Storyteller to offer scary stories

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:59

    FLORIDA-The Florida Public Library will offer a program of “Scary Stories” with storyteller Pamela Schembri at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. The session is designed for all ages and will be followed by a Halloween party with spooky crafts and refreshments. Participants can wear a costume if they want to. Registration is required, and children must be accompanied by a parent or other adult. Schembri shared some of her trademark spine chilling tales at last November’s “Tellabration!” She is a school library media specialist, and the author of “Scary Stories You Won’t Be Afraid to Use.” She grew up listening to her father tell stories of his immigrant childhood in the Bronx and remembers the pleasures of family stories told around the dining room table. During her studies to become a librarian, she had to create a three-minute story as a homework assignment, loved it and began a career as a professional storyteller the next month. She will follow her appearance in Florida with a program at the Tribeca Film Festival. While Schembri’s favorite audience is her daughter, Emily, she loves presenting her stories to people of all ages. She says “Storytelling truly bridges the gap in generations and I can’t think of a better way to share our lives. It is my hope that children who hear my stories share them, especially within their families. We can learn so much from each other, and sometimes a story is the easiest way to begin.” To sign up for the program or to volunteer to help with crafts and refreshments, call 651-7659.