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Teller Carolina Quiroga looking forward to July 7 library performance

 

Contributed Photo • Storyteller Carolina Quiroga will perform Thursday, July 7, at the Unicoi County Public Library.

By Ty Butler

The Unicoi County Public Library will host bilingual storyteller Carolina Quiroga on Thursday, July 7, at 10:30 a.m. as she performs at the “Ocean of Tales” summer storytelling program for local children and families.

“We’re going to have a party under the ocean,” Quiroga said. “I’m bringing props and there will be a lot of dancing,”

She will also be showing the kids how fish actually talk.

“I show a video where a scientist explains it, and we’ll also talk about why whales live in the ocean,” Quiroga said.

The event is free of charge and guests are simply encouraged to show up and enjoy the award-winning performer’s show.

Quiroga has spent a large portion of her life traveling across the nation to perform at notable events including the Timpanogos Festival in Utah and the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

But the experienced storyteller’s journey to the center stage wasn’t easy.

Born in Colombia, Quiroga said she spent much of her time reading books and attending storytelling workshops before moving to Johnson City in 2012.

“I earned a degree in industrial engineering, but I knew that it wasn’t for me,” she said. “I didn’t see myself in an office or in the industry. But I always excelled in literature.”

Quiroga wanted to pursue journalism, but said that path wasn’t a safe practice in Colombia at the time.

Quiroga would eventually earn a master’s degree in storytelling from East Tennessee State University before setting out to share her stories with others.

“Most of my repertoire is for kids and a lot of summer library programs are geared toward oceans and the ocean of opportunities. It’s something that I really like and I believe there are many things we can learn from things that we take for granted, like underwater species,” said Quiroga.

The storyteller emphasizes the learning aspect of her performances, but also recognizes the enjoyment and entertainment her guests will receive at the storytelling event.

“We’re here to have fun, but we’re also going to learn about the wonderful world that is under the seas,” Quiroga. “Just come ready to have a good time; we all need a break, so this is a great moment to do just that.”

Quiroga’s performance is just one of many events that the local library is set to host — a luau-themed End of Summer Reading Party is also set to hit the streets on Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The party will feature free games as local venders sell arts and crafts along the streets. Children will also have the opportunity for rub away tattoos and other activities to enjoy.

For more information on Carolina Quiroga’s performance July 7 at the library, visit the Unicoi County Public Library and pickup a free brochure with dates and other listings.

Follow the library on Facebook to keep up with other activities and events.

Quiroga will also be in Jonesborough at the International Storytelling Center from Tuesday, July 5, to Saturday, July 9, as part of the “Storytelling Live!” series. For more on her Jonesborough appearance, read https://www.erwinrecord.net/community-news/carolina-quiroga-to-share-latin-american-tales/