Storytime: Languages!

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!

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Storytime: Libraries!

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?

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How I Plan: Family Storytime

Image Credit: The Library Book by Tom Chapin & Michael Mark, illus. Chuck Groenink (Atheneum BFYR, 2017)
As I’ve seen and read about storytimes over the years, I’ve taken note of the variety of ways presenters plan. The general structure is fundamentally the same but there are also nuances: recurring characters, trademark songs, themes/no themes, crafts/no crafts, etc. I think it’s all fascinating. Here is my post to throw into the storytime blog ring.

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UPDATE: End of TBR Pile, New Reviewing Gig, New Blog!

I have been awfully quiet these last few months. Ever since the ALSC Forum on Social Justice Practice in Youth Librarianship (ALSC members: watch the archive if you missed it), I’ve been reflecting on my own social justice practice. This included reflecting on the purpose of this blog.

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Performative Allyship & Storytime II

Image credit: Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall (Candlewick Press, 2017)

A couple months ago, I wrote a post about performative allyship as it relates to storytime—specifically, my own storytimes. I conducted a diversity audit of the books I used during storytimes at my branch and realized that I was failing as an ally and social justice advocate. I decided to make a change and resolved “to read at least one book featuring characters of color or another marginalized identity in every storytime I lead.”

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