About

“Storytime Katie” was created in the fall of 2010, over a year after I had taken over all storytime duties at my library in 2009. I started to blog about my storytimes partly so I could access and search my records easier, but mostly because I had been inspired by all of the blogs who had helped me in a storytime pinch. (Particularly, Sarah — my amazing friend and former co-worker’s blog at Awesome Storytime.) It was a way that I could hopefully give back!

I’ve now been doing storytime at the same library for the past three years (!!!), and I couldn’t imagine my life without my weekly preschoolers. Stick around and see where else this storytime journey takes me!

19 Comments on “About”

  1. MrsHamilton
    April 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your ideas with us Katie! I wasn’t an early childhood person either when I became a school librarian but now it’s my favorite part of the day too. :)

  2. LibrarianK
    April 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    Thank you so much for your website! I love all of your flannel ideas. I can’t wait to try some of them out. I bet the children in your library LOVE you! :)

    • Katie
      April 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

      Thank you so much for your kind words! Let me know if you make any of the flannels — I’d love to see pictures!

  3. Shelley
    June 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    I’m new to your blog and I really enjoy the information you provide. I’m a stay-at-home mom and I use your ideas with my two boys.

    I’m wondering if you’ve ever provided a tutorial of how you make them (i.e. what tools you use for cutting, etc.) because yours look so beautiful and neat.

    Thanks so much for sharing all that you do!
    Shelley

    • Katie
      June 7, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

      Honestly, I use probably the oldest pair of scissors in the library to make the flannels! I suspect it’s a pair of Fiskars, but it doesn’t have the brand-name on the blade or handle. They’re child-sized. I have found that some scissors just do not cut felt. (And it’s not even brand-related — I’ve had two pairs of the same brand and one will cut felt and one will not.) One of these days, I’ll get around to doing a post of my felt kit and what it looks like!

      Oh, and thank you for reading! I’m glad that you are reading and doing literacy activities at home with your boys!

  4. Leslie Lewis
    September 10, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

    I love reading about your story times! I get so many ideas since I am starting Signing storytimes in my local libraries. Thank you so much! I really wish I could make my own flannels! I’ts just so hard to cut! But, if you can do it, I am sure I could!
    Thank you so much, Doggies is my next class! My last class is Twins – Any suggestions?

    • Katie
      September 11, 2011 at 12:20 am #

      I haven’t done a Twins storytime yet, but I do have a list of twin books at work because I have twin cousins (age 3) that I’ve been compiling for since they were born. I’ll make sure to get you a copy when I go into work on Monday!

  5. Lizzie
    September 15, 2011 at 12:32 am #

    FANTASTIC RESOURCE! You are generous to share all of your fab ideas. Can I just ask how do you get the flannel boards to look so professional? What tips do I need in order to get my own flannelboards up and running?

  6. Sumaya
    September 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    I really want to get your flannel board story figures. How much do sell them for ? please im dying to get your flannel board is there anyway i can get the flannel board story figures. Please let me know

    • Katie
      September 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

      On the Flannelboards page, I try to link up the template that I used so that you can make the flannels yourselves. At this time, I have no plans on making flannels to sell, I’m sorry!

  7. sumaya
    October 2, 2011 at 12:42 am #

    What kind materials, fabric, glue, paint etc.. did you use to make your flannel board figures

    • Katie
      October 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

      I use regular felt that you can purchase at any craft store. I purchase mine at Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics, and Hobby Lobby. For glue, I use Aleene’s Tacky Glue. For paint, I use the giant bottles of tempera paint that’s in the basement of the library. (I think the brand for those is Color Splash or Crayola.) As for scissors, I use a regular kids pair of scissors. (I’ve tried using others, but some scissors cut felt better than others.)

  8. Esther Moberg
    January 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    Katie, just wanted to let you know, I steal a lot of your ideas! Just did your “tools” storytime craft and the parents & kids absolutely loved it (I had to confess I stole the idea from you – my parents think I am really super creative!) I keep my ideas on pbworks: http://estherstorytimes.pbworks.com
    if you ever want some ideas from another librarian, I love surfing other children’s librarian blogs to get inspired. :)
    -Esther

    • Katie
      January 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

      I’m glad that you steal things — that’s the whole point of putting it up on the Internet! Thanks again for reading!

  9. YouthLib
    May 25, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    I’m so glad I came across that. I’m currently in the same situation-my toddler time lady is leaving and I’m taking over. As I plan each day, I feel a little better, but it’s still slightly terrifying, mostly because I know how much everyone loved her. Thanks for all the great ideas, I’ll definitely be on here visiting a lot! How long did it take for you to get comfortable with storytime?

    • Katie
      June 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

      I would say that most days, I’m really comfortable for storytime. But I still (after three years!) have moments of “What am I doing here? All these children are looking at me and I haven’t the faintest clue what I’m doing!” I wish you all the best — I know that you’ll do great!

  10. Paula
    June 7, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Katie, Thank you for sharing all these great ideas! I started out as cataloger then ‘graduated’ to including story times as part of my job. I love the kids – but at times lack for ideas. You are a great resource.

    • Katie
      June 7, 2012 at 10:17 am #

      You’re welcome! I’m glad to help in any way that I can, and am grateful to have readers!

  11. Katie
    June 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    I love your site and am going here for lots of resource ideas in the fall. I’m sharing a toddler (0-3) storytime spot in the fall here in Saudi Arabia. It’s my first time doing it, do you have a specific theme suggestion for the first day? Thanks so much!

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