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Bio Sketch

Ron Jones likes to tell people that he grew up on a North Carolina dairy farm in a whole family of storytellers. Being a part of a large family of six children, parents, grandmothers, and extended family members of aunts, uncles, and many cousins- there was always time for a story and a willing storyteller nearby. Among his earliest memories, Ron says, are gatherings on the front porch or in the yard under sprawling oaks listening to stories. Even when wandering around the dairy Ron says he might hear an impromptu story from an idle farmhand sitting on the fence waiting for the cows to amble into the milking barn. So he feels that he comes to his love of storytelling honestly. Ron has been sharing stories and songs with audiences of all ages for more than thirty years. In schools, libraries, and at storytelling festivals throughout the southeast, Canada, and Mexico, he tells traditional and contemporary folktales from around the world- as well as bilingual stories and songs from Mexico.He often involves the audience in participation stories and sing-a-longs with his story-songs. “I believe strongly in the rich oral tradition of storytelling and the common experience it brings to us all” says Jones. With an undergraduate degree in theater, Ron spent several years as an actor touring with various theater companies on the east coast. After earning a Masters Degree in Library Science, he spent over twenty-two years with the Wake County Public Library System in Raleigh, NC as a children’s librarian and library administrator. During that time he developed systemwide programs for youth, founded and coordinated one of the longest running storytelling festivals in North Carolina, and taught storytelling at Meredith College in Raleigh. Upon leaving Wake County Public Library Ron became the Youth Services Consultant for the State Library of North Carolina in the Department of Cultural Resources. During that time he worked with libraries, schools, and other organizations throughout the state in improving library programs and services to the youth of North Carolina. He retired from the State Library in 2000 to pursue storytelling and writing full time. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the NC Public Library Director’s Association. He received the 2000 Emerging Artist Award from the Durham Arts Council, and was awarded THE ORDER OF THE LONG LEAF PINE by Governor James B. Hunt, III. Ron has been an active member of the local, state, and national storytelling communities. As a founding board member and past president of the North Carolina Storytelling Guild, he has worked closely with other storytellers throughout the state to promote and support storytellers and the art of storytelling. He served for five years as the NC Liaison to the National Storytelling Network in Jonesborough, TN. Ron is currently touring STORIES BY THE BOOK, a program for adults with eight original stories focusing on the power and impact books and reading can have on our lives. In 2005 Ron released his first CD of stories and songs for children entitled I’d Rather Be a Dog…and Other Stories. His newest CD- DO TELL!…Cabin Tales from the Mountainside has just been released. He continues to write and perform at festival, libraries, and events around the country.

Performances

Ron has performed throughout the southeast, in Canada and in Mexico appearing in various venues:

  • Schools & Libraries througout the southeast
  • Festivals throughout the southeast
  • NC Museum of Art, Raleigh
  • Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC
  • Baker’s Dozen Festival, Columbia, SC
  • Arts Center, Provincetown, MA
  • Toronto, Canada Storytellers’ Guild
  • ImaginOn, Charlotte, NC
  • NC Storytelling Guild
  • Biltmore Inn, Asheville NC
  • Oaxaca, Mexico

What audiences say about Ron Jones’ storytelling

  • “That was the coolest, I really liked the part where the frog jumps across the river!” Jason, 3rd Grade
  • My favorite part was the song…I’ll be singing that song about the dinosaur all day!” Devon, 1st Grade
  • “That story really made me jump…I really yelled…it was great!” Kisha, 5th Grade
  • “I have never seen anyone keep the children so enthralled!” Peggy, Librarian
  • “You made me cry!…and made me feel like a child again too. Lovely.” Sofia, 81 years old

Telephone Interviews

Ron is available for interview by phone with prior notice. Call (919) 286-7996 to arrange a telephone interview.

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