up-to 30 minute discussion opportunity.

Story by Story will be held in the Library’s River Room, and an American Sign Language interpreter will be provided for all events. Please register for each individual event, as space is limited. For more information, contact Diane Dehoney at (502) 352-2665 x108 or

Yvonne Healy

Yvonne Healy, Thursday, October 27, 6PM River Room

Yvonne Healy didn’t simply kiss the Blarney Stone; she swallowed it. A citizen of two cultures, Irish and American, Yvonne spoke both languages as a child. From this world of hidden treasures rose one of America’s most endearing storytellers. Funny, thought-provoking, and dynamic, too! A little bit Ireland and a little bit USA, Healy’s award-winning stories delight audiences across the Rocky Mountains, the North Woods, Midwestern plains, and East Coast. Savor the stew of her Irish gift of gab spiced with the multicultural spice of an American upbringing. The Republic of Ireland’s cultural authorities recognize Healy as the foremost teller of Irish stories in the USA and her storytelling is regularly featured at large Irish festivals in North America. With Halloween fast approaching, Yvonne will tell Irish ghost stories.

Past Storytellers

Loren Niemi

The desert wind blows, the palms sway as Loren Niemi tells a “choose your adventure” story of the Baker, the Contessa, the Mapmaker, and the Widow, in search of their destiny with four starting points (the audience must choose from) to an improbable destination, Fata Morgana, and four, maybe five

Andy Offutt Irwin

In “An Evening with Marguerite Van Camp, M.D.”, Andy tells the adventures of his eighty-five-year-old-widowed-newly-minted-physician (fictional) aunt, Marguerite Van Camp, a woman who avoids curmudgeonship by keeping her finger on the pulse of the changing world around her as she seeks to grow –

Ray Christian

Ray tells stories of his upbringing in a southern ghetto, his family life, and his transition from ghetto kid to soldier to academic.

Laura Packer

Laura Packer’s extensive repertoire includes traditional tales from around the world; retold fairy tales and myths that reveal new perspectives; personal narrative that amuses and moves; original magical realism fiction full of wonder; scary stories; historical works; improvised stories that exis

Alton Takiyama-Chung

E Komo Mai! Welcome and spend an evening hearing tales of old and not so old Hawaii. Explore ancient Hawaiian legends of Gods and Goddesses with kama’aina storyteller Alton Takiyama-Chung.

Charlotte Blake Alston

For over thirty years, Charlotte Blake Alston has been committed to preserving and sharing stories from African and African American oral traditions. She has shared stories in a wide range of venues including the John F.