Spotlight on Sharing: Telling Stories at the Library

Storytelling is a tradition as vibrant as it is ancient. Before the written word, storytellers were the keepers of our collective knowledge and wisdom. Today, a compelling tale woven by a master storyteller still resonates with people of all ages.

In this Spotlight on Sharing post, we’ll see how Colorado’s libraries are keeping the craft of storytelling alive.

Pueblo Storytellers

  • Pueblo City-County Library, Rawlings Branch Library
  • Mondays, 1:00 pm
  • “Spend a lively afternoon listening and learning techniques for telling great stories.”
  • Event calendar

Spellbinders Training Workshop

  • Bud Werner Memorial Library
  • Friday, August 5, 8:00 pm
  • “Spellbinders is a national organization dedicated to restoring the art of oral storytelling to connect elders to youth, weaving together the wisdom of diverse cultures throughout time.”
  • Class size is limited to 10. Participants must attend a 3 part series and meet other qualifications. See the website for details.
  • Website

Early Literacy Fair

  • Basalt Regional Library
  • Saturday, July 23, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Storytelling is one of several interactive stations that families can visit during the Early Literacy Fair.
  • Website

Story Express

  • Poudre River Public Library District
  • “Storytellers travel through the District to share engaging stories, songs, fingerplays, and more! This program is recommended for families with children under age 6, but all ages are welcome.”
  • See calendar for dates, times, and locations

CLEL Website: Oral Storytelling in Storytime

  • The CLEL website offers tips & suggestions for bringing the oral storytelling tradition into library storytime.

This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. How does your library celebrate the tradition of storytelling? Let us know by filling out this super short form or emailing If you’re on Twitter, tweet @hitchlib or use the hashtag #spotlightonsharing.

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