When I first found out about stuffed animal sleepover programs in my children’s services class in grad school, I made it my mission to host one. This program plan is from September 2016, when I finally had an opportunity to complete that mission. Due to the program’s overwhelming popularity, we’re hosting it again this September. Another staff member will be taking the reins this year—which is awesome because literally every librarian deserves to experience the warm fuzzies this program brings.
I came up with this branch Family Storytime after I accidentally discovered Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? while weeding our picture book collection. The book instantly charmed me and I couldn’t wait to see how children would respond to the logical assumptions the book makes. Do stools become chairs? Do cars become trucks? Do watches become clocks? Read on and see what we discovered.
I led this branch Family Storytime in anticipation of our El día de los niños/El día de los libros program at the main library. For the record, I tend to use diverse books in all my storytimes and actively look for ways to promote diverse books at all times—not just on special celebrations like Día. April is also National Poetry Month, so I threw in a poem here, too.
I have wanted to do this program ever since I saw this article in American Libraries last year. Now I’ve done it twice—once at each of our two small branches as an evening storytime. Take a look at all the fun we had this March!
So, I made a decision earlier this year to switch from doing themes to instead using vocabulary terms as the basis for my storytimes. I found themes to be restrictive and, since the “Family Storytime” I present is for all ages, I wanted to be able to scaffold the experience so that each child at whatever age can go away with something. It feels less like I’m trying too hard and more, well, fun!
Everyone loves hearing their name—especially children. I planned this Family Storytime for that reason. But also because I really wanted to devise a way to not only learn the children’s names but also to get an opportunity to practice writing their names down so I could learn them better.
First storytime of the year! And first storytime post on this blog. There’s no better way to start than with boxes, which are open-ended and full of surprises—kind of like storytime! Read on to see what we uncovered.