A great little post about the importance of storytime. More and more communities lack a sufficient number of quality preschools and daycares to help parents instill in children the skills they will need to succeed in school. It is certainly an area where children’s librarians can help fill in the gaps. It’s also another reason why I strongly believe MLIS programs need to offer more child development courses for children’s librarians. If you’re pursuing librarianship and want to work with children, try taking a child development course. I guarantee you that it will make you stand out once you’re applying for jobs, and it will also make you a better programmer for children.
You don’t want to be the librarians that SLJ (School Library Journal) describes in this blog post. You’d also do well do subscribe to SLJ’s censorship news feed, to make sure you never see yourself in its pages.
Another OH NOES article about the future of libraries. Another reason that librarians who work with children are extremely important. If we don’t capture the imagination of these children today, we won’t have any library supporters (and tax payers) in the future.
This is a interesting approach. I don’t believe it will be successful, but I’m eager to see the experiment unfold.
Here’s a powerpoint (ugh I hate how powerpoint is used, more on that later) I created to explain how I put together a storytime. I presented it at mpow*, and for a class at the College of Dupage.
*my place of work.
I like it when the kids come into the library and say “Hi, Miss Julie!” I like telling stories. I like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. I like singing goodbye to my coworkers at the end of the day. I like…well…learn more about me here.
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