Festival of Tales


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Festival of Tales - 2019

Paradise Valley Community College is proud to partner once again with Southwest Human Development for its 11th bi-annual free community literacy event. Families are invited to enjoy a full day of storytelling and cultural activities at PVCC’s Festival of Tales, a bi-annual event that brings reading to life. Children who participate receive free books and can participate in various activities, including demonstrations, vendors, arts and crafts, games, face painting, live music, food trucks and more!

“Festival of Tales is one of my favorite events here at PVCC,” said Meggin Kirk, program director, Education. “Not only does it help develop awareness and understanding for other cultures through storytelling, it often is the spark to ignite one's passion for learning.”

Since its inception in 2009, Festival of Tales has attracted more than 17,000 people from Maricopa County and more than 40,000 books have been given away to children and their families. In 2019, Festival of Tales was recognized with two distinguished awards from the Maricopa County Community College District, including the Diversity Advisory Council award and the Paul M. Pair Innovation of the Year award.

Join us on April 22, 2023 from 9:00am to 1:00pm

Where: PVCC Union Hills Campus, 18401 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ

Event activities will occur in and around the Kranitz Student Center (KSC). Free parking is available. 

Storybook Playhouse in the Black Box Studio Theater

10:00 and 12:00--Approximately 50 minutes - 

The Cow Who Jumped Over the Moon, presented by Storybook Playhouse (PVCC’s Theatre for Youth), is a tale about how the Cow is trying to jump over the Moon and ends up helping out new friends, such as Jack, Rapunzel, the Princess and the Pea, and the Three Blind Mice, along the way.  This comedy is fun and educational for kids and adults of all ages. 

Storywriting workshop

11:30 Approximately 30 minutes

Students in 1st-5th grade are invited to express their creativity by crafting short stories with the Pinnacle Pratham Club's story writing workshop! Participants will be provided with their story booklet, sorted into groups based on age/interest, and guided through the writing process by high school students eager to help them unleash their imaginations!

Dance Performance in the Black Box Studio Theater

The PVCC Dance Program will perform selected pieces from its Spring Dance Collection.   A brief movement participation for all children will be included at the end.

*11:15  Approximately 15-25 minutes

Storytelling sessions in M Classrooms (ages 5 and up)  

10:00 am
11:00 am
12:00 pm

Buxton Library storytime with music and movement (ages 4 and under) Storytimes

10:00 am
11:00 am
12:00 pm

E Amphitheater

9:00 DJ/Playlist/Jazz Combo Set-up
9:30 PVCC Jazz Combo
10:30 Rosetta Verde (Latin Music)
11:30 SunKissed
12:15 Grupo BombAZo


Contact E-mail: meggin.kirk@paradisevalley.edu
Contact Phone: 602-787-6659

Check out this video for a quick peek at past events: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6Xq_atbfPY&t=6s