A farewell to March at Seanchai Library

It’s time to kick-off a week of story-telling in voice, brought to our virtual lives by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library. As always, all times SLT, and events are held at the Library’s Second Life home at Bradley University, unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, March 28th: 100 words at a Time

Long ago, Crap Mariner swore an oath to write a 100 word story every day until the day he died. A decade later, he’s holding true to that promise.

Crap MQuirky, witty, irreverent, Crap’s stories will cover any subject that comes to mind. Nothing is off-limits to his razor wit and keen eye for wordplay; nor is any subject  or above having him poke at it, prod it into submission or offer an opinion or observation upon it by way of one of his stories.

Nor is it all about humour, mocking, sarcasm or plain fun. Craps stories can stop you in your tracks as they visit you with  – as Caledonia Skytower says – “a moment of profound feeling and insight, leaving you breathless.”

Tuesday March 29th, 19:00: Echo

EchoCaledonia Skytower reads Pam Muñoz Ryan’s Newbery Honour novel.

Three entwined stories focusing on a magical harmonica, start with the tale of 12-year-old German boy Friedrich, growing up in the time of the rise of National Socialism in Germany. Already an outcast because of the birthmark that disfigures his face, Friedrich discovers the harmonica, and with it, hope for the future.

Two years later, 11–year-old Mike Flannery finds himself in possession of the harmonica, and with it, the opportunity to prevent his younger bother being sent away to a state home by the woman who adopted the boys to suit her own purposes.

In the final story, Ivy Lopez, whose parents are migrant farm labourers. It’s a year after Pearl Harbour, and her family find themselves running a farm after the Japanese-American owners are placed in an internment camp. Forced to attend “Americanisation” schooling, Ivy encounters institutional racism, and also strength and refuge when the harmonica enters her life. But soon enough, her family’s ties to the Yamamotos put them in crisis, and Ivy finds herself keeping what she fears is a terrible secret.

Wednesday March 30th, 19:00: Feeling’ good with Faerie

Spring has sprung, our own resident winged-one is back and she’s feeling good! She’s ready to share that goodness with her friends at the Library with stories from Alice Gray’s compilation Stories from the Heart.

Faerie says, “With the current world events, I think everyone could use a story to make them remember the good in the world.”  Stories include A Perfect Pot of Tea, Encouraging Words, Bouquet, Beauty Contest and more.

Thursday, March 31st, 19:00: Draco! Draco!

With Shandon Loring


Please check with the Seanchai Library SL’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule.

The featured charity for March / April is Project Children, building peace in Ireland one child at a time.

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