I grew up in a small town, Humble, Texas. We are just north of Houston across the freeway from Bush Intercontinental Airport. Before the airport was built, Humble was a very quiet town. Everyone knew everyone. But with the airport came more people and progress. We have grown to a city of about 15,000 people. Now itís rare to see the friends and neighbors you grew up with.
I came back to Humble, after graduating from college, to teach. A good friend in high school and I had dreamed of coming back to Humble and teaching. She moved on to better things, while I came back and taught for 23 years. I taught friendís children, and I even taught the child of one of my former students.
I retired two years ago and began volunteering at the local library. It was there that I first came upon the idea of becoming a librarian. I began my SLIS program that fall and I will graduate this December.
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My interest in telling stories came from the exposure I had while teaching. The librarians would have guest storytellers come, and it was always exciting listening to their enthusiasm for the art. I also enjoyed listening to stories told by my parents and relatives at family gatherings. They provided a rich background to our familyís history of growing up in Humble.
I used storytelling when I was teaching to help spice up the various text books. In Social Studies, it helped to make the details come alive for the students.
I have become very interested in strengthening my storytelling skills as a result of taking a beginning storytellerís class. I can see many uses for it as a Childrenís Librarian. I plan to offer my services as storyteller to my local library, which will give me lots of practice in honing my skills.
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