Storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston

Nationally-known storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston is in Pittsburgh for the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival.  She did a free workshop for folks who attend the program The Art of Storytelling for Educators  better known as “the Educators Group.”  The group meets once a month during the school year and has activities around storytelling for and by kids.  The last meeting for this season will be Sunday, May 19 at 3:30pm.

Charlotte’s workshop focused on the different rhythms that can be incorporated into stories.  She had the group clapping a different rhythm on each hand at the same time (!), plus she taught the hambone!  Most of the group could do this knee-slapping jive at 5 mph; any faster and it didn’t sound like the hambone anymore!




Charlotte (4th from left) with participants, including staff members Julie Kant (5th from right) and Kathy Maron-Wood (2nd from left).

About Kathy

Senior Librarian, Children's Dept, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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