Sto­ry­teller to visit li­brary

Guest once a fea­tured speaker at Carter Cen­ter

The Covington News - - Local News -

Friends of the Li­brary and the New­ton County Li­brary will present Ron Kemp in the Com­mu­nity Room of the Li­brary at 7 p.m. Mon­day, April 14.

The pro­gram is open to the pub­lic, and re­fresh­ments will be served.

Kemp is a story teller, telling hu­mor­ous tales with a South­ern twist.

He has told for nu­mer­ous churches and civic or­ga­ni­za­tions through the At­lanta area, in­clud­ing the Cal­lan­wolde Arts Cen­ter, At­lanta His­tory Cen­ter, Oak­land Ceme­tery’s Sun­day in the park and the At­lanta Win­ter Sto­ry­telling Fes­ti­val.

He was a fea­tured teller at the Carter Cen­ter in At­lanta for 1999 and 2001 Tellabra­tion and the Roswell Mag­no­lia Sto­ry­telling Fes­ti­val.

Draw­ing from his ex­pe­ri­ence of grow­ing up in a small Ge­or­gia town dur­ing the 50s, Kemp tells his sto­ries with south­ern wis­dom, wit, hu­mor, facts, fic­tions and a few tall tales thrown in for good mea­sure.

He strolls past open fields, fresh steams and barn­yards in his sto­ries. Lis­ten to him and you will be sit­ting a spell on the front porch, in a time be­fore houses had decks and pa­tios.

En­joy a checker game at the nearby gen­eral store and in­dulge in a cookie from an old-fash­ioned glass jar sim­ply by lis­ten­ing to Kemp’s sto­ries.

“Any­one who en­joys a good laugh and a good story will en­joy lis­ten­ing to Ron Kemp,” said Pat Hay­more, pres­i­dent of the Friends of the Li­brary. “We hope ev­ery­one comes to en­joy the evening and help cel­e­brate Na­tional Li­brary Week with sto­ries and re­fresh­ments.”

Kemp was first run­ner-up in the 2001 Sto­ry­teller of the Year na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, held in Miller­sport, Ohio.

The South­ern Or­der of Sto­ry­tellers hon­ored him with the 2005 Seanah­cie Award pre­sented each year for out­stand­ing sup­port of sto­ry­telling.


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