Early Childhood Programs
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Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi finds the experience of sharing stories through the spoken word to have a profound power to enlighten and educate. Her eclectic mix of literary tales, myths, and folktales enables her to tell stories to all manner of audiences, both young and old, at conferences, in libraries, churches, retirement homes, and at festivals. Some of her programs for adults are listed below.
Under A Celtic Moon: An Evening of Irish Stories
A midnight ride on the back of the pooka that leads to an unforgettable evening and a farmer that confounds the superiority of his employer are just two of the stories from this magical evening of traditional and not so traditional Celtic tales about love, death, marriage and luck.
Agnes Malone and Friends: The Wit and Wisdom of Irish Mothers
Their wit and wisdom sparkles in Lorraine’s original tales of Irish grandmothers, sex education and Christmas fruitcake! Join her for an evening of humorous stories that take a light-hearted look at mothering and childhood confusion!
Storyteller Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi comes from a long line of Irish mothers famous for their ambiguous advice and peculiar insight.
Lorraine uses a combination of literary and original tales to take you on a journey into the classroom and beyond. Kindergarten calamities, Catholic school memories of less than traditional nuns and the wisdom of children are combined in this lively collection of tales about learning and life.
"Lorraine, thank you so much for sharing your storytelling gift with us this Lenten season. You’ve done a fabulous job making our chosen themes comes to life with your thought provoking stories. People have loved them and so have I."
Rev. Dr. Marie Sheldon, Associate Pastor.
New Hackensack Reformed Church
"Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi's expressive face and gestures season the words and sounds of her stories. She is mesmerizing. The energy she generates with an audience is perceptible, it warms and fills the space, as does the laughter and the smiles it produces. She's remembered well by our audience. We've been pleased and privileged to have her as a storyteller at Story Sundays at the Glen Sanders Mansion, Scotia, NY."
Joe Doolittle, Producer,
Story Sundays, an adult storytelling dinner series, Scotia, NY
“Agnes Malone is a gem! You’ll love her, and Lorraine’s madcap telling in this original tour de force that will capture your heart and touch your soul.”
Story and Art Programs
Reference/Information Services Librarian.
New Milford (CT) Public Library
Stories touch the hearts of adults as well as children. In these workshops, participants use the images in a story to create a piece of art that expresses personal connections with the story. Making art in this way eases stress, creates community and allows for individual expression that can develop a more creative response to other aspects of daily life.
This program was originally funded in part by the Dutchess County Arts Council. The library liked it so much that they continued it.
A Mother's Quest - A Story Inspired Artful Journey
A collaboration of Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi and
As Lorraine tells this journey tale from Scotland, workshop participants engage in expressive gestural drawing techniques to create images for their books. The enchanted world of magical music, fairies, harps, and feather capes provide a rich vocabulary of images for workshop participants.
A double accordion book format allows for many variations and innovations in the visual retelling of the story. Each book reflects story elements of particular resonance for its maker. Each book offers a unique and intriguing world to explore. What delight it is to make art in community.
"We could play forever here." Karin Lempke
"It's creative. I was so absorbed I forgot where I was." Angela Balletto
Guardian Spirit Dolls
Unwind with a good story and connect with your creativity. Storyteller Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi will help participants craft a unique guardian spirit doll based on images from an ancient Japanese story about generosity and compassion. Lorraine will provide the doll?s form for participants to stuff and embellish with lace, buttons, string, ribbon and yarn. Participants are encouraged to bring similar materials from home to create an individual piece of art that has personal significance.
"This summer, the young adults who participated in the summer reading program at
Sunshine Hall Free Library in Eldred, and their families, had the pleasure of attending Lorraine's Guardian Spirit Doll workshop. Lorraine is an engaging and animate storyteller. But, more importantly she's lots of fun! Her audience included participants from ages five to fifty-five. Age didn't matter. Everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly and learned new ways to "Express Yourself @ your Library". "
Librarian, Sunshine Hall Free Library, Eldred, NY