Festivals, Fairs, Schools, Libraries,
Public and Private Events

Travel, lodging expenses (if any)
Determined case-by-case and will be added to the fee on the invoice.

Five 45-60-minute programs: $495 plus travel.
Six 45-60-minute programs: $575 plus travel.
Two schools within easy driving distance of each other can share the six-program fee and travel expenses on the same day.

Up to three 45-60-minute programs: $345 plus travel.
Half-days are not available in all locations.

Block Booking Discounts Are Available

Discounts for two or more consecutive full days are available to multiple schools in the same school district. Please ask about details.

One 45-60 minute program: $175 plus travel
Two programs on the same day in the same library: $300 plus travel.

Festivals, Fairs, Celebrations, Civic Events:
Call or e-mail for fee information

Other Public and Private Events:
Call or e-mail for fee information
Family groups, reunions, Scout groups, birthday parties (parties of all kinds), civic clubs, church groups, retirement homes, nursing homes, mortgage burnings, credit card payoffs, financial bailouts, campouts, shivarees, etc.

Dan's Affordable Fees
Dan Gibson, Storyteller/Banjoplayer
Many thanks to Mary Grace Ketner for permission to adapt this article from her web site.

Storytellers will work with you every step of the way to help you achieve your program's goals as well as to let students enjoy oral literature and the storytelling tradition. Let Dan know if you are looking for stories which support a particular curriculum topic or originate from a particular culture.

Fees are often negotiable, and can include portions of days or special projects. Travel and out-of-town expenses are additional.

Consider sharing the costs by teaming up with other teachers/librarians/schools for a "package deal." This could include performances over one or more days among several grade levels or schools. Out-of-town travel and expences are in addition performance fees.

After you have hired a storyteller be sure to keep the lines of communications open (the storyteller bears an equal share of this responsibility). Call or send a confirmation about a week before the visit to tie up loose ends or give the final schedule and directions or a map with particulars such as where to park or how to check in at your school's office.

Invite other teachers, supervisors and librarians to visit your class on the day the teller comes whenever possible; plan breaks and lunch for all-day engagements.

One proven plan for storyteller visits to elementary schools is to schedule grade level programs in the library. Avoid placing children of vastly different ages together, such as an afternoon kinder with a 5th grade session. The length of each program can vary depending on the ages of the children. K-1 programs are usually shorter than those for 4th and 5th grades.

If at all possible, avoid cafetoriums, cafeterias and gymnasiums for storytelling. The acoustics are usually terrible, and those rooms are too large to foster the "up close and personal" atmosphere in which storytelling works best.

Libraries, music rooms, or spare classrooms (remember those?) provide the best storytelling venues.

Getting the Most
from a Guest Storytelle