How to Participate
ATTENTION: School Media Specialist, Teachers, Youth Leaders, and Parents
Hillsborough County is once again gearing up for its 40th Annual Storytelling Festival.
WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, April 25th-26th, 2020, 10:00am – 4:00pm
WHERE: Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library, located at 1505 Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602 .
Every Registered Festival Quality Youth Storyteller who attends the Festival will receive a FREE book of their choice and a Storytelling Festival T-shirt!
- Featured Teller: Orisirisi African Folklore
- Hundreds of school-aged Festival Quality Storytellers
- Community storytellers of all ages
- Storybook costumed characters
- …and much, much more
- 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, the Spanish speaking and African-American 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 the teachers, librarians and recreation leaders of these children.
- 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’s children and adults, as well as some of the finest storytelling artists in the nation.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: Students – Kindergarten through 12th Grade
WE HOPE YOU AND YOUR CLASS WILL BECOME PART OF THIS YEAR’S EXCITING FESTIVAL
If you are planning to participate and do not have a manual you can view/download the pdf here or Jason Rogers at RogersJM@hillsboroughcounty.org and a manual will be mailed to you. Manuals are free to all Hillsborough County residents.
How you and your students can participate:
1. Lead a group:
Notify Jason Rogers by e-mail if you will be starting a group by providing the number of participating students and a mailing address. Use the attached form for this. A packet will then be sent to you via mail with materials you need for your group.
Use the Storytelling manual for activities.
- Evaluations should all be completed by March 21st, 2020
- Storytellers will be evaluated at schools, libraries or recreation centers. After the children have learned their stories, arrange for a storytelling event at which they will be evaluated. You can plan to make this a small mini-festival within your own school or facility.
- If a child is participating independently (i.e. not in a school setting), the parent may arrange for the child to tell their story and be evaluated by contacting their local Hillsborough County public library’s Youth Specialist.
Evaluators: The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System will provide children’s librarians to help with the evaluating if needed. Contact your closest library for this service. Because of possible scheduling restraints, contact your library early. Other evaluators might be your school’s media specialist, teachers or PTA members. (See Manual p. 22-23: Suggestions for an Evaluation Panel).
Evaluators will need:
- Evaluation Form for EACH storyteller (See Manual p. 28: Evaluation Form, or print from library’s Storytelling website)
- Criteria For Storytelling (See Manual p. 21: Criteria for Evaluation Storytelling)
- Registration and Parent Consent Form for EACH storyteller. Mark the corner box on the registration card to indicate those children who have met the storytelling criteria and have been judged to be a Festival or Ambassador Quality Storyteller.
- Invitation Letter to be sent home to the parent if the child was judged as Festival or Ambassador Quality Storyteller, inviting them to the culminating Festival on Saturday & Sunday, April 25th-26th, 2020. ALL children and their families and friends are invited to attend this FREE Festival.
- Certificates (See Manual p. 26: Certificates) should be awarded to ALL participants.
- Stop watch or watch with second hand. All stories must be timed accurately and time entered on Registration Card (example: 4 min. 32 sec.) Accuracy is critical for scheduling purposes at the culminating Festival.
- Suggestions for an evaluation panel (See Manual p. 22-23)
4. Registration and parent consent form:
- Each storyteller will need a registration form. The registration form should be filled out by the storytelling instructors so that spelling and information is accurate, legible and complete. This form can then be sent home with the child for the parental consent/choice of storytelling time. PLEASE PRINT ALL INFORMATION OR COMPLETE THE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM.
- For statistical purposes, please make copies of registration forms before sending home with child/parent. If a form is not returned, please mail the copy (without completed parent consent info) in with your completed ones so that we know how many children were deemed Festival or Ambassador Quality (your school could win an award for the most participating children!)
- These completed forms SHOULD BE SENT TO JASON ROGERS ON OR BEFORE April 1, 2020.
- For statistical purposes, please send in registration cards for ALL participating storytellers.
SEND ALL REGISTRATION AND PARENT CONSENT FORMS TO:
John F. Germany Library
900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602
- Notify Jason Rogers by e-mail if you have a participating group. If requested, schools may receive a package of materials via mail to assist with leading your group (or you can go online to print the materials yourself).
- Schools evaluate their storytellers by March 21st, 2020, completing the registration portion of form with the parent consent portion due back to the schools by March 28th, 2020.
- Schools will mail completed registration/parent consent forms to Lorie Tonti by April 1, 2020.
- Schools will receive their students’ storytelling schedules for the day of the Festival by April 3, 2020.
- Come and enjoy the Festival on April 25th-26th, 2020