Tampa/Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival

Featured Teller

How to Participate

ATTENTION: School Media Specialist, Teachers, Youth Leaders, and Parents

Hillsborough County is once again gearing up for its 37th Annual Storytelling Festival.

WHEN: Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 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!
FEATURING:

  • Featured Teller: Christopher Agostino
  • Hundreds of school-aged Festival Quality Storytellers
  • Community storytellers of all ages
  • Balladeers
  • Puppets
  • Storybook costumed characters
  • …and much, much more

COST: FREE

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, 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 email Lorie Tonti (TontiL@hillsboroughcounty.org) and a manual will be mailed to you. Manuals are free to all Hillsborough County residents.

You may also visit www.hcplc.org/hcplc/justkids/reading/storytelling.html for materials.

How you and your students can participate:

1. Lead a group:

Notify Lorie Tonti 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.

2. Instruction:

Use the Storytelling manual  for activities AND/OR visit our library’s Storytelling website:  for a series of interactive PowerPoint lessons, printable activity handouts, book lists and storytelling resources.

3. Evaluation:

  • Evaluations should all be completed by March 20th, 2017
  • 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:

  1. Evaluation Form for EACH storyteller (See Manual p. 28: Evaluation Form, or print from library’s Storytelling website)
  2. Criteria For Storytelling (See Manual p. 21: Criteria for Evaluation Storytelling)
  3. 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.
  4. 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, April 22nd, 2017. ALL children and their families and friends are invited to attend this FREE Festival.
  5. Certificates (See Manual p. 26: Certificates) should be awarded to ALL participants.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 LORIE TONTI ON OR BEFORE April 1, 2017.
  • For statistical purposes, please send in registration cards for ALL participating storytellers.

SEND ALL REGISTRATION AND PARENT CONSENT FORMS TO:

Lorie Tonti
Youth Services
John F. Germany Library
900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602

Phone: 813.273.3764
Email: TontiL@hillsboroughcounty.org

Timeline :

  1. Notify Lorie Tonti via 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).
  2. Schools evaluate their storytellers by March 20th, 2017, completing the registration portion of form with the parent consent portion due back to the schools by March 27th, 2017.
  3. Schools will mail completed registration/parent consent forms to Lorie Tonti by April 1, 2017.
  4. Schools will receive their students’ storytelling schedules for the day of the Festival by April 3, 2017.
  5. Come and enjoy the Festival on April 22nd, 2017

Contact Us

M. Falvey
c/o Tampa-Hillsborough County Library
900 N Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
info@tampastory.org
813-273-3764

What the Festival contributes:

Showcasing storytelling for diverse audiences

A storyteller who tells using American Sign Language has been added to the roster of professional tellers at the culminating Festival. This service to the hearing impaired community also raises awareness of storytelling’s many faces.Bilingual Spanish storytelling has been an integral part of the Festival for many years. In 1998 the Festival opened a multilingual storytelling area. Stories in Spanish and English, French and English, African languages and English, American Sign Language and English were featured in this area. In the spring the City of Tampa Parks & Recreation Department sponsors a weekly Friday night concert. The national teller is highlighted during the concert on the Friday night before the Festival. Thus the Festival is promoted in a very active and entertaining way to music concert-goers who may not hear of the Festival otherwise.

See a Map


Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library, Home of the 37th Annual Hillsborough County-Tampa Storytelling Festival: 1505 Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33602

Countdown!

hourglass-91 days and counting until the 37th 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