Listening in the Dark II: An Evening of Spooky Stories for Grownups is back to scare you out of your wits! Donna Butler and Eddie Whitlock are this year’s storytellers. 

Donna O'Kelley Butler has been telling stories of one sort or another her whole life. Currently, she serves as the Branch Supervisor of the Bogart Library, where she entertains and enlightens hundreds of patrons, school children and teachers with her renditions of folktales, legends, myths and historical tales. In this video she tells “Red is the Rose,” a story based on a Scots-Irish folktale. 

Eddie Whitlock manages the Library Store and coordinates volunteers for the Athens-Clarke County Library. He is author of two books: Evil is Always Human (2012) and POTUS of the Living Dead (2014). A sequel to his first novel is slated for release in 2016. He reads “Possum Baby,” an original short story mixing folk legends and horror.


With the dramatic increase in average life expectancy, many find they are looking at twenty or thirty years of active life after passing “retirement age.” How best to use “the bonus years?” Chuck Brodie looks at the challenges faced when seeking a new perspective on this huge segment of one's life.

Dr Brodie has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois, a license in Applied Psychology and a Certificate in Gerontology from Georgia State University. He has worked at Georgia Perimeter College, the Georgia mental health system, and had a clinical practice in Atlanta and Athens since 1992. He has lived in Athens since 2010.


Dr Bonnie Cramond from UGA’s E Paul Torrance Center gives a slide talk on the subject of creativity, and how we can maintain our creative juices through our 60s, 70s and later. Dr Cramond is joined by a colleague, creativity consultant Dr Alan Black.

Dr Cramond is a professor of Educational Psychology/Gifted and Creative Education at the University of Georgia. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children, director of the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development, editor of the Journal of Secondary Gifted Education, and a school teacher. Currently on the advisory board for the American Creativity Association, she is an international and national speaker, has published numerous articles and chapters, a book on creativity research, and teaches classes on giftedness and creativity.