Photos courtesy of Paradise Valley Community College

In a showcase of storytelling and cultural exchange, Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) is teaming up with Southwest Human Development and Mortenson Construction to host its 13th bi-annual Festival of Tales. The free community literacy event, set to unfold on April 20, promises a delightful day of immersive activities aimed at fostering a love for reading among children and their families.

From the rustle of pages to the hum of activity, the PVCC Union Hills Campus, located at 18401 N. 32nd St., in Phoenix, will transform into a reader’s wonderland from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eventgoers can immerse themselves in a cornucopia of tales, arts, and melodies, with the Kranitz Student Center serving as the heart of the festivities.

The Festival of Tales is a beloved tradition that breathes life into reading through interactive experiences. Participating children will be gifted free books to spur their literary journey, accompanied by an assortment of activities, including arts and crafts, games, and face painting. The rhythm of live music will fill the air, complemented by the aromas wafting from an array of food trucks.

Meggin Kirk, PVCC’s program director of education, regards the festival as a catalyst for lifelong learning. “Festival of Tales is one of my favorite events here at PVCC. 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,” she says.

This anticipated event has made significant strides since its inception in 2009. Attracting over 17,000 attendees and distributing upwards of 40,000 books, the festival has left an indelible mark on Maricopa County’s youth. Its commitment to diversity and innovation in literacy was honored in 2019 with two awards from the Maricopa County Community College District.

The festival schedule brims with entertainment and educational prospects. The Black Box Studio Theater will feature theater and dance performances, including interactive segments for children to explore movement. Additionally, storytelling sessions designed for various age groups will unfold throughout the day, ensuring that each child’s imagination is engaged.

Southwest Human Development joins hands with Mortenson and PVCC in this endeavor, reinforcing their dedication to early childhood development and literacy. As Arizona’s largest nonprofit focused on early childhood development, they bring invaluable expertise and support to the festival’s mission.

With ample free parking available, the event is poised to be a memorable occasion for the community. Mark your calendars for an inspiring day where stories leap off the pages and into the hearts of children and adults alike.

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