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'The funniest most serious performer ever' at the library

How does someone rein-in their limitless imagination and unbridled humor? They don't! They become a storyteller! That's what Will Hornyak did; and this month Hornyak, performing at the Ashland Children's Library, will demonstrate once again that he is what one 4th grader called, "the funniest, most serious person I ever met."

Hornyak is so funny and so serious about the stories he tells that he was named Artist of the Year in 2004 by Young Audiences of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

He is so gifted and inventive that he was awarded the National Storytelling Network's Brimstone Grant in 2005 for his environmental education program &

a program which has educated and entertained over 25,000 students and teachers.

Children are fascinated and enriched by stories; but so, too, are adults, Hornyak knows. He has been a storyteller for the Oregon State Penitentiary; he has provided keynotes and workshops for the American Cancer Society and the Oregon Department of Human Services; and he has taught storytelling to business students at Marylhurst University and Lewis and Clark College.

The Oregonian called Hornyak a "storyteller with an ability to transport children and adults into an amazing ... world." Coming from a background reporting news in Latin America, he often tells stories of Mexico or South America.

He also draws his stories from all over his imagination and the rest of the globe. For his Ashland Library performance, audiences may hear American tall tales, Native American myths, or Russian fairy tales.

Whatever tales Hornyak tells, the audience &

both young and old &

will find themselves treated to a performance of beautifully crafted stories woven especially for them.

Hornyak's performance, this month's event in the popular Third Tuesday at the Library series, is sponsored by the Jackson County Library Foundation, Jackson County Library Services, the Friends of the Ashland Public Library, Shop 'n Kart, Albertsons, and the Ashland Springs Hotel.

Following the closure of the Jackson County Libraries on April 6, there will be no Third Tuesday events; however, programs have been approved for the remainder of the 2007 calendar year and the grant-funded staff will work as quickly as possible to schedule future storytellers once the libraries are reopened.

Hornyak's appearance at the Ashland Library will take place on Tuesday, March 20 at 3:45 p.m.

As always, healthy refreshments of organic crackers, fresh fruit, raisins, and juice will be served at 3:15 p.m. For further information call Perii Hauschild-Owen at 774-6995.