Once Upon A Time …

Folklore and folk stories, including fairy tales, often reflect the society and times in which they were written, and can change with time and geography. However, the themes in these stories remain relatable even as the details differ, and there’s always something to be learned, as the story tellers leave their mark in the lessons they offer.

Katie Spires is a UUUtica member who is currently a librarian at Utica College. She has always loved books and stories, and has spent time learning about the history of folklore from various countries, including Germany, France, and Japan — where she lived, learned, and taught for four years.