Newsletters & Impact stats

To learn more about the Broomfield Spellbinders program, click on the following to read our latest newsletters:​

March 2020

April 2020

May 2020

June/July 2020

​August 2020

September 2020

October 2020

November 2020

December 2020

January 2021

February 2021

March 2021

April 2021

May 2021

Program Impact 2020-2021: Each year Broomfield Spellbinders® Storytelling Volunteers take the time to ignite imaginations, build literacy skills, and strengthen our communities. For the school year of 2020-2021, our ability to share stories was severely restricted by Covid-related restrictions on entering school classrooms and senior facilities. Here are the statistics, which are far below past years as you can see from the 2019 stats listed below:
14 Active Storytelling Volunteers + 11 who were inactive during Covid
12 Schools Visited
34 Classrooms Visited
5,588 Total Audience Reached

​Program Impact 2019-2020: Each year Broomfield Spellbinders® Storytelling Volunteers take the time to ignite imaginations, build literacy skills, and strengthen our communities. For the school year of 2019-2020, here are the stats:

27 Storytelling Volunteers

18 Schools Visited
120 Classrooms Visited
24,124 Total Audience Reached

Broomfield spellbinders

 Ignite Imaginations  Build Literacy Skills  Strengthen Communities 

chapter LEADER: KAY LANDERS​; lead Trainer: Wynn Montgomery 


Broomfield Spellbinders is a program of the Broomfield Council on the Arts & Humanities (BCAH). It is part of a Statewide network of similar organizations dedicated to sharing and preserving the ancient art of oral storytelling. For more information about Spellbinders, please visit

For more than 10 years, our Spellbinders® Storytelling Volunteers have shared stories with school children and seniors in adult care facilities. While Broomfield itself does not have a local school system, we share stories in schools and other venues in the City of Broomfield and many neighboring communities-Erie, Lafayette, Northglenn, Thornton, and Westminster. Our library in the Brunner Farmhouse contains a wealth of storytelling materials and is available to our storytellers to add to their "repertoire." To "meet" some of our storytellers and hear a sampling of stories, please visit these YouTube channels: “Spellbinders-Broomfield” and “Wynn Montgomery” (Pop Tales).​ The "Compendium of Favorite Stories" provides descriptions and sources of our tellers' typical tales.

Broomfield Council on the Arts & Humanities

​FRONT ROW: Kay (Leader); Janis; Sheila; Ellen
BACK ROW: Denny; Kathy (Librarian); Tom (Historian)
NOT PICTURED: Cathy (Spellbinders Council); Wynn (Lead Trainer)

Upcoming events and trainings

Upcoming Trainings for Storytelling Volunteers
When: August 16, 19, 23, and 26
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Where: Brunner Farmhouse, 640 Main St., Broomfield, CO 80020

This training for new Storytelling Volunteers is tentatively scheduled in the belief that COVID-19 social distancing restrictions will allow small gatherings by August. Weather permitting, we may move the sessions outdoors. If you would like more information or sign up for the trainings, please contact Wynn Montgomery by sending an email to

NOTE: While all four days are required to complete the course, we are usually able to make alternate arrangements if you must miss a single class. . 

Monthly Meetings
When: 3rd Friday of the month (no meetings in June, July, or December)
Time: 12:45 p.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Brunner Farmhouse, 640 Main St., Broomfield, CO 80020

The Broomfield Spellbinders® Chapter helps support and encourage our members in the art of storytelling, by planning fun monthly meetings with time for fellowship, shared stories, and ideas as well as help in becoming better storytellers. We would love to have you join us for our monthly meeting and meet our Spellbinders® community! Before your first visit, please email our Chapter Leader Kay Landers at to let us know that you are coming. If you would like to join us, contact either of the members whose e-mails appear above.

Recent update: Members of Broomfield Spellbinders thrive on face-to-face interaction with young listeners—seeing their faces light up as they experience the joy of oral storytelling and being greeted like rock stars when they enter the classroom. After the schools' response to COVID prevented our presence in classrooms, a few brave souls shared stories using video conferencing and quickly learned that there are significant differences between live storytelling and virtual storytelling. So, the program focused on preparing our members to be effective and comfortable with virtual storytelling. These efforts began with monthly story circles in 2020 that allowed members to meet with other storytellers (via Zoom) to share stories and get feedback. Working with other Spellbinders organizations, Broomfield’s chapter leaders developed a four-hour training session that focused on how to adapt techniques and stories to address the unique aspects of virtual storytelling. This training consisted of two 2-hour classes a few days apart. It included a brief “homework” assignment and gave participants the opportunity to demonstrate what they has learned and received peer feedback. The training ensured that Broomfield Storytellers could continue to support local teachers by sharing stories with their students using the available technology until life returns to normal. Like everyone else, we hope that will be very soon!