Show Me the Awesome: Part 5

Show Me the Awesome Logo by John LeMasney!

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Today, I’m participating in the amazing series, “Show Me the Awesome!” that was started by Kelly, Liz, & Sophie. For more AWESOME, please check over at their sites for the official link-up. Also, don’t forget to tag your related posts with #30awesome on Twitter, Tumblr, Vine and/or Instagram if you’re liking what you’re reading and want to talk about it!

This is Part Five of a five part series about how I grew my storytime attendance. In the past three years since I took over storytime, I’ve increased our program attendance by 61% compared to the last successful season. (For the statistics nerds out there, I’m comparing Summer 2009 from before I took over to Winter 2012/2013.) And I promise that these are simple measures that almost every library can do, regardless of budget.

Part Five: Motivational Poster Time

(My last tips for increasing your storytime attendance all wound up sounding like motivational posters…so enjoy clicking the links to see what I’m talking about!)

1. Hang in there, this will take time. I grew bit by bit — that 61% did NOT happen overnight. And you shouldn’t expect it to. I’m still growing my attendance, THREE YEARS after taking over.

2. Keep trying. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. So, passing out flyers didn’t work for you — what are you going to do next? Leave some at a nearby daycare? Look into partnerships at the pediatrician’s offices around you? Keep trying!

3. Be yourself and find a way to be happy. No matter what size attendance you actually have in storytime, those are your patrons. Make storytime the best for them and the best for you.

And that about wraps it up. I hope you’ve gained some useful tips, I hope your storytime numbers increase, and I hope we keep sharing the awesome!

3 comments on “Show Me the Awesome: Part 5

  1. Sharon
    May 30, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    Hi Katie, I just finished reading how you grew your storytime attendance. Thanks for sharing. Question- how did you get the word out to parents about what you were offering? Did attendance grow solely by word-of-mouth( by parents) or did you promote your storytime in different ways than in the past?

    • Katie
      June 4, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

      Attendance grew by word-of-mouth. At this point, we’re finally talking about taking advertisements out of the library and starting to form partnerships. It’s been a long road, but I hope that we increase storytime attendance even more!

  2. Laura
    June 7, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for sharing these tips! I’ll be taking over one of our branch story times once I return from maternity leave this fall, so I’m storing away these tips for then!

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