"What a joy to host you at our five branches this past summer for our Summer Reading Celebration!  Our audiences were spellbound. "The variety of tales, the incorporation of music, and the opportunity for active audience participation all contributed to a successful and memorable storytelling presentation.  We laughed, sang, and were awestruck. Thank you for sharing your passion for storytelling.  I highly recommend your presentations and am happy to serve as a reference to any interested library staff" Sherri Douglas, Youth Services Coordinator, Anchorage Public Library

“Once again you have treated our library system to an amazing week of exceptional storytelling at 13 of our branches.  Your unique talent for positive, happy fun made your performances the most popular an well - received this year.”  The youth services staff is still talking about your topnotch 4-hour staff development workshop.  They were impressed with the wide array of ideas you presented for engaging children and their families through books and everyday encounters, and how much they could take away both in hand and heart, from the time spent with you.  It was truly an afternoon of meaningful professional and personal growth.”  Cilla Jacobsen, Youth Services Coordinator, Palm Beach County System

"Our enthusiastic audiences started waiting for them to come back the moment they left. Here's the thing about Bob and Liz.  They think that just about everyone they meet is also a storyteller. When they telll you a story they give it to you so you can share it too.  I remember one young boy attaching himself to Bob as he was packing up after a performance. "One more story-give me one more story I can tell."  And while he went about his work, Bob obliged with one more story." Janis O'Driscoll- Division Manager,Programs & Partnerships ,Santa Cruz Public Libraries

"A Joyous Occasion... Phenomenal experience...Masters of their craft...True gems...Best story time EVER...Awesome!" 

Washoe County Library System (Various Reno branches)

"Truly, your gift for storytelling and for connecting with diverse audiences helped to make this an unforgettable summer for us. Many thanks again for bringing your wonderful program to ten of the branches in our library system.  You delighted our families with your highly interactive tales from around the world, always told with such warmth and infectious energy.  Thank you and I hope we'll have the pleasure of hosting you both again."   Pierce County Washington Library System

"Over the top wonderful! Bob put on an absolutely charming and engaging show that connected incredibly well with our multi-age audience.  From babies to grandparents, Bob had everyone enchanted with his delightful stories and music. Bob was the ultimate professional and I would not hesitate to book him again for another fabulous program here on Camano Island.” Mary Jennings - Sno-Isle Washington Regional Library

"Wonderful, fabulous, lively and animated performers who adapted their shows (50 of them) and captured the imaginations of both

 kids and adults."  Patricia Froehlich New Mexico State Library

"The collaboration between Bob and the many North Dakota libraries was spectacular.  Bob is a unique artist who truly loves what he does and shines around children of all ages. He reels the audience into the story and invites them to play a part. He is fun, witty, colorful and full of heart."

 Terri Wilhelm, North Dakota Statewide Summer Reading Coordinator

"One only need look at the faces of children enraptured by the wondrous stories told by Bob and Liz to know what gifted storytellers and communicators they are. Their impact in our schools and in our community is deep and will be felt for years to come in the lives of our children." Dr. Gary Dwyer, Superintendent, Bernalillo Schools

 "From our initial call through to his stay on the Ranch, Bob became an instant friend of Vermejo and a pleasure to work with.  He created a warm and welcoming experience for our guests, sharing thoughtful and relevant stories to a smiling group of all ages.  Bob's use of engaging props combined with his boundless enthusiasm, encouraged participation and kindled joy.  When a celebrity guest requested to meet with Bob the following day for a command performance, he did not hesitate to oblige and rose to the occasion, delivering a thoughtful and enthusiastic performance, exceeding all expectations.  We look forward to inviting Bob and Story Connection back to Vermejo again soon."  Sarah Zwisler- Groups and Events Manager, Vermejo Park Ranch

"The ways in which your storytelling affected all the participants, from school children to the diplomats, to those behind the scenes, will be playing themselves out in untold ways in the future.  Thanks for helping to create such a diverse community."  Mia Monroe, Supervising Park Ranger, Muir Woods National Monument

And one of our cherished favorites - "Thank you for taking us on this great adventure!"  2nd grader on a 'story nature hike'

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A selection of our venues over the years

Libraries

 

Twice chosen as state-wide New Mexico State Library Summer Reading Ambassadors  with visits to 50 community libraries

 

Chicago Public Libraries - 60 neighborhood branches over the course of two Summer Learning seasons

 

Las Vegas/Clarke County Library System multiple visits

 

Anchorage Alaska system- multiple visits

 

Cape Cod - Nantucket, Eastham, Truro, Dennis, Rockport, Gloucester, Salem, Danvers, Linclon, Framingham, Brookline and many more Massachusets libraries.  

 

Puget Sound Washington - District wide performances

in Timberland and Pierce County systems, Sno-Isle libraries, Skagit County libraries 

 

Queens New York systemwide tours - over 40 branches

 

North Dakota state-wide tour

 

Caspar Wyoming Library system

 

10 city tour of Wisconsin libraries

 

San Fransisco CA Public Library system 

 

Monterey County California library system-multiple visits

 

Santa Cruz CA County library system-multiple visits

 

San Jose, Santa Clara County, Alameda, Contra Costa,  San Mateo County California systems

 

Palm Beach County Florida system-multiple visits

 

Rockland, Westchester and Bergen Counties (NY/NJ)

 

Bergen County New Jersey system- multiple visits

 

Salt Lake County Utah system 

 

Washoe County Nevada system 

And many, many more!

 

 

Festivals, Conferences and Special Projects

 

The Neon Museum- Las Vegas Nevada.  

 

Four Corners Storytelling Festival - Farmington New Mexico-

 

Taos Storytelling Festival - Taos New Mexico - Performing and Emceeing the Story Swap for 15 years

 

Knoxville Tennessee Festival of Reading

 

Festival of the River - Kenai Alaska

 

Go Wild Festival - Featured Teller and Story Swap Host

50th Anniversary of Wilderness Act- Albuquerque NM

 

Women's Wellness Retreats - Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

 

National Hispanic Cultural Center family workshop

 

Bread and Roses Festival

 

We Have Stories to Tell- Multi Agency Collaboration, Santa Cruz CA  

 

Vision and Voices - a major collaboration with The National Park Service and UNICEF

 

War Comes Home - Facilitating Big Read Community Conversations in Santa Cruz County as part of California Humanities state-wide project

 

Smithsonian Center for The Book  Ethnic Pen Student Writer's Conference

 

New Mexico Library Association Annual Convention

Camps, Nature Centers, Outdoor Festivals

Resorts and Retreats

American Camping Association -Keynote

Albuquerque NM Chile Festival

Harvest Festival - Corrales NM

Chile Festival-Albuquerque

Sandhill Crane Festival- Albuquerque NM

Pollination Festival- Albuquerque Open Space District

Wilderness Society- 50th Anniversary of Wilderness Act

Kenai River Festival- Kenai Alaska

StillPoint Lodge- Halibut Cove Alaska

Vermejo Park Resort-Raton NM

Festival of the Bird - Rio Grande Nature Center

Festival of the Sea- Pt. Reyes National Seashore

Muir Woods National Monument CA

San Fransisco Zoo

University of California Botanical Gardens - Berkeley CA

Mariah Wilderness Expeditions - Storytelling on the River

Green Chimneys Farm and Outdoor Ed Center

Action For Nature - San Fransisco CA 

Bellingham Washington Parks and Recreation

Ghost Ranch Living Museum 

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