Storytelling school

Join the annual Tampa-Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival

The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative presents the annual Storytelling Festival until May. Join anytime and learn how to be a storyteller.

For 42 years, the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative has hosted a storytelling festival. This year, the Festival du Conte is virtual. This allows many more locals to get involved. The Storytelling Festival runs until Friday, May 13.

Participants can learn the art of storytelling and become storytellers themselves. The online festival features storytelling performances, fun workshops and the opportunity to submit your own storytelling video.

Katie Adams is a professional storyteller. Adams is a member of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Friends of Storytelling. Adams joined Friends of Storytelling in 2014, but has been involved with the annual Storytelling Festival since 1987.

Adams explained that attendees will learn everything they need to tell a story and that’s good for parents and children. You will learn the process of telling a story and can even submit a video. Video submission is due by Friday, April 22.

The annual storytelling festival is good for kids from kindergarten through 12th grade. You can register at any time by visiting www.hcplc.org/storytellingfestival. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes with a question and answer session.

In addition to the virtual sessions, some live online events are scheduled for which attendees must register. A library has been set up so attendees who missed previous virtual sessions can log in and watch the videos anytime at their convenience.

Adams said, “Storytelling makes your life better. For young people, it strengthens reading, writing and listening skills. This increases confidence as there is a public speaking component. Storytelling can also help strengthen family bonds with fun stories. All this is perfect even for young children.

Adams added, “We would like people to join the Storytelling Festival this year. There is still plenty of time to join us and learn how to tell a story.

Adams is the owner of the Make Believe Theater. She offers storytelling and puppet shows and takes her art to schools and libraries all over Florida. She has been doing it since 2000.

For more information about the festival and how to participate, please visit www.hcplc.org/storytellingfestival.