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June 15, 2012

Hayes spins stories for youth at library

DUNCAN — The Duncan Public Library is used to telling stories. There are numerous books for people to read and StoryTime is held weekly.

On Thursday, the library brought in professional storyteller Joe Hayes to spin a few yarns, while entertaining more than 100 children.

For the program, children and parents gathered in the main lobby of the library. Hayes made the program interactive by having the children act out motions or sing songs with him.

“I like that this year’s (Summer Reading Program) theme is ‘Dream Big,’” Hayes said. “I dreamed big when I decided to travel around and tell stories.

“Today, I want to dream big and be like your grandpa. I don’t have any grandchildren. And when I was your age, I didn’t have any grandparents. I thought it would be neat to have grandparents who could tell stories.”

The program was paid with funds from the Friends of the Duncan Public Library. This was Hayes first time to put on a program at the Duncan Public Library.

Library Director Jan Cole said the library was working with the Lawton Public Library to share the cost of bringing Hayes to the area. Cole said both libraries benefit when they do thing together.

“We usually try to work with the Lawton Library,” Cole said.

Hayes told three stories during the program.

The first story revolved around a girl who was raising a garden.

The girl hears a song she thinks would be great to sing while gardening and find the source of the music is a grasshopper.

The second story focused on three newborn birds who go off to seek their parents. The birds know they’ll find their parents based on a song the parents sang while the baby birds were still in their eggs.

The final story was a take on the creation of the Earth.

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