Janine has been telling stories for fifteen years around the west. She has appeared in many festivals including the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, Weber State Storytelling Festival, Farmington Storytelling Festival, Scandinavian Festival, and the Salt Lake Film and Storytelling Festival are some of them. She has told stories at schools, libraries, senior centers, the zoo, Children’s museums, Thanksgiving Point and many other locations.
She has taught youth storytellers and coached many kids as they were preparing to take part in festivals. She started a storytelling festival in a local school and she he has also been a storyteller in residence at a Murray school for the past three years.
During the Halloween season, Janine is part of “Ghost Tours” of Ogden where she shares the haunts of the sinners and saints of the legendary 25th Street. The ghost stories told have been collected by local residents who have had personal encounters with ghosts. Janine gets to pass their stories on. Check out the website for ghost story fun: storytours.com
She is also a part time children’s librarian and loves gathering the children on Thursday mornings for storytime. It’s magic to see the children’s faces as the magic of stories read and told roll into their imaginations. One young patron told his mother when she was reading to him one night, “Mom, be Miss Janine when you read to us tonight.”
She has attended many workshops by National Storytellers learning and gleaning from them as she continues to share her love of stories with others.
Janine is married and has four children. Three of her children are off doing great things in the world and her youngest is finishing up high school. Her son was glad to be gone from home particularly during the Halloween season when Mom was always dressing up as witch and even painting herself green.