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What happens when you have inquisitive children, one nest cam, several nest specimens, and an old English folk tale? The answer is one lively program that explores how and why birds build so many different types of nests! The Magpie’s Nest is a folk tale about … Continue reading
The Storytelling and Folk& Fairytale Collection in the Children’s Department contains both circulating and historic reference books that beckon children, parents, caregivers, students, and educators. It is a vast resource for anyone interested in a fascinating story. Our department has … Continue reading
Two hundred years ago, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their tales. Two hundred years later, their stories are still being told and retold. With their simplicity, archetypal characters and symbolic meanings, the tales are open to modernizing, parodying, fleshing out … Continue reading
Sometimes I wish dearly that I had more formal education in linguistics. Storytelling is one of those times. Not only does folklore have history and common elements, but it sparks a desire to engage in folk etymology and/or pseudolinguistics.
You’ve heard of Paul Bunyan, but have you heard tales of legendary Pittsburgh super steelworker Joe Magarac?
A big bad…. Pig? Is this some kind of an April Fool’s Day Joke? Everyone knows it’s the big bad WOLF, right? Not necessarily…
If you happen to be captured by a three-headed dev, knowing how to weave and write could save your life.
The title of this new book for grownups is alarming, but it is also authentic. It is a line from a sweet, sad, spooky song in the traditional German folktale, “The Juniper Tree.” The book with the alarming title is … Continue reading