ROCKLAND — Have a love story you’re longing to tell? Or one you’d love to hear?
On Thursday, Feb.14, at 6:30 p.m., the Rockland Public Library is hosting a gathering where five minute stories will be devoted to that multi-faceted, messy, and imperfect thing called love. Love cannot be simply defined and the spectrum of love experiences runs far beyond that of romantic love.
Chuck Gifford, Caitlin Schick, and Patty King will be featured storytellers who share their anecdotes at different times during the night. In between, they want to hear tales from others.
Come and share a (mostly) unscripted five-minute story about a person, place, possession, pet, or anything you deeply love (or have loved). Or just come and listen.
Participants are welcome to use notes, if needed.
Contact Patty King at email@example.com, or call her at the Library (594-0310), to sign up to share a story. Impromptu story sharing on the night of the event is also welcomed and encouraged.
C.O.H. Gifford, Jr. was born and raised in Rockland. He is a philomath and melophile and stands by the quote, "If music be the food of love, play on," according to Rockland Public Library, in a news release.
Caitlin Schick is a Midcoast native, and having heard many a well spun tale growing up, holds the traditions of Maine storytelling in high esteem. With an extensive background in drama, creative writing, and performance, Schick currently works with the Telling Room to share the love of story and craft of writing with students in the Rockland area.
She has studied with several master storytellers throughout her life, and uses her BFA and Masters of Education to work with the community in diverse, engaging programs. Her stories are known for delivering hard truths through a quirky sense of humor and a big heart, according to the release.
As a librarian, Patty King is in the business of stories. The library contains not only the stories found in the many books, audiobooks and movies on the shelves, and today, those found on the internet, but also those of the people who walk through its doors.
She believes that sharing stories is essential to the formation of communities, while connecting through our shared humanity.
Rockland Public Library is located at 80 Union St. in Rockland.
This event is free and open to the public.