King Family Library housing Storytelling Resource Center

Grand opening is April 27
Apr. 21, 2013 @ 08:16 AM

With the prevalence and popularity of electronic devices today, storytelling may not be as prominent as it once was. Nevertheless, the art of storytelling is an ancient one, and everyone from age 3 to 93 enjoys a great tale.

Members of the Smoky Mountain Storyteller’s Association,  concerned that appropriate resources might be unavailable to researchers, asked the King Family Library to consider housing the works.

The library agreed, and the collection is now stored in the third floor of the facility in the Rel & Wilma Maples History Center.

Tim Fisher, History Center Geneologist, says there are approximately 200 titles in the collection, most of which were donated by Jan Headrick, a member of the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association.

Due to the rarity and age of some of the books, Fisher said they are only available for in-house use.

However, guests are welcome to make copies of the material as needed.

The History Center is open daily on weekdays from 9-5, with the exception of Thurs., when the center opens at 10 a.m.

“We’d love to have people come out and look over the collection,” Fisher said.

The library will hold the grand opening of the Storytelling Resource Center on Sat., April 27, from 2-4 p.m. n