I had a wonderful time spreading some fun & mild chills during several late October events in San Luis Obispo & Santa Barbara Counties; here's a little rundown:
Day 1: Morro Bay & San Luis Obispo Libraries
|The Morro Bay Library, as seen from its parking-lot side entrance|
Right after I was done in Morro Bay, I headed down Highway One to the San Luis Obispo Library. You've got to see the furniture in this Children's Room! To be honest, I didn't even notice it until after the event, when a patron pointed it out to me--but it's great! The couches & benches look like over-sized books--and very comfortable ones, at that. We had a nice-sized group of families and story-loving adults squeezed into a large, cozy corner of the Children's Room, and happy faces all around.
|The SLO Library, and its bookishly-cool furniture.|
"Wow! John Weaver shared some amazing stories at the SLO and Morro Bay Libraries last night...This Bay area storyteller is funny, spooky, and not to be missed. I think the adults liked this almost as much as the kids!"
Day 2: Solvang-Cayucos-Santa Maria
I put a lot of miles on my car AND my vocal chords this day, as I drove down and up and back down & back up between SLO & Santa Barbara Counties for a trio of events! First stop was Ballard Elementary in Solvang--a former one-room schoolhouse that is still small enough to have one class for each grade level K-6. It's a group of just over 100 kids who know each other very well, and work extremely well as a group! We got them all into their multi-purpose room for a storytelling event to coincide with the school's "Character Counts" week--and this is a community of young people who share a lot of wonderful characteristics!
Leaving Solvang behind, I drove back up north to the small beach town of Cayucos. I've spent months down here over the course of my life; my grandparents lived here when I was young, and I love the place enough that I still pay frequent visits as a grown-up. Over the years, I've seen the library move from a small room at the pier, to a former television shop on the city's main thoroughfare, to its new location on the site of the town's elementary school. I was very happy to pay my first PROFESSIONAL visit to the Cayucos Library!
|The Cayucos Library.|
|The Santa Maria Library. Yes, that IS a tree in the Children's Room!|
Day 3: Atascadero Libary
|The Atascadero Library.|
Day 4: SLO Children's Museum & the Arroyo Grande Library
|Several views around the San Luis Obispo Children's Museum.|
|The Arroyo Grande Library, with more of that wonderful book-themed furniture!|
Day 5: Paso Robles Library & Study Center
For the final day of my Central Coast storytelling tour, I got to visit two library facilities in Paso Robles: the main library, and its study center. I told my spooky stories that afternoon to the school kids at the Study Center; this facility is a wonderful opportunity made available near a local school campus, for the city's children to spend time after school & get help on their homework, or just hang out together & relax. I scared this group a little, made them laugh a lot--and then I moved on to the main library!
|The Paso Robles City Library on the top, the Study Center below.|
My first professional visit to this very familiar area for me--and a favorite area of mine--was so much fun, I look forward to the opportunity to do it again. And it does look as though I WILL be doing it again! So if you know of any places in the area you think should host an appearance--whether schools, libraries, museums, zoos or whatever--please let them know about me, let me know about them, and when it happens, let your friends know there is something slightly ridiculous happening on the Central Coast!
|From the Bay News, an article promoting October's storytelling events.|