• About

    Stories form the basis of many forms of human expression - the novels and memoirs you read, the music and spoken word you listen to, the online games you compete in, and the plays, movies & TV you watch. Even our social media profiles recognize our posts as our story! And you most certainly have more stories within you -- stories unique to your experiences that have formed your perspective, and your library has created a program to encourage you to share them.


    The Evolution of Storytelling Project (ESP) will give you a safe space to develop a strong voice so that you can craft and share your own stories. It will give you a stage for storytelling in a variety of ways, a variety of skills & techniques to share your own stories and opportunities to practice intentional listening to appreciate those of others. #OwnVoices #TellYourStory


    The ESP is an out-of-school program offered by the Mono County Libraries, funded through the Shared Vision Grant by the CA State Library.

    The Delivery

    Workshops & GrabNGo Kits

    Given the remaining challenges to host in-person youth programming for public libraries, we plan to make the ESP available to you in the form of lending programs and GrabNGo kids, like the #MonoJournalBox. Scroll down or click on the "Supporting Your Stories" section to how to participate.



  • Story Mediums

    Media comes from the word medium; in fact, it simply means more than one medium, or pathway. In this sense, medium simply means a channel of communication, or the way in which an idea (or story!) is shared.


    Humans have been telling stories since we were dwelling in caves. We spoke in verse to memorize, relate, inspire -- even to conspire. We painted and drew to illustrate these same stories. We developed the capacity to write down these stories, only to eventually animate them through digital technologies. Humans have never stopped telling stories; rather, the medium in which they are told continues to evolve.

    Spoken Stories

    Humans have been telling stories since they could talk. Whether the stories were as trivial as tribal gossip or as profound as an explanation for how the world was made, humans have told each other stories in order to make sense of how we got here and how we should live.

    Illustrated Stories

    Hieroglyphs, petroglyphs and cave paintings are the oldest records that we have of human storytelling. And our love for images remains: many modern stories are told with a combination of words and images.

    Written Stories

    Did you realize that humans have only been reading and writing on a large scale for the past 200 years? It was only with the introduction of the printing press in the 16th century that written stories became a medium used often by humans. From pamphlets to newspapers, magazines and books -- we've become hooked!

    Digital Stories

    Digital storytelling is the biggest thing to happen to storytelling since we developed the written language. From digital photography to CGI graphics, technological developments in the past decades has forever transformed the way we tell and encounter stories.

  • Supporting Your Stories

    The main point of the Evolution of Storytelling Project is to amplify teen voices, so we want to make sure we can support you in anyway possible. This might include supporting a classroom project, forming an after-school club or just getting you the supplies you need to start to #tellyourstory.


    Check out the menu below to see which type of storytelling you're most interested in. You're welcome to participate in as many ways as you'd like. As we are pivoting to make these opportunities available to you for the entire year, all programs below should be available to you by October 15.


    Spoken Stories

    Available now!

    • Workshop Recordings Below
    • Rodecaster Recording Equipment -- with 4 mics & headphones, & Macbook Pro

    Recorded workshops on Spoken Word and Voice Projection are available in the Spoken Stories section below. Profression-grade equipment is available for teachers to borrow for classroom projects -- reach out for an orientation session to be trained on how to use it (cdevine@monocoe.org).

    Click here or check out the video below to get an example of what this might look like (video is in both English/Spanish; subtitles can be added using YouTube's cc feature).


    Illustrated Stories

    Available Oct. 15

    • Workshop Recordings Below

    Have a message you'd like to share at your school or around town? Zines are a great way to get your opinion out there. Maybe you've heard about them from Moxie (a YA book turned Netflix movie). If you haven't watched or read it yet, check it out.



    Pick up supply-kits for these hands-on Zine Workshops at your local library or school library. Any questions? Feel free to text or email Carissa, your Youth Librarian (760.965.6679; cdevine@monocoe.org).

    Star-fold Zine - Blackout Poetry


    Sewn-binding Zine - DaDa/collage



    Written Stories

    Available Oct. 15

    • Written Stories Series - #MonoJournalBox

    Pick up your own #MonoJournalBox at your local library or the MHS library. Each box contains supplies to get you journaling! Scroll down to learn more.

    Looking for some guidance? Follow @MonoLibraries395 for journaling shorts from your youth librarian, or check the playlist compilation here.



