It’s Story Time In Ottawa

This is a release from the Ottawa Public Library:

Get ready to embark on a magical journey as the Ottawa Children’s Storytelling Festival returns from November 20th to 25th, 2023.

This eagerly anticipated event that is organized by Ottawa Storytellers and Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is a celebration of creativity, language, and culture, will feature a captivating lineup of talented storytellers from Ottawa and across Canada. The Festival, which caters to children aged 3 to 12, their families, friends, and classmates, promises a week filled with delightful storytelling experiences in French and English. The Festival also offers the flexibility of attending events either in person or online, allowing the audience to choose the format that best suits their preferences and comfort levels.

The festival will be hosted at multiple locations, including the Odawa Native Friendship Centre and at OPL’s Nepean Centerpointe location. The event will also be accessible online through livestream on the Ottawa StoryTellers YouTube channel as well as OPL’s YouTube channel.

“We are thrilled for the return of Ottawa Children’s Storytelling Festival, an event that celebrates the rich tradition of storytelling, and the boundless imagination of children. Through entertaining stories and engaging activities, we hope to inspire a lifelong love for storytelling and learning!” said Sonia Bebbington, Chief Librarian/CEO at Ottawa Public Library.

To cater to a diverse audience, renowned storytellers from Ottawa and across Canada will enchant audiences with a rich tapestry of stories, embracing a wide array of genres and themes. From folktales to adventures, children will be transported to different worlds through the power of storytelling.


The event is in partnership with esteemed organizations, including the Odawa Native Friendship Centre, Conseil des Écoles Catholiques Centre-Est (CECCE), and Consortium Centre Jules-Léger (CCJL). The collaboration aims to create an inclusive space where stories from diverse backgrounds can be shared, fostering a sense of unity and understanding among attendees. For instance, the partnership with Odawa Native Friendship Centre highlights the festival’s commitment to promoting Indigenous voices and stories, creating an opportunity for cultural exchange and learning. Parents and teachers are encouraged to mark their calendars, all programs are free and open to the public. For more information visit www.ottawastorytellers.ca or www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca.

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