Guild brings fun to Dunlap library

Chelsea Peck
Mary Claire Anderson of the Peoria Prairie Storyteller Guild tells the story of Ichabod Crane in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” to Dunlap children Oct. 18.

The Dunlap Public Library hosted a night of spooky and fun tales for local children Oct. 18.

The library invited three women from the Peoria Prairie Storyteller Guild to set the mood for Halloween.

Kay Price, Mary Claire Anderson and Lynn Furness told spooky, funny and interactive stories for about 25 Dunlap area children.

“We love to tell stories, especially during Halloween,” Price said before telling the story of a tiny woman who was haunted by a ghost that wanted its bone back.

Furness told stories of make-believe monsters and had the crowd help her throughout the stories with details such as what flowers a little girl was picking for her mother.

She then played an auto harp and sang songs with the children.

Anderson told the story of Ichabod Crane in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

The children made the sounds of the galloping horse with their hands.

“We get our stories through books,” Price said. “We come to libraries and we look and look through books to find stories.”

Each storyteller had a different way to interact with the children that made the evening fun and exciting.

Price used props like clothing and musical instruments to involve the listeners.

Anderson asked the children to help her make the different noises, and Furness used her auto harp to play music.

The Peoria Prairie Storyteller Guild tells stories to build audience appreciation with diversity and style, according to its website.

“We had a terrible anxiety attack that no one would come and we’d have to tell these stories to ourselves,” Price joked. “We are so happy you all came.”

The listeners left with pictures of scarecrows to color and smiles on their faces.

For more information on the Peoria Prairie Storyteller Guild, visit