Storytelling can be as Easy as Visiting a New City or Exploring an Old One

Storytelling can be as easy as visiting a new city or taking the time to explore an old one can be both educating and exciting and something to share. While theme parks and amusements may be at the center of central Florida’s economy, there are innumerable, enriching opportunities to add to your own story.  Check out Orlando’s award-winning Public Libraries.   With programs for continuing education, arts, technology, media and more, the Orange County (Orlando) Public Library has plenty to offer the wonderer and the wanderer.

For instance, if you’re curious about your family’s beginnings and not sure just where to start, Genealogy 101 – Your Family’s History: Where to Begin will be offered on Thursday, April 4thfrom 11 am until noon at the West Oaks Library. With this introduction to genealogical terms, techniques and resources, you can obtain invaluable information on how to begin your research and write your family’s story.  The library is located at 1821 E. Silver Star Road in Orlando and the program is free!   For more information, reach out to the library via telephone at 407-521-3330 or visit

It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. The coast comes inland bringing a treasure trove of tales in support of the adage.  Storytellers XVII: West of the East Coast Tracksis a new and ongoing exhibit of photographs taken by teenagers living in New Smyrna Beach that documents the African American community. You will find this exquisite collection at Winter Park’s Hannibal Square Heritage Center, 642 W. New England Avenue.  Free admission makes this collection easy for everyone to see.  Contact the Center at 407-539-2680 for days and times.

However you choose to spend your time in the City Beautiful, you’ll undoubtedly go home (whether yours is in town or out) with stirring stories of your own to tell.  For help with honing your storytelling skills, Toastsmasters Orlando Conquerors 1066 meet every Monday evening from 6:45-8:30 pm at Christ Church Unity, on Holden Avenue in Orlando.  Email vppr@tm1066.orgor telephone 407-758-4886 to join and get the back story.

About the Author

Sharon Fletcher Jones is a true Libra, an action-ist, and a budget fashionista.  The Portsmouth, Virginia native is also an employment specialist with Goodwill Industries, a life coach and an associate editor at ONYX Magazine. Stacey’s mom (literally) has got it going on.  Fletcher Jones’ personal mantra is “It’s the dash that counts.”


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