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All About Storytime

Post by Kathy Stewart
Posted March 20, 2015 in Kids & Book News

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Storytime is an integral (and fun!) part of libraries' children services but pulling off storytime regularly is no mean feat -- there are many variables involved: listeners’ varying abilities, their level of participation and potential restrictions of a library’s physical space all contribute to how the experience unfolds. No need to let pesky variables take the shine right off that "I get paid for doing this!" excitement. Great resources abound for all facets of storytime planning -- from book selection to finger play and song choices.

The April 2015 issue of Kids & Books highlights storytime veterans' tips and techniques.

Ellen Norton's Storytime Toolbox highlights national initiatives along with practical tips for finding fingerplays and songs.  Adaptive Storytimes by Christen Higgens reflects thoughtful strategies to include programming for children and their caregivers who might not feel comfortable attending a "regular" storytime. Finally, since book selection is crucial to fun storytime experiences, we identify key components to look for (and searching tips) to make book selection a breeze along with ten recently published, sure-to-be storytime winners.

Bottom line: storytime is all about you and the books and methods you feel comfortable with. Providing an engaging experience means that kids will know the library's a great place to be and will want to come back.

Have fun, and read more!