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Inside Iowa State
Oct. 18, 1996

Library reading features ghostly tales

by Anne Dolan
The ISU Friends of the Library, in cooperation with Friends of the Ames Public Library, will get a jump on Halloween with a public reading Sunday afternoon, Oct. 20. From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. authors Ruth Hein and Vicky Hinsenbrock will read from their book, Ghostly Tales of Iowa, in the second floor community room of the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave.

At the same time, Beth Horner, a storyteller from Wilmette, Ill., will keep children entertained with "stories to chill your spine and tickle your funnybone" in the library's auditorium, first floor. Both activities are free and open to the public.

Hinsenbrock works as a credit manager for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Decorah. Hein is a retired creative writing teacher, formerly of Decorah and now living in Worthington, Minn. Their book, published by the ISU Press, retells 50 stories collected by the two from all over the state.

Some of the tales are from the duo's first effort, Ghostly Tales of Northeast Iowa, published in 1988; the rest were collected from Iowans who responded to a newspaper ad.

Missouri native Horner, a former librarian and drama instructor, has been a touring storyteller for about 15 years. She draws from a variety of folk and literary traditions and also incorporates music and listener participation.

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