Storytelling Program

Since 1977, the University of Lethbridge Applied Studies Program and the Lethbridge Public Library have worked together to offer students the opportunity to participate in the Storytelling Program. Storytelling takes place in Lethbridge and area elementary schools (K–6), daycares, and local community organizations.

The Library hopes that through exposure to storytelling, children will be encouraged to read and to use the Library.

Storytelling Requirements


  • Attend 4–5 training sessions on storytelling
  • Select and present appropriate stories
  • Encourage children to read and use the Lethbridge Public Library
  • French storytelling positions are also available (up to grade 6 French Immersion)

Qualifications and Prerequisites

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Second-year standing (a minimum 30.0 credit hours)
  • Mature, self-directed person
  • Open to all majors. A background in drama education, children's literature, public speaking or experience working with children is preferred
  • Commitment to the program's scheduling (see below)

Basic requirements for all Storytelling Applied Study courses

  • You will be assigned storytelling sessions as your academic schedule allows
  • You are required to have at least 2 half days available for storytelling (Monday - Thursday)
  • Submit monthly reports to the Applied Studies Coordinator on due dates as outlined in the your Course Information Email. See the Applied Studies outline for report guidelines.
  • You will also submit Storytellers-at-Large Evaluation Forms on a monthly basis to your Applied Studies Coordinator. These forms are completed during the storytelling session by the classroom teacher. Forms are available from the Applied Studies office.
  • The Applied Studies Coordinator and the Lethbridge Public Library Children’s Librarian will evaluate your performance by attending at least one session during the semester
  • At the completion of your placement, the Lethbridge Public Library Children’s Librarian will complete a final evaluation assessing your performance


Storytelling Applied Studies Course Options

Applied Studies 2000

Students wishing to take Applied Studies 2000 for the Storytelling program should consult the Applied Studies outline for requirements.


Applied Studies 2010

This course may be taken concurrently or within one semester of the completion of the storytelling work completed in Applied Studies 2000.

Final Report- Portfolio

  • Your portfolio should consist of a minimum of 12 of the stories told throughout the semester
  • It must be submitted by the due date specified in the your Course Information Email, or up to 30 days following completion of storytelling
  • You are encouraged to be creative with the portfolio format
  • Your portfolio must include an evaluation of the following elements for each story:
    • Literary elements including plot, theme, characterization and setting
    • Discussion of story adaptations (including actions, intonations and song) and appropriateness for particular age groups
    • Analysis of the historical and cultural significance of the story and why it is still relevant and interesting today (including use of secondary resource materials)
    • Works cited list- a complete list of stories told, sources and authors


Grading and Evaluation

Upon completion of Applied Studies 2010, you will be assigned a letter grade.

  • 70% Portfolio- assigned by Applied Studies Coordinator
  • 20% Placement Supervisor Evaluation- assigned by Children’s Librarian
  • 10% Monthly reports- assigned by Applied Studies Coordinator

The grading scale is the same as Applied Studies 2000.

Note: Students must receive a passing Student Performance Evaluation, complete the minimum amount of Placement hours, and submit all the required reports/projects in order to receive a final grade. If course requirements are not fulfilled within the approved time frame, a grade of “F” will appear on the student’s transcript.


Disciplinary Credit

If you would like to take Disciplinary Credit for the Storytelling program, consult the Disciplinary Credit outline for course requirements. The final paper should include consideration of a particular aspect of the storytelling experience within an academic context.