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Meetings
Story Circle meets to share works in progress. Telling only, please, no reading. We alternate locations:

the William K. Sanford Library in Colonie on the 3rd Tuesdays of odd months from 6:00 - 8:00 pm (as of May 1 due to change in library availability);

Pine Hills Branch Library in Albany on the 3rd Wednesdays of even months from 6:15-9 pm.

Since rooms in Albany Public Library branches can only be booked a few months in advance, "(confirmed)" will be used below to indicate the status of those room reservations.

Every even month, from 6:15 to 7:00 in Albany, we have a topic for panel/round table discussion, prior to our regular meeting from 7:00-9:00. In the list below, the facilitator for each meeting is given. Click here for our facilitator guidelines.

Our 2017 Meetings

Tues. Jan. 17
6:30 - 8:30
Colonie - Facilitator:
This is also a business meeting where the finances will be reported and other matters discussed (for a maximum of 30 minutes.)
Wed. Feb. 15
6:15-9
Albany: Pine Hills Branch - Facilitator: Kate Dudding

Tues. Mar. 21
6:30 - 8:30
Colonie - Facilitator:
Wed. Apr. 19
6:15-9
Albany: Pine Hills Branch - Facilitator:
Tues. May 16
6:00 - 8:00
Colonie: Facilitator:
Wed. June 21
6:15-9
Albany: Pine Hills Branch - Facilitator:
Tues. July 18
6:00 - 8:00
Colonie - Facilitator:
Wed. Aug. 16
6:15-9
Albany: Pine Hills Branch - Facilitator:
Tues. Sept. 19
6:00 - 8:00
Colonie - Facilitator:
Wed. Oct. 18
6:15-9
Albany: Pine Hills Branch, Albany Public Library - Facilitator:
Tues. Nov. 21
6:00 - 8:00
Colonie - Facilitator:
Wed. Dec. 20
6:15-9
Albany: Pine Hills Branch - Facilitator:

DIRECTIONS:

The William K. Sanford Library is located off exit 4 of the Adirondack Northway (I-87) at 629 Albany-Shaker Road.
Coming from the SOUTH take Exit 4 and turn left at the ramp onto Wolf Road at the next light take a right onto Albany Shaker Road. The library is the second building on the left on the corner of Maxwell Road and Albany Shaker Road. Drive PAST the library, go 3/4 of the way around the rotary, then turn left into the library's parking lot.
Coming from the NORTH take exit 4, where the road splits bear right. At the light at the end of the ramp turn left onto Rt. 155. At the next light turn left onto Albany Shaker Road. Go through the next light and the library is on the left on the corner of Maxwell and Albany Shaker Road. Drive PAST the library, go 3/4 of the way around the rotary, then turn left into the library's parking lot.

Pine Hills Branch Library is located at 517 Western Avenue, Albany, between North Allen Street and West Lawrence Street across the street from the Police Station on the north side of Western Avenue.

The Honest Weight Food Coop is located at 100 Watervliet Ave., Albany, across the street from Capital News 9. Click here for a map and directions. It has a parking lot.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

It is up to the facilitator to decide to cancel a meeting due to weather. They can consult with Carol Connolly or Kate Dudding if they wish to.

If the facilitator decides to cancel a meeting, they must:
1) Send out an email message via Story Circle listserv (or ask Carol Connolly or Kate Dudding to do it.)
2) Notify the library.

Story Circle members who are planning to attend may call either the facilitator or the library to determine if a meeting is being held.

A Process for Critical Response

To guide our responses to stories told at our meetings, we are using the following coaching method, provided by West Virginia storyteller Granny Sue Holstein. Granny Sue highly recommends it to storytelling guilds for improving and strengthening a tellerís performance.

The Four Part Coaching Process

1. Listening: Close, attentive listening that shows the teller that he/she has complete attention. This is displayed as body language and facial expression that reflects the active listening process.

2 Appreciations: Given only when the teller request them. These can be global (I love the way you tell that story) to specific (You projected that childís confusion so well). Appreciations end when the teller signals that he/she has heard enough.

3. Suggestions: Given only when the teller requests them. Suggestions are notcritiques or criticisms. they offer an idea the teller might want to try (Have you thought of......), note a reaction to the story (I didnít understand the part where.....), or ask a question to clarify a point (Why was the mother so angry?). Most importantly, all suggestions must be positive. The teller decides which to accept, reject or save for later consideration.

4. Wrap-Up: The tellerís opportunity to ask questions of the listeners about the story. (Was that part clear to you?), or anything else the teller might want to know.

An important element of the process is that the teller decides when the process stops. For example, the teller could opt to stop after appreciations, or anywhere else in the process. The teller is in control, assisted by the facilitator. All present must be ďactiveĒ listeners for the process to work effectively.

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