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Join us online for the Ottawa Children’s Storytelling Festival!


November 16 to 21 FREE and entirely online.

For many years, the Ottawa Public Library has hosted the Ottawa StoryTellers’ annual storytelling festival. And, despite COVID-19, this year is no different! 

Once again, the Ottawa Public Library is thrilled to partner with Ottawa StoryTellers to offer the 26th annual Ottawa Children’s Storytelling Festival.


Six Days, over 30 tellers

Join us for six full (and we do mean full!) days of tales from November 16-21, 2020. With more than 30 tellers from all across Canada participating, there will be stories for all ages and all tastes, in both French and English. There are songs and stories for the very young, and exciting tales for older children as well as amazing traditional tales told by Indigenous tellers.  

Find out why it’s so noisy on Zoom with Selina Eisenberg’s beautiful felts and puppets.  

Let Louise Profeit-Leblanc of the Nacho N'yak Dun First Nation of Mayo teach you why it is important to listen and listen to Sharon Shorty’s traditional tales from the Yukon.  

Join Michael Kusugak from Nunavut as he talks about the stories behind his books, Baseball Bats for Christmas and Northern Lights, the Soccer Trails

Come along with Rubina Sinha as her words dance your into places that are both real and magical, or sail with Sara Abusarar on a sea of stories. Or... blast off into space with Marie Victoria Robinson

Discover the perfect place to find your pearl with Jacqui du Toit or join Ruth Verger-Stewart for tales of muddy messes and chocolate melts. 


… And so many others!

No matter your age, whether you speak French or English, or your background, there is something for you. For full details and schedule, visit  


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