Tampa/Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival

2018 Featured Teller: Kuniko Yamamoto
Goals and Objectives

Goals and Objectives

  • To renew and promote the art of storytelling for children and adults.
  • To introduce some of the best stories in the oral tradition to children and adults.
  • To develop self-confidence and public speaking skills in children.
  • To involve special populations such as the elderly, the handicapped, speakers of English as a second language, and black communities in the renewal of this art.
  • To better prepare children for participation in the art by providing in-service training in the art of storytelling for recreation leaders, librarians, and teachers.
  • To bring to the Tampa area a festival introducing folk tradition as presented through the telling and hearing of good stories; using the local talent of Hillsborough County.

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Contact Us

M. Falvey
c/o Tampa-Hillsborough County Library
102 E. 7th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
info@tampastory.org
813-204-2659

What the Festival contributes:

County-wide mini-festivals each Spring …

In February and March, children tell their stories at a series of mini-festivals throughout the County. Those children who meet the Storytelling Committee’s criteria for outstanding storytelling are deemed to be Festival Quality Storytellers and are invited to be featured storytellers at the culminating Festival in April. All children who learn stories are awarded a certificate thanking them for promoting the art of storytelling. Those children who are Festival Quality Storytellers are featured at the Festival and awarded gift books and ribbons at that event (approximately 500 each year).

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Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library, Home of the 38th Annual Hillsborough County-Tampa Storytelling Festival: 1505 Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33602

Countdown!

hourglass127 days and counting until the 38th Annual Storytelling Festival is here!

What they’re saying:

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“This [Festival] is a wonderful opportunity to see and hear storytelling at its best by some terrific young talent. Great job Storytellers!”

— Deanna Long, Festival Attendee

In Memory

Virginia RiversThe Annual Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival is dedicated to the memory of Virginia Rivers