Join the Library for a discussion with author Mark Yaconelli and Library Branch Manager Miguel Ruiz for a special Zoom event to discuss the power of stories to heal ourselves and our communities. 

About the Book

Stories tether us to what matters most: our families, our friends, our hearts, our planet, the wondrous mystery of life itself. Yet the stories we've been telling ourselves as a civilization are killing us: Fear is wisdom. Vanity is virtuous. Violence is peace. In "Between the Listening and the Telling," author and activist Mark Yaconelli leads listeners into an enchanting meditation on the power of storytelling in our individual and collective lives. We tell stories to remember who we are. We tell stories to savor the pleasure of living. Stories can be medicine, and they can transform entire communities.

Through his work with The Hearth nonprofit, Yaconelli has spent thousands of hours listening to people as they grieve loss, deepen friendships, strengthen families, shed light on injustice, and recover hope. In this moving exploration he shows us how individuals and communities can recover the practice of storytelling to address the despair of climate change, the trauma of school shootings, the tragedy of undocumented immigration, and the daily struggle for meaning.

Registration is required. All registrants will receive a Zoom link to the event. 

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Find Your Voice with Summer Reading! Summer Reading is made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Arlington Public Library. For each person that completes the 2023 Summer Reading Challenge, the Friends of the Arlington Public Library will donate $1 to support Educational Theatre Company


Monday, June 12, 2023
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Events for Adults
Author Talk Health and Fitness
Arlington Public Library
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About the Author

Mark Yaconelli is a writer, retreat leader, spiritual director, storycatcher, husband, and father. He is the founder and executive director of The Hearth: Building Community One Story at a Time, a registered non-profit that assists cities and service-based agencies in producing personal storytelling events designed to help communities and individuals deepen relationships and cultivate compassion. Through The Hearth, Mark has produced and led events for The Ford Family Foundation, The Center for Congregations, Asante Hospice Services, The Oregon Department of Human Services, Princeton Theological Seminary, The Church in Wales, and many other towns and agencies across the United States and United Kingdom.

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