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Students present folktales from around the world

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The stories will be told at 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Albany County Public Library.
International students enrolled at the Albany County Campus of Laramie County Community College will present folktales from their countries to the community on Dec. 5 at the Albany County Public Library. The event is free and open to anyone interested in hearing great stories.

The students have shared their stories with students at the Cathedral Home and St. Laurence School and to seniors at the Laramie Care Center. The stories students related represent Cameroon, Saudi Arabia, China, Argentina, Brazil and Korea.
 
“These students are enrolled in an American Culture course,” said Mollie Steinke, LCCC instructor. “They are learning about their host country's culture while they share aspects of their own culture with various audiences. The public can learn about other cultures while my students get a chance to perfect their pronunciation, share their cultures and get the valuable experience of American culture from within.”

Stories from Around the World includes myths, legends and fairy tales from seven different countries, including an Iroquois story from the United States. Students have written down familiar stories that they remember hearing as children, then they created PowerPoint movies of the tales with their voices prerecorded. These myths have been compiled onto one DVD.

“It's hard for me to read in front of other people because I have too much [of an] accent when reading books in English,” wrote Maria Bravo, Argentina, in her reflection journal. For this reason, the prerecorded movies are a change from the way stories were presented to the public last year.

Deborah Kassner, Albany County Public Library children’s librarian, taught the international students about how to read books to young people in September. “She warned the students, 'if you don't feel goofy when you're reading, then you aren't doing it right,' and they took it to heart,” said Steinke. They have used silly voices and other effects to make the stories more interesting. Children's librarians Kassner and Nora Ivers have both been helping to set up this second-annual international event.

Stories from Around the World will begin at 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at the library, located at 310 S. 8th St. Folktales, music and a new ornament craft will be some of the activities at the event. For more information, contact Mollie Steinke at mollie_steinke@yahoo.com.