Storyteller Harlynne Geisler
858-569-9399 storybag[a]
Storytelling in San Diego, Southern California, and the World
Especially Storytelling in Libraries in San Diego County


Click here for A LIST OF HARLYNNE'S SHOWS (but you can request special shows or workshops to be designed for you.)


Beverly Hills Library Family Storytelling Festival
Huntington Beach Library Carnival of Folk Tales
Big Bear Lake Library
Covina Library
Heritage Park Library, Irvine
La Habra Library
Los Angeles Public Library, 630 W. Fifth Street
Mission Viejo Library
Orange Public Library and its El Modeno branch
Pasadena Public Library
Placentia Library
Pomona Public Library
Redondo Beach Library
Santa Monica Public Library
South Pasadena Public Library
Upland Library
Yorba Linda Library
San Diego City Public Library System [26 branches]
San Diego County Public Library System [all branches]
La Costa Branch , Carlsbad City
Chula Vista Civic Center Library
EastLake Library, Chula Vista
Coronado Public Library
Escondido Public Library, National City Public Library
Old Mission Branch , Oceanside
Albuquerque, New Mexico [9 branches]
Austin, Texas [6 branches]
Illinois [7 cities]
Sacramento Public Library
Tucson, Arizona [2 branches]
Oceanside Library Family Sleep-over
READ/San Diego's Celebration of Literacy

WITH EVERY BOOKING YOU CAN RECEIVE: fliers, word searches, coloring pages, small color poster, bookmarks, and press releases designed for your library. Just ask!


Delicious Shivers: How to Find, Learn, and Tell a Spooky Story Innovative Programming for Children and Young Adults class, San Jose State University
Delicious Shivers: Spooky Stories California Library Association Annual Conference
Facing the Censor: Challenges from the Community and Conflicts from Within Children's Services Committee Metropolitan Cooperative Library System
Getting Kids Involved: Participation Stories for Children, Decatur Public Library, Illinois
The How and Why of Porquoi Folk Tales California Media and Library Educators Association conference
How to Plan, Prepare, and Put on a Problem-Free Preschool Program San Diego Public Library
Storytelling for 8-12 Year Olds Metropolitan Cooperative Library System


Harlynne Geisler is the definition of a professional storyteller. She thoroughly researches the sources of her stories so that you know that you will be hearing the authentic tale. Her repertoire is astounding, and she will surely fit the story to your group.
Harlynne tells stories to children, young adults, adults, and seniors. She will make you laugh, cry, wonder, and muse. Everyone in your audience will be reached by the magic of Harlynne's voice telling tales and will long remember the images evoked by Harlynne.
Report Card: A with honors. Dr. Caroline Feller Bauer, author of New Handbook for Storytellers

Harlynne Geisler performed "Gross and Gory Stories" at the Pomona Public Library for young adults, ages twelve and up. She told a varied group of ghostly and "deliciously gruesome" tales. I was pleased that she had selected stories from well-known folktale anthologies that can be found in most public libraries.
Her program was superb. Her delivery was dramatic, but not overdone. She had a great rapport with the teenagers, a sometimes difficult audience. The kids were glued to their seats for the full hour.
As the librarian who schedules the performers, it is almost as important to me that the performers be easy to work with as it is for them to be talented. Harlynne was a pleasure to work with. She tailored her program to our audience and needs. She promptly sent her press release biography, and she even printed up an attractive flier which we reproduced and distributed. She arrived with plenty of time to spare before the performance. It was clear that it really mattered to her that her stories be enjoyed.
We fully enjoyed Harlynne Geisler's performance and will definitely schedule her for a return performance! M. R., Supervisor of Youth Services

Two Thumbs Up!! plus seven toes, two raised eyebrows & one BIG smile! Thanks so much for making the sleepover in our library such a special treat and for sharing the wonder, the beauty, and the magic that stories bring to our hearts, minds, and imaginations. C. N., Coordinator, Children's Services, Oceanside Public Library

We really enjoyed your Holiday Stories from Around the World. You had a wonderful variety of tales, and the use of origami and string made your stories particularly visual. I could tell by the active participation of the children that you really had their attention. A. J., Branch Librarian, Encinitas Library

Like a pebble thrown into a calm pool, your stories ripple out into the minds of your adult listeners and beyond. It was an enchanted evening. I had forgotten what magic there is in the spell woven by a master storyteller--the scene setting, the character description, the plot development, and, of course, the lessons and wisdom of the climax--all of which you handle so well with gesture, tone, and voice. E. S., Friends of the San Marcos Library

We have had nothing but rave reviews on the storytelling workshop which you presented to our Pasadena Public Library branch and children's librarians and the Pasadena Unified School Library coordinators. It was a pleasure to hear you, and I am certain that all concerned feel as though the time was well spent, and your message and enthusiastic style will be a springboard for everyone. J. B.

I was very pleased with the size and age of the group who attended your program. At the Himmel Branch, we have no trouble attracting preschool children to our story times and other programs, but once children enter school we seldom see them until they come in for reports and research in the upper elementary grades. Your program was just the thing to bring in those in-between kids! K. F., Children's Librarian, Arizona

Each story was a happy journey that totally involved your audience. Many youngsters that were in the audience became interested in the art and have kept the library busy locating stories for them. L. R., Library Manager, San Diego County Library System

Thank you very much for a very entertaining performance. The children, parents, and the staff thoroughly enjoyed "Woof! Dog Tales from Around the World." I especially enjoyed the folktale from South Africa. You made our summer a real success! M. A., Children's Librarian, National City Public Library

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