Greylock Storytime Guidelines & Logistics
Our Greylock StoryTime guests are Williams students who have volunteered to share their personal and diverse stories with our seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students. The audience can have as many as 50 – 75 students. We partner with Williams’ Story Board to recruit our speakers. This campus group organizes and hosts student storytellers every Sunday evening at 9:00 pm in Paresky.
We host StoryTime during the Directed Study period that falls during Block 7 in our school day. It is a 30-minute period (12:19 pm – 12:49 pm), so you should plan your talk accordingly. We ask that you prepare a 20-minute story, leaving a few minutes at the end for students to ask questions. (We will work together to confirm a date.)
This year, our gatherings take place in the “pit” of our school library. This is a sunken, lower level of the library space, and we set up chairs for our audience.
We have a podium and a screen for those who need it, as well as access to the Internet for slideshows, though many choose to go without. With your permission, we do video record each StoryTime with the help of our friends at WilliNet, Williamstown’s public access station. Your story will be featured on WilliNet’s webpage and local channel.
We welcome all kinds of stories! Remember that your audience is younger and looks to you as a role model. One of our missions is to bring diverse experiences and voices to our students in order to expand their developing perspectives. It’s a great idea to practice your story before sharing it with us. If you’d like any feedback prior to your visit, you are welcome (but certainly not required) to share your piece with Liza Barrett, middle school English teacher and faculty StoryTime coordinator. Email address: [email protected].
***IMPORTANT – Please send along both a TITLE for your Story as well as a brief, one-line description as we use this for our publicity in school two weeks prior to your visit. Send this along to both [email protected] and [email protected].
CONTACT & TRANSPORTATION
If you are driving yourself, you should allow 10 minutes for travel to the school as well as additional setup time once you arrive. Please arrive no later than 12:00 if possible. If you need a ride, transportation is arranged with Jessica Dils, the Williams Center at Mt. Greylock’s Fellows Program Coordinator.
Email address: [email protected] Phone: 413-884-4319
Thank you for joining us! We look forward to hearing your story…
Watch some past Stories below:
Eli Cytrynbaum ‘20 “My Personal Philosophy to Spread Kindness”
Melanie Subbiah ‘17 “My Summer at FaceBook”
Anne Johnston, Firefighting
Max Harmon ‘18 “Hiking the Appalachian Trail”
Gabby Markel ’18 Alaskan Animals 101
Diego Gonzalez ’18 From Pong to Reality
Anna Kim ’19 Finding Your Fire in the Stream of Life