Nielsen Library hosts storyteller Herrera

(03-15-2013)

The Adams State University Nielsen Library will host storyteller and writer, Julie Moss Herrera at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 28, on the second floor commons area in the library. The event is free and open to the public.

Herrera traveled to China in 2008, on a storytelling tour arranged by the National Storytelling Network and People to People Ambassadors. This tour allowed participants to connect with folklorists, scholars, storytellers, publishers and school children in order to collect stories.

Herrera returned with story gifts to retell, but she delved deeper into the culture and meaning of the stories through research, resulting in a manuscript for her book, "Old China through the Eyes of a Storyteller: An Anthology of Chinese Folktales and the Stories behind Them."

Herrera will have sign copies of her book, $16, and will tell stories from her book as well as briefly discuss her trip to China.

Herrera worked for the Alamosa Public Schools as a librarian for 20 years before retiring in order to pursue writing and storytelling. She has been telling stories professionally for over 25 years and has always loved hearing others tell stories, especially her mom and grandmothers.