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Thrills but no chills

Families &

especially elementary-aged children &

are invited to put-on their Halloween costumes and visit the Ashland Children's Library on Tuesday, Oct. 17, when Portland storyteller, Sarah Stein, arrives to tell her not-so-scary stories.

For this free event, Stein's program, called "Thrills But No Chills," will be exactly that. With perfectly chosen words, Stein will have the members of the audience think they are hearing things"&

166; Audiences may think they hear the wind talking, but it'll only be the owner of a missing toe in the story of the "Hairy Toe. Next, audiences may think they hear a pumpkin talking"&

166; But, a pumpkin talking? Nah, pumpkins don't talk!

As a former children's librarian and founding member of the Portland Storytellers' Guild, Stein has been telling stories for nearly 20 years. With a flair for the dramatic, she specializes in telling stories to children and families; and those lucky enough to come for this seasonal performance should expect lots of opportunities to participate.

Known for appealing word play and enthusiastic presentations, Stein has been complimented by Rebecca Cohen, the Founder/Producer of Newport's Stories by the Sea Storytelling Festival, who wrote after one of Stein's performances: "I've had six people call to tell me how much they loved [her] stories and how hard they laughed."

Healthy after-school snacks of fresh fruit, organic cheese crackers, raisins, and apple juice will be served from 3:15 to 3:30 p.m. Stein's program will begin at 3:45 p.m.

This program, aimed at kindergartners through 5th graders, is sponsored by the Jackson County Library Foundation, Jackson County Library Services, the Friends of the Ashland Library, Shop 'n Kart, Albertsons, the Ashland Springs Hotel, and George Aceves. This is the October event of Third Tuesday @ the Ashland Library, the monthly series of elementary-aged kids' programs in which professional storytellers entertain children at the Ashland Library.

Call the Children's Library at (541) 774-6995 for more information.