A unique storytelling space dedicated to bringing people together to share their favorite tales and hear from local and visiting authors.
The Story Share
Making its debut at the 2016 Baltimore Book Festival, The Story Share is a unique storytelling space dedicated to bringing people together to share their favorite tales and hear from local and visiting authors. Anchored by “Goodnight Moonlight Nightlight” (a reading space), an installation by Baltimore artist Stewart Watson, The Story Share creates a cozy and family friendly environment devoted to getting comfy and digging into stories new and old.
Stage: Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Visitor Center's Back Lawn
Friday, September 23
Story Share Friday with Reading Partners
Reading Partners places community volunteers in low-income schools to help kids master basic reading. Reading Partners has been part of the Baltimore educational landscape since 2012. By partnering with Baltimore community members and leaders from local school districts, government, corporations, community organizations, universities, churches, and more, Reading Partners is mobilizing the people who care about Baltimore’s children to give back to local schools in a meaningful way. We believe that together we can create a future where every child in Baltimore has the support they need to become strong readers and lifelong learners.
Drop-In Story Time with Reading Partners
Come join Reading Partners volunteers as they share some of their favorite stories! Participants of all ages are welcome to drop-in between the hours of 12PM and 2PM to hear a story, pick up a book to take home, and leave a book behind to share with others. All books given to The Story Share will be donated to Reading Partners for their in-school program.
Open Story Sharing
Stop by The Story Share to relax with your favorite book! Read aloud to your friends and family, or find a cozy spot in our “plushie forest” to relax with a book! Festival goers are invited to participate in The Story Share Book Exchange, leave a book, take a book!
Reading Partners Info Session
Are you a passionate reader and book enthusiast? Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Come hear more about the work Reading Partners does in Baltimore City schools, and how you can help make a difference!
Drop-In Story Time with Reading Partners
Come join Reading Partners volunteers as they share some of their favorite stories! Participants of all ages are welcome to drop-in between the hours of 4:30 and 6:30PM to hear a story, pick up a book to take home, and leave a book behind to share with others. All books given to The Story Share will be donated to Reading Partners for their in-school program.
Saturday, September 24
Mike Hassan Allen, featuring The Strength from Within
This is an inspirational story of an inner city boy’s journey to manhood, from the war zone projects of East New York Brooklyn during the crack epidemic of the 1980’s. This young phoenix used education to rise from the violence and despair that surrounded him by embodying the American dream. The Strength From Within Windows to My Soul chronicles the journeys of a young man and his mother respectively covering five decades of courage, resilience, trauma and triumph. This non-fictional memoir details the northern migration of a twenty-year-old young woman estranged from her family who bravely takes a pilgrimage to New York City from Alabama.
Kelly Ramsdell-Fineman, featuring At the Boardwalk
AT THE BOARDWALK by Kelly Ramsdell Fineman, and featuring illustrations by Mònica Armiño. Kirkus Reviews called it “A celebration of the senses on the sand and by the shore…The oceanside boardwalk bustles from dawn's first light until night's starry skies.”
Sunday, September 25
Story-A-Thon with Be Here: Baltimore
We are telling stories differently. The Be Here: Baltimore project is making Baltimore’s culture and heritage more visible and accessible to local and global audiences through unique kinds of digital storytelling. The initiative was established to build upon the rich storytelling culture in the city by encouraging local creators and institutions to publish their location-based stories on a range of free and open digital platforms (such as the izi.TRAVEL app) so the stories can be discovered by smartphone users as they explore the city. The 22 funded projects generated more than 250 stories that have covered Baltimore in a network of connections among museums, local businesses, attractions, street art, and neighborhoods, and include such topics as history, current events, nature, community, music, and art. Be Here: Baltimore is an initiative of the MuseWeb Foundation.
Story-A-Thon with Be Here: Baltimore storytellers
Be Here: Baltimore is a mobile storytelling project that aims to connect Baltimore neighborhoods, people, businesses, and cultural institutions through stories – not only to each other, but to other towns and cities. Join us as we hear from Be Here: Baltimore storytellers sharing their unique stories.
Recording Session at Be Here: Baltimore Story-A-Thon featuring the Taharka Brothers’ Change-Maker Mobile Ice Cream Truck
Be Here: Baltimore has only just begun its storytelling revolution. Come be a part of the mix by recording your own stories and hearing more about how to get involved with the project. The Taharka Brothers’ Change-Maker Mobile ice cream truck has been converted into a traveling recording booth, offering participants the opportunity to swap their stories for an ice cream, and listen to other voices revealing a city you thought you knew.
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