It has been a busy month as I prepare for the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in February. I’ve been so busy reading and reviewing that I’ve been mostly MIA. This plan is the last storytime I shared at my branch before transferring into my new position. I had planned on doing all my favorite books but then, perhaps in light of MLK Day, I decided to focus on bravery. We all could use some of that right now.
For information about my approach to storytime, check out this post.
After a Little Mousie Brown puppet became a staple in my storytime routine, I got an idea: What if she started receiving a postcard at every storytime? Many wonderful people on Facebook and Twitter played along and agreed to send mail to the puppet. My coworkers delivered the postcards using a really cute Pack Rat hand puppet. The exercise ultimately would have been better for older kids but, hey, it was too much fun not to share! Read on for the messages Little Mousie Brown received.
If you know me, you know that I love languages—even though my pronunciation (of any words other than English ones) is terrible. I’d love to someday attempt a Spanish or bilingual storytime but, for now, I like to practice by infusing words in languages other than English into storytimes. At this hora de cuentos, we mostly covered Español—but we did learn to say “Hello!” in several otras idiomas!
Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to storytime, of course!
For my first storytime of the new season—after a summer full of special guests—I decided to start with the basics. After all, libraries are truly special. I love getting the chance to talk about what makes them tick. I also really wanted an excuse to read Chicken Story Time. What better to pair it with than a book about book-loving Lola?
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.
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!