Pickerington Times-Sun

Library to host 'Frightful Evening' for teens July 9

Professional storyteller Rick Carson to share spooky tales July 9


The Pickerington Public Library next week will enlist a professional storyteller to provide spook-filled entertainment for local teens.

From 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, the Pickerington Public Library will host "A Frightful Evening with Rick Carson."

According to library officials, Carson is a professional storyteller from Hamilton, Ohio, who helps encourage youths to read through is blend of movement, timing and myriad of voices.

During the "Frightful Evening" event, Carson will offer scary stories designed to entertain teens and adults, all in keeping with the library's July theme of "Grr, Arrgh: Monsters and Zombies."

"He's got this huge, booming voice that's great for telling stories," said Amanda Fensch, adult services manager for the library.

"He is basically going to try to scare our teens by telling stories."

The event is being planned for the outdoor amphitheater located behind the library, weather-permitting. If it rains, the program will be held inside the library.

"There's no reason why a well-told story can't entertain teens," Fensch said. "Storytelling is an extension of reading, which is an extension of the library.

"If you've ever seen a professional storyteller at work, it's definitely an experience," she said. "It's a dying art form, but you get the experience of one person putting you in the moment."

A Frightful Evening with Rick Carson is free, and adults also are welcome to attend.

However, because of limited seating in the amphitheater, library officials are asking those interested in attending to register in advance.

Registration can be completed by calling the reference desk at 614-837-4104, ext. 233, or by visiting the library at 201 Opportunity Way.

Following the storytelling session, the library will host glow-in-the-dark lawn bowling.

"This is a first for us, but it's something I would like to continue to do over the next several summers," Fensch said.