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Medford, Oregon (June 26, 2020)—Jackson County Library Services (JCLS) will host professional storytellers Alton Chung and Will Hornyak for virtual programs as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program, with the theme “Imagine Your Story.” 


Japanese-Korean storyteller Alton Takiyama-Chung grew up with the stories, superstitions, and the magic of the Hawaiian Islands. This gives him a unique perspective when telling stories from Hawaii, of WWII Japanese-Americans, and Asian folktales. Not only does he breathe life into traditional Asian folktales with sensitivity and deep connection, but he can also touch into the fire of ancient Hawaiian legends and tell them with passion and respect. His programs include: 


Tales from the Far East: Asian Folktales 

Thursday, July 9 from 2:00–3:00 p.m. 


Shivery Tales & Gentle Spookies: Tales of Ghosts and Things that Go Bump in the Night 

Thursday, July 23 from 2:00–3:00 p.m. 


Folktales from Around the World 

Thursday, August 6 from 2:00–3:00 p.m. 


Storyteller Will Hornyak weaves a wide web of beautifully-crafted stories from oral traditions around the world, including American tall talesNative American mythsMexican fables, Russian fairytales, and moreA strong performer with a love for the music and rhythm of language, Hornyak fully engages his audiences in bringing traditional and original stories to life. Hornyak was named Artist of the Year Young Audiences of Oregon and Southwest Washington. 


Hornyak will present “Lifting Up the Sky: Tales of Heroes, Hope, and Wonder for All Ages” on Friday afternoons through July. 


“Storytelling has a quality thateven in a digital format — can bring people together,” said Brystan Strong, JCLS Youth Services Coordinator. “I am thrilled that our patrons will get to hear stories of people, places, and worlds that are different than the ones they’ve experienced or seen, and that in those differences they can also see a little of themselves.” 


These free storytelling programs are intended for all ages. Some of the events will be live Zoom programs, and others will be prerecorded programs available through the JCLS YouTube channel. To register, visit the JCLS online events calendar at or call 541-774-8689. 




Media Contacts: 

Ryan Bradley, Marketing Coordinator |  

Brystan Strong, Youth Services Coordinator |  


About Jackson County Library Services: 

The mission of the Jackson County Library District is to connect everyone to information, ideas, and each other. With 15 branches throughout the county, community meeting rooms, programs, outreach to homebound residents and to childcare centers, computer classes, free internet access, 24-hour online resources, and a staff of experts, library services touch nearly every Jackson County resident. For more information about library services and locations, visit

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