Season of Story 2018 – 2019

Posting date: Dec. 27, 2016, updated 2018

Season of Story – Ancient Remedy for Winter Blues

5 minute stories

Season of Story events are based on the ancient tradition of telling stories around the fire in the cold, dark days of winter.

Tell a 5-minute story, fiction or non-fiction, or simply enjoy as an audience member. Complimentary refreshments.

Beaverdale Books, 2629 Beaver Ave., Des Moines, IA
7:00-9:00 pm, Nov. 29, Dec. 27, Jan. 24 & Feb. 28
Open to the public
New this year! NO Admission or Entry fee


Northlands Storytelling Network

Two Rivers Story Spinners’ Susan Jellinger

Beaverdale Books

Maureen Korte


Last year’s STORY PROPS (topics)

Dreams, dreaming

Gifts – best/w

Unexpected adventure

Pets – best/worst

Spinner’s Picnic to be held at winery on July 24

The Two Rivers Story Spinners always has a summer picnic every year in July. This year the Spinners will hold the picnic at Nearwood Winery tasting room in Knoxville, IA on Sunday, July 24, 2016. Anyone interested in telling stories or want to find out more about the group is invited to attend. The event is potluck and starts at 4:00pm. There may even be some spontaneous stories told on the stage in Wine Alley! Nearwood Winery is open to the public every Sunday from 1:00-5:00pm. For directions to the winery visit

Book Fair at Barnes & Noble Benefits Children of Incarcerated Parents

Everyone is invited to the annual Ashcraft Library Project Book Fair that will be held at Barnes & Noble in Clive on Saturday, April 9th from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

The book fair is an event presented by the Ashcraft Library Project, a non-profit organization that provides books free to children of incarcerated family members.

When you make a purchase at Barnes and Noble on Saturday and mention the book fair, a portion of the profit from your purchase will bring new books to children when they visit their family member at jails across Iowa. The donation does not add to the cost of the purchase.

Entertainment for the event will include storytelling by The Two Rivers Story Spinners plus student storytellers from Drake University and various Des Moines area schools. Special musical performer, Mike Zahm, will play guitar, harmonica, washboard and spoons. Additional activities include a visit from Tulip the Clown in the afternoon, balloon figures, and a craft table where kids can create puppets and other art objects.

The Ashcraft Library Project is a 10-year-old non-profit organization committed to improving literacy of children pre-K through 8th grade that have incarcerated family members. The organization also supports the 2-4-2 project, a foster care activity between parents and their children, as well as the “What-Did-I-Do” program where children write about having family members in jail.

If you can’t attend the book fair you can still contribute. Your Barnes and Nobel book purchases made online between April 9th and April 14th will also benefit the program. Visit and enter code 11810074 on the payment page.

For more information email Maureen at, Drew Kelso at, or