In 1989, Karen Ashton, President of the Friends of the Orem Public Library, was looking for projects to promote community involvement in the Library. Mrs. Ashton had been volunteering at the Library for years, presenting Storytime for preschoolers and helping with other Children’s Library programs. When she saw an advertisement for a National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee, she decided to attend and gather more ideas for stories and programs for the Orem Library.
Now the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival boasts 28,000+ people over the three-day festival. The demand for story instigated the creation of the Timpanogos Storytelling Institute, providing storytelling opportunities year-round. Considering all the work involved with organizing an annual Festival, Karen Ashton commented, “If just one family leaves the Festival and begins to share stories with each other, it will be worth it.”
See the website of the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival at www.timpfest.org.