About Valerie Kimble

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”

– Joan Didion

Valerie Kimble has told stories in schools, libraries, churches, treatment centers, day care centers, Head Starts, senior centers, performing art centers, and festival stages to audiences of all ages for over 40 years. As part of a storytelling delegation to Egypt, Valerie told stories at the Library of Alexandria. She has told stories at storytelling festivals, with 2023 performances at the Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival in Stroud, Oklahoma and the Texas Storytelling Festival in Denton, Texas. Valerie is a long-time member of the Territory Tellers of Oklahoma, the Tejas Storytelling Association, the National Storytelling Network, and a founding member of Word Weavers.

She has done storytelling trainings for the Pioneer Library System, the Oklahoma Library Association, the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies, and the Heart of Texas Storytelling Guild. Born in New York City, Valerie came to Oklahoma to attend college and library school. She never left. Most recently, she traveled the state doing demonstration storytimes and training rural librarians for FOLIO (Friends of the Library in Oklahoma).