Karen cooks up a program of folktales, fables, and animal tales to create a fast-paced program of stories for preschool and elementary age children. Children are always eager to taste Karen’s imaginative recipes: a sprinkle of puppets, a dash of sign language, a pinch of music, and ten pounds of wiggles.
Karen enjoys encouraging children to join in the telling, and often invites them up front to help act out part of the story or to join in repeating lines from the audience. Karen is a face painter and with her daughter, Janelle, has combined it with storytelling for a “Go Global” program. As a librarian, Karen does workshops at schools and daycare centers and works with middle school youth in the summer. The “Kids As StoryTellers” share stories they have learned with young children and for their families.
Karen graduated from UW Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She has been featured on Madison TV, “Talk of the Town;" developed a Teen summer program, “Kids as Storytellers”; produced 10 years of “Tellabration,” an international event; and mentored new Storytellers as facilitator of the Monona Storytelling Club. Karen was nominated for the 2009 Wisconsin Lucy Beck Storytelling Award.