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  • 1. Story Time Where, What, How and Why
  • 2. Where
    • At the library or in the community – at a preschool, daycare, in a kindergarten or head start program – anywhere there are preschoolers, babies or toddlers
  • 3. What
    • Telling stories, sharing rhymes and helping babies, toddlers and preschoolers develop pre literacy skills to become our future readers.
    • Teaching parents to read with their children
    • Providing a wide assortment of high quality books for parents to share with their children.
  • 4. How
    • Providing knowledgeable trained staff to conduct story times and help parents select suitable books to share with their young children.
    • Providing libraries with kid focused spaces- sometimes a room and sometimes a corner. In smaller libraries, story time can be held before the library opens
    • Providing a wide assortment of suitable children’s books which can be shared and/or borrowed.
  • 5. Why
    • I will let Arwen repeat what she said recently to a Moose Jaw reporter…..
  • 6. Babytime / Lapsit
    • Audience primarily parents and children birth to 23 months
    • Programs usually include: Songs, Rhymes, Flannel Graphs (Mother Goose) Finger Plays
    • Duration: 4 weeks, sometimes outside the library or in the library with guests. Usually the program last 30 minutes, but sometimes moms like to socialize after the program.
  • 7. Todder Time
    • For two year olds and younger three year olds with their parents – number of children depends on your space.
    • Programs usually include: stories, songs, rhymes, stretches, flannel graphs, finger plays
    • Duration: 6-8 weeks for 20 minutes
    • Important to orient the parents, display materials and provide copies of rhymes, etc
  • 8. Pre School Story Time
    • For 3-5 year olds without their parents
    • Programs can include: stories, stretches, finger plays, flannel graphs, movies from picture books, simple crafts.
    • Duration: 6-8 weeks and 30 minutes
    • Some parents want to stay on week one. Again important to orient the parents – they must stay in the library and be on time.
  • 9. Family Story Time
    • For 2-5 year olds and their parents
    • Programs usually include: stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays, flannel graphs
    • Duration: 6-8 weeks and 30 minutes
    • Important to orient the parents – tell them what to do if your child is crying – don’t be late and no cell phones or visiting during the program
  • 10. Story Time FAQs
    • Registration
    • Like what you use
    • Develop your own style
    • Props
    • Repetition is good
    • Displays – helps circulation
    • No right way to do it
    • Other tips….
  • 11. For Parents
    • Orientation sheet should include:
    • Dates, times, and duration of programs
    • Expectations of parents re removing disruptive participants
    • Parents should remain in the library
    • Talk about displays, borrowing and getting your child a card – linking cards
    • Copies of the rhymes, etc
    • What to do if you are late
  • 12. I can’t do story time because..
    • There are no children in my community..
    • I am too busy when I am open to the public..
    • I do not have a program room…
    • I am shy about performing in public…
    • I can’t sing…