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Irish Folktale Set For Online Program At Moundsville Library

Judi Tarowsky

MOUNDSVILLE — It’s a great time of year to enjoy a wee bit o’ magic, suspense and humor from the Emerald Isle. Judi Tarowsky will share a very old Irish folktale in a virtual presentation of the story “The Thief of Sloan and the Knight of the Glen.” The Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library will host Tarowsky on the Zoom platform and on Facebook Live at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 22.

The “Thief of Sloan and the Knight of the Glen” comes from The Royal Hibernian Tales, a chapbook, which is said to be the earliest known collection of Irish popular tales. The book is one of the rarer books of Irish folklore. It predates 1825, but the exact date of publication is unknown. Andrew Lang included the story, which features tales within the tale, in his collection of “The Andrew Lang Fairy Books.”

Tarowsky, a local writer, editor and educator with a special interest in history, has been a professional storyteller for nearly a decade. She has been president of the West Virginia Storytelling Guild and also a member of the Ohio Organization for the Preservation of Storytelling. She has performed at numerous venues including the Grand Vue Park Storytelling Festival, The Three Rivers Storytelling Festival, the Arthurdale Heritage Site, the Cockayne Farmstead, as well as libraries and museums. Her repertoire includes historic programs, Appalachian tales, ghost stories, and hilarious tall tales. The common thread is that her storytelling is captivating, heart-felt and well-researched.

The library is offering a variety of virtual events and extra digital resources since in-person programming was suspended because of COVID-19. The Zoom Webinar platform being used for this event will permit the public to join as unseen audience members while the presenter offers an online performance. Find the Zoom link on the Moundsville Library’s Facebook Page or website, or call or email the library. The Zoom webinar ID is: 853 8603 0137. You may also watch the event live on Facebook (a Facebook account is not required) or listen in by phone. Those joining on Zoom will be able to ask questions or make comments through the platform’s Chat or Q&A function. This program will finish in about half an hour.

This online event is free and open to the public and is aimed at adults and children 12 and up. For more information, call the library at 304-845-6911.

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