Presented by Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System
June-August 2020

This summer, escape in the worlds of fairytales and folklore to connect to the stories that move us and change us and help us learn about the world at our Fairytale and Folklore Festival. These universal stories have thrilled audiences and readers for generations, since before the printing press. We’ve lined up a who’s who of fairytale and folktale authors and illustrators (Seriously, prepare to be starstruck. We are.) to share stories and explain their craft. Enjoy a shadow puppet performance and workshop, enhanced story walks, book clubs, workshops, ukelele sing-a-longs, craft projects (who doesn’t need a wish jar), and more.

Adam Gidwitz, one of the authors speaking at our virtual author events, perhaps said it best:

Being the reader of a dark fairytale is much like being the hero of one. Our lives are filled with pain, boredom, and fear. We want to venture into the dark wood, to see the oddities and the beauties it holds, and to test ourselves against them. So we pick up a book of fairytales. The real ones. The weird ones. The dark ones. We see oddities and beauties galore. We test our courage and our understanding. Finally, we put the book down and return to our lives. And hopefully, just like the hero of the fairytale, we return stronger, richer, and wiser. In difficult times—of recession and violence and political bitterness—we long for a dark forest to which we can escape; and from which we can return, better than we were before.

 

Fairytale and Folklore Festival Schedule:

Most of the events require advance registration. We will provide technical assistance as we are able. All times listed are Central Daylight Savings time.

Ongoing

  • Talk about fairytales with other readers at our weekly Fairytale Book Club on Fridays in June and July, starting June 12th. (10 am)

Tuesday, June 9th

  • Hear author Gail Carson Levine (Ella Enchanted) speak. (7 pm) REGISTRATION CLOSED

Wednesday, June 10th

  • Meet up with other tweens ages 10-12 at our Tween Book Club to talk about Rump by Liesl Shurtliff. (10 am) REGISTRATION CLOSED
  • Create your own Pied Piper shadow puppet show at Seth Eberle’s Shadow Puppet Workshop. (1-4 pm) REGISTRATION FILLED

Saturday, June 13th

Monday, June 15th

  • Create Fairytale and Folklore Festival Crafts. Sign up for a curbside activity pack. We’re including instructions, but if you need help, stop by this online help session. (1-3 pm) REGISTRATION CLOSED

Tuesday, June 16th

Wednesday, June 17th

Thursday, June 18th

Saturday, June 20th

  • Watch The Pied Piper Shadow Puppet Show. (10 am) REGISTRATION CLOSED

Tuesday, June 23rd

Thursday, June 25th

  • Create Fairytale and Folklore Festival Crafts. Sign up for a curbside activity pack. We’re including instructions, but if you need help, stop by this online help session. (1-3 pm) REGISTRATION CLOSED

Saturday, June 27th

Tuesday, June 30th

Tuesday, July 7th

Wednesday, July 8th

Friday, July 10th

  • Learn how to play a few fairytale and folklore-inspired songs on the ukulele at our Fairytale and Folklore Ukelele Sing-a-long, held weekly on Fridays between July 10th-August 28th. (1 pm) REGISTRATION CLOSED

Saturday, July 11th

Tuesday, July 14th

Wednesday, July 15th

  • Storywalk: Beauty and the Beast (3-7 pm, Doodlebug Trail between Peterson Grain and Maple Terrace in Waseca)

Thursday, July 16th

  • Storywalk: Beauty and the Beast (3-7 pm, Legion Park in Le Sueur)

Saturday, July 25th

  • Storywalk: The Yeti and the Jolly Lama: A Tale of Friendship (12-4 pm, Legion Park in Le Sueur)

Wednesday, July 29th

  • Storywalk: Rumplestiltskin (3-7 pm, Clear Lake Park in Waseca)

Thursday, July 30th

  • Storywalk: Rumplestiltskin (3-7 pm, Legion Park in Le Sueur)

Presented by Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System. The Festival is made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Department of Education through a Library Services and Technology Act [LS-00-19-0024-19] grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.