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The rich art of storytelling returns to multiple venues in Evanston with the third annual Evanston Public Library Storytelling Festival the weekend of Oct. 6-8.  Five nationally known storytellers will entertain audiences with true and imaginative tales during this free event that is open to all.

Young, locally grown storytellers from School District 65, Evanston Township High School, and Northwestern University also will take to the stage and add their unique voices.

“Sharing stories like this brings us together, celebrating the diverse perspectives and expectations of the entire community,” says Karen Danczak Lyons, director, EPL and co-director, Evanston Public Library Storytelling Festival. “Listening to stories takes us to places we’ve never been, inspires us with new ideas, moves our hearts, and acquaints us with people from beyond our own circles. We appreciate people in new and deeper ways once we’ve heard their stories.”

The festival begins Oct. 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Storytelling Tent, with stories from all five of the featured storytellers. Susan Stone, founder and co-director of the EPL Storytelling Festival and a professiona storyteller, will introduce the storytellers.

“Stories can help us to understand what it feels like to walk in someone else’s shoes,” Ms. Stone says. “Come with an open mind and you’ll leave with an open heart. Everyone who attends will be entertained and enlightened.”

The storytelling events continue on Oct. 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Oct. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. They will be held at downtown Evanston locations in addition to the Main Library, including the Storytelling Tent (in the parking lot east of the Library), the Celtic Knot, The Woman’s Club of Evanston, Hyatt House Evanston and Bookends and Beginnings (1712 Sherman Ave.).

The complete festival schedule can be viewed at epl.org/storyfestival.