The e-stories Project
In 2002 the Enoch Pratt Free Library began to create a collection of live-action, multicultural storyteller performances to be displayed over the web. Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museums and Library Services (www.imls.gov), the digitally captured and displayed stories are available for on-demand use over the internet.
Stories from many storytellers of national and regional renown have been taped and edited. Representing diverse cultures including African, African American, Appalachian, Celtic, Chinese, Indian, Iranian, Irish, Jewish and Native American the stories may help provide insight to other cultures.
The stories can encourage reading related activities in young children which increase verbal skills. Library staff works closely with schools, day care centers, and community programs to encourage children to come to the library. We have developed a variety of special programs for children that are geared toward exciting their interest in reading and learning. Storytellers - especially those specializing in folk tales - have been one of our most popular and effective programs.
The e-stories project connects this rich oral tradition to the internet. Making the stories available on the web will expand community access to an activity that was once confined to in-person performances by providing stories on-demand through computer technology and can reach a broader diversity of people throughout the state of Maryland and the world.