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Sylvia Payne
Story Traditions

As a former children's librarian, coming from a public library background, I have planned and presented educational programs for 25 years.   My experience ranges from programs designed for preschool, family, and school age, to adults.   Storytelling workshops are also available.   


Types of programs offered:

  • Multicultural Folktales
  • Teaching Tales
  • Original Family and Personal Stories
  • Historical Stories
  • North Carolina Legends and Ghosts
  • Stories of the Supernatural
  • Stories that Touch the Soul

Other programs may be designed to suit your needs.


  • Creating an original Story
  • Gathering family stories and family history
  • Basic Storytelling

Programs offered through the North Carolina Humanities Speakers' Forum:

  • Passing it On Through Oral Tradition
  • "We have Stories to Tell" - Family and Personal Stories

If you are in North Carolina and are a non-profit organization, you may apply for a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Speakers Forum.   I offer two topics through the Humanities, listed on page 26 in the hard copy, and in the online directory at:   www.nchumanities.org.


"You are a treasure here in Greensboro!   We are so blessed to have a world-class storyteller here working with students.   Thank you for making time to come to McIver this year."
- Fay Schaffer, McIver Education Center, Greensboro, NC

"Thank you for your time and attention to our students.   Your stories and information were a wonderful addition to our multicultural studies...the quality of your stories, research and information is excellent.   It is always exciting to have quality experiences for our students."
- Joanne Sink, Media Specialist, Alamance Elementary, Greensboro, NC

"Thank you for presenting a session at the adult program of this year's 'Young Writers Conference'. The response from the adult participants has been uniformly positive. The session you conducted was a marvelous hit with the parents! Your contributions to making the conference a success are greatly appreciated."
- Trish Goodman, Coordinator, Young Writers' Conference, School of  Education Department of Library and Information Studies, UNCG

"We want to thank you for your participation in our recently concluded institute, Ready to Learn: Kids Need Libraries at UNCG. The Storytelling Happening was a particular favorite among our varied programs, and we all very much enjoyed your wonderful contributions to that evening, including your moving reminiscence about your grandfather. We look forward to future opportunities to enjoy your talents!"
- Drs. Jill Locke and Kitty Smith, School of Education Department of Library and Information Studies, UNCG

© 2004 Sylvia Payne