Ready, Set, Read!


photoI’m Storyteller Mary Grace Ketner, and I have plenty of active adventures for your Summer Reading Club!

Run a marathon with me through 398.2 ! We’ll tackle stories of courage and skill and cleverness, winning traits admired by folks long ago and far away as much as here and now.

Yes! Traditional folk tales and fairy tales from fascinating cultures all around the world plot their hero’s journey through these shelves. Let me spin your young patrons some stories to give them courage and confidence and remind us all that our world is composed of diverse human beings who can all be winners.

“The next day my 398.2’s were just flying off the shelves!”–Dawn Burbach, Librarian, Harlingen TX CISD


What are your story programs like?

My sessions consist of folktales, fairy tales and legends shared aloud in the oral tradition. Click on an age range in the menu above to view sample story programs for each age group.

How much do your programs cost?

My fees for summer reading programs in Bexar County and south Texas are here, and I’ll be glad to give you a quote if your library is elsewhere. I’ve posted rates that save you money if  you share my trip with a nearby library.

tca_horizontal_blue_tagI am on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Artist Roster so funding is available to cover up to half of the cost. Read about TCA’s Arts Respond Performance Support Grants.

The grant application deadline for summer performances occurring June 14 or earlier is February 1. The deadline for programs presented June 15 – August 31 is May 1.

MAAA-logo-colorI am also on the Mid-America Arts Alliance Artist Registry; libraries in Arkansas,Kansas, Oklahoma or Nebraska may read about M-AAA grant information  here.

So, what do I do next?

Just let me know!  I’ll answer any questions you may have, and we can set a date!

Write me at mgk at or call me at 210-887-0628.

Read more about me at or enjoy The Fairy Tale Lobby, a fairy tale interest blog which Megan Hicks and I write together.

2016 Collaborative Summer Library Program Themes are:

For children: Ready, Set, Read!

For Teens: Get in the Game: Read

For Adults: Exercise Your Mind: Read

Learn more about CSLP here or watch some recorded activity ideas from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission here.


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