Grove, Okla. — Friends of the Grove Public Library invite everyone for a special speaker, Greg Rodgers, Choctaw storyteller, at their annual meeting Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 1:30 p.m. at the library.
A member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Greg is a burgeoning writer and storyteller. He is an alumnus of the University of Oklahoma's Native American Studies Program where he was mentored by Tim Tingle, professional storyteller. An accomplished Native American flute player, Rodgers has performed and presented workshops in schools, libraries, and tribal events around Oklahoma.
The Ghost of Mingo Creek, Greg's first book, was recently released. It is a collection of eight spooky short stories based on legends from throughout Oklahoma. "These spooky Oklahoma tales, told by a masterful storyteller, will delight and titillate readers of all ages. A surefit hit!" according to award-winning author, Rilla Askew.
Greg is a descendant of Rev. Israel Folsom, a co-author of the first Choctaw dictionary and prominent Choctaw leader in both Mississippi and Oklahoma during the 1800s. In between the writing, telling, and collecting of stories, Greg serves as a newly elected board member for both the Oklahoma Choctaw Tribal Alliance and Territory Tellers, the Oklahoma state storytelling organization.
Greg's storytelling repertory includes both traditional and contemporary Choctaw stories, family stories, and travel stories from the year he spent in Prague teaching English. He has also
studied the craft of storytelling with nationally respected and acclaimed Appalachian master storyteller Elizabeth Ellis.
The meeting will begin with a short business meeting of Friends of the Library. The program will follow the meeting immediately. Following Greg's presentation, he will autograph books and talk with attendees. Holiday refreshments will be available for all.
The Grove Public Library is on the east side of Grove just off Shundi Drive and is the second building behind the new Grove Post Office.