Upcoming events and trainings

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Upcoming Trainings
When: To Be Determined (Four 3-hour classes over a 2-3 week period)
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Where: Brunner Farmhouse, 640 Main St., Broomfield, CO 80020
Our Chapter’s next storytelling training for new Storytelling Volunteers will be scheduled as soon as possible after COVID-19 social distancing restrictions are lifted. 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. If you would like more information or sign up for the trainings, please contact Wynn Montgomery by sending an email to WynnMill@comcast.net. 

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 GaryandKay13@gmail.com to let us know that you are coming.

NOTE: Until further notice, our meetings will be held virtually (Via Zoom); we still welcome interested visitors. 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 shifted to at-home learning last spring in response to COVID, a few brave souls shared stories using video conferencing and quickly learned that there are significant differences between live storytelling and virtual storytelling, and few of our members were comfortable or competent with the technology required. As it became apparent that volunteers would not be able to return to classrooms even if the students were there. So, the program focused on preparing our members to be effective and comfortable with virtual storytelling. These efforts began with monthly story circles during the summer 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 consists of two 2-hour classes a few days apart. It includes a brief “homework” assignment and gives participants the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned and receive peer feedback. The training is scheduled for September and should ensure that Broomfield Storytellers can 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!
 

Broomfield Council on the Arts & Humanities

Broomfield spellbinders

 Ignite Imaginations  Build Literacy Skills  Strengthen Communities 

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

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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 https://Spellbinders.org.


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.


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


Program Impact: 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