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Story time

  1. 1. Story Time Where, What, How and Why
  2. 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. 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. 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. 5. Why • I will let Arwen repeat what she said recently to a Moose Jaw reporter…..
  6. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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…

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