Two Bells Storytelling Event
As part of our continued celebration of Black History Month, Chatham Community Library is delighted to host Two Bells storytelling on Saturday, February 24, at 1:00 pm in the Holmes Meeting Room.
Two Bells are husband and wife team Kevin and Tracy Bell from Hillsborough, NC. Their performance promises to enthrall audiences young and old with their interactive tandem storytelling style. In 1999, the couple began telling stories through their children’s ministry, carrying on African and African American oral traditions like Anansi and Brer Rabbit, while creating stories of their own.
As members of the National Black Storytellers Guild and the North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers, Kevin and Tracy gather their inspiration from renowned storytellers such as Willa Brigham and Beverly Burnette. “You can find stories in everything,” Tracy says. “We laugh a lot, and make up stories all the time.”
With careers in education and libraries, Kevin and Tracy use their inspiration and their love of reading keep the African American oral tradition alive and to help children learn the value of their own life narratives. “Everybody has a story to tell,” Tracy says. “We feel strongly that we are supposed to be that pebble that makes that big ripple. I think that we’re compelled to do it, because we know that it does change lives. We know that we have a gift together.”
This event is free and open to the public. Funding for this program comes from the generous support of the Friends of the Chatham Community Library.