Playful Storytelling in Public Libraries - Activity facilitation guide

The human species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories./ Mary Catherine Bateson

This co-created exploration investigates the theme of learning through play in public libraries. Created by an diverse team of researchers and practitioners in Chile, the work advocates for playful storytelling as methodology to trigger children's interest in literature and inspiring them to become imaginative storytellers.

The activity concept presented is suitable for children 4-12 years.

To inspire your further exploration of ideas about learning through playful storytelling, an activity facilitation manual (PDF) and a video has been created. 


The manual aims to empower play facilitators in public or school library settings, by sharing a an engaging concept for a 30-40 min playful storytelling activity. The manual is available below in both English and Spanish!


To further inspire you to facilitate a playful storytelling activity in your community, a video explaining the concept has been created. See the video at the top of this page.


The objective of this work, facilitating playful storytelling, has been to bring Learning through play into public and school libraries.


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