Storyteller Terry Visger to Perform Twice at the Library

The Pearl Button and Clamming Industry with Terry Visger
Monday, July 8, 10:30 am
St. Charles Public Library

Tales by Terry: Have I Got a Story for You!
Monday, July 8, 2 pm
St. Charles Public Library

On Monday, July 8, storyteller Terry Visger will visit the St. Charles Public Library for two different performances.  At 10:30am, Visger will lead a program geared toward adults on the Pearl Button and Clamming industry.  At 2pm, she will tell stories for children.

Visger’s morning performance is part of the library’s weekly Coffee & Conversation program.  In addition to free coffee or hot chocolate, program attendees will be able to learn more about ‘Clamming,’ a major industry along the Mississippi River from 1890 through the 1920s and beyond.  Fortunes were made by taking ‘clams,’ actually fresh water mussels, out of the river and making buttons out of the shells.  Taking on the role of a clammer’s wife, Visger will share the story of how the mussels were harvested, of the pearls that were sometimes found, and a bit about the button making process.  Following the story, Visger’s presentation will include a talk about freshwater mussels, one of the most endangered species in the United States.

In the afternoon, Visger will tickle the imaginations of children with her delightful telling of folktales, fairytales, and environmental stories.  Visger’s energetic performance will include fun stories, songs, and movement to delight the audience.  Her storytelling will be an activity that will engage the brain, delight the soul, and put a smile on everyone’s faces.

These programs were made possible due to a Library Legacy Grant.  They are free and open to the public.

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