Have you ever swallowed a Monopoly piece? Have you seen the Northern Lights, or had a spectacular crash on your bike? Maybe you haven’t lived through these adventures yourself, but those who attended the One World, Many Stories event “Firefly Storytelling” on Friday night had a chance to hear about them firsthand from local children who did!

The Office for International Students and Scholars connected with some of the youngest members of our community in collaboration with the Family Resource Center, CELTA and the East Lansing Public Library created Firefly Storytelling. The program, inspired by the famous public radio show The Moth, asked local K-5 school children to tell a story about their biggest adventure. After auditions, fourteen children were selected to present their stories. Check out photos from their auditions here.

Over 100 community members gathered at the library to watch the stories and enjoy pizza provided by the Friends of the East Lansing Public Library. The children’s stories touched on a variety of subjects from swallowing a monopoly piece to losing a beloved pet to trying make it to Christmas through fire, ice and fallen trees. An esteemed panel of judges watched the stories before selecting three winners. Each child received this year’s One World, Many Stories book: “The World is Waiting for You” by Barbara Kerley. The evening was filled with laughter and an appreciation for young children’s storytelling.

This event would not have been a success without the partnership between OISS, the Family Resource Center, CELTA and the East Lansing Public Library. We would also like to thank the volunteers who helped out at auditions and our judges Dean Dr. Stephen Esquith, Superintendent Dr. Robyne Thompson, Mayor Nathan Triplett and Library Director Kristin Shelley. We hope you enjoy some of the great pictures of this event courtesy of CELTA.