    Digital Stories

    Available Nov. 1

    • iPad Pro & Apple Pencil Lending Program

    Did you know that you can borrow an iPadPro & Apple Pencil from your local library to create digital art? Each iPad includes a variety of Adobe apps and is already signed in to the Creative Commons subscription, so you can get started right way. The catch? You can only use them in the library at this time. The perk? You can easily save & share any of the work you create via Airdrop or email.



  • Spoken Stories: Example Recording

    Below is an example of a recorded oral narrative. This style mimics the approach that Story Corps has taken, a non-profit organization that aims to capture the voice of Americans by recording, sharing and archiving their stories. Mono County Libraries now has its own equipment to start its own local stories projects.  We'd love to connect you with it -- whether that means lending it to a classroom for a school project or starting a local project to capture more of these stories. 
  • Spoken Stories Series:

    Workshop Recordings

    All three recorded workshops in this series are available below. The workshops are interactive, so be sure to press pause and participate when prompted to do so. Any questions -- don't hesitate to email your youth librarian, Carissa (cdevine@monocolibraries.org).

    Workshop I - Spoken Stories: Now & Then

    You'll be prompted to interact during this recorded workshop. You can find the links to the interactive platforms here:

    Share what you took away from Christian Garland's story-slam, My Grandfather's Shoes on Padlet.

    Verse Recall Jamboard

    Excerpt Recall Jamboard

    Spoken Stories Menu

    Use this menu-board for ideas on how you can get started creating your own Spoken Story (you can right-click and save the image). You might write your piece first but plan to deliver it out loud. Alternatively, if you're not into crafting your own story, consider investigating the way a folktale or legend has shifted over time -- from its oral origins to its written or digital version.

    Workshop II - Speak the Speech: Elocution, Diction & Projection

    Wanna learn how to use your voice so that you are heard? Check out this recorded workshop with Marcy Murray, a local resident and actress living in Mammoth Lakes, CA. Be ready to pause and interact when prompted to do so!

    Workshop III - The Power of Spoken Word

    Looking for an outlet to share your thoughts? Check out this workshop on Spoken Word, also known as Poetry Slams. Whether you're wanting to improve your rhythmic, vocal delivery or just wanna release your feelings, Spoken Word is a powerful way to share your story with others.

  • Illustrated Stories Series:

    Workshop Recordings

    Mono County Libraries' Makerspace Coordinator and local artist Lori Michelon walks us through a variety of handmade Zines. Pick up supply kits at your local library, find it's corresponding workshop and start illustrating your own stories!

    Star-fold Zine

    A brief introduction to the Illustrated Stories Series followed by the first Zine-making workshop.

    Sewn-binding Zine

    A 20min recorded workshop to walk you through a simple, sewn-binding zine while using some Dada-inspired collage techniques. The theme: juxtaposition!

  • Explore More

    Check out some of the ways you can tap into the power of your voice. #OwnVoices #TellYourStory


    My Honest Poem - Rudy Francisco

    A beautiful example of self-examination delivered in spoken word.

    Brave New Voices

    Spoken word, or poetry slams, have made an impressive comeback in the past two decades. Check out some of the performances from the Brave New Voices collection, the largest youth spoken word collection in the world.


    Storycorps is an independent organization that aims to “preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.” They collect stories by interview, which are recorded and sometimes turned into short animations. Discover more of their stories on their website.


    The Moth is an organization that started 20 years ago, aiming to capture and celebrate the commonality of the human experience through the art of storytelling. Focusing on the personal narrative, the Moth has brought the StorySlam to the stage! Find more stories on their website!

    Snow Tha Product - Bilingue

    A stand-out example of enunciation, Snow Tha Product exemplifies the power of this delivery technique in both English and Spanish in this song.

    The 7 secrets of the greatest speakers in history | Richard Greene | TEDx

    Listen to Richard Greene discuss the techniques used by the greatest speakers in history.

    Emma Gonzalez - March for Our Lives Speech

    As mentioned in the Speak the Speech workshop, Emma Gonzalez has placed herself on the map of powerful, effective speakers. She is a fantastic example of voice from your generation.

    Compiled by Joy Harjo, 23rd Poet Laureate

    Joy Harjo is the first Indigenous Poet Laureate in the US and a member of the Muskogee (Creek) Nation. She reflects, "The poets are the truthtellers. They tell the truth that has roots in the spiritual realms and has roots in the very earth itself, in the original teachings. I always like thinking of a poem like a house, or like a pocket; it can hold time. It can hold many different kinds of time. It can hold the questions we can’t answer. It can hold the grief that we have no words for, and it can hold joy.” Click on the image above to explore the interactive map she helped create in order to celebrate and share native poetry from across the country.

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