About the Blog || About Katie || Current Storytimes || Retired Storytimes

“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!

50 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. 🙂

    • Linda Janes
      December 11, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

      Hello, I make Flannelboards for sale Flanneltastic Felt Board Stories. I thought I’d share. I saw an old post where you use Tempra and a paper clip for painting. Michaels and Walmart sell puff paints. Tulip brand have the best tips nice small opening Scribbles brand have new tips which are a little to big now. But I also fill my empty puff paint bottles with acrylic paints which the larger opening are great for, because I only use them for filling large areas.
      Plus you can always refill your empty Tulip bottles with scribbles brand.

      • Katie
        June 7, 2016 at 12:43 pm #

        Thanks for the tip! I still mostly use the paint since it doesn’t squirt. I have horrible luck with bottled paints and getting air bubbles. But that might just be me!

  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!

    • 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. 🙂

    • 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!

  12. Abbie
    March 6, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    Katie, I’m a preschool media specialist and love popping onto your site for extra ideas! This is my first year at this school and the library has never been organized. I saw somewhere that you organize your library into neighborhoods. Could you explain that concept to me. It sounds preschool friendly. Also, do you know any free/ inexpensive ways to create a checkout system? Right now, we are simply recording checkouts in a binder under each classroom/ child’s name, but it is a headache! Thanks for all of your creativity! I love seeing someone else who is in love with flannel boards as I am.

  13. Abbie
    March 6, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

    Sorry, I should have said “electronic” checkout. We’re trying to find a quick way for a whole class to checkout quickly, but we have little to no budget for it.

  14. jodiem2013
    June 24, 2015 at 11:20 pm #

    hey Katie,
    I was wondering how you get away with using apps and music trough the ipad during storytimes and such. It was recently suggested to me that I may not have the correct ownership/licence to play in a plubic space. Did you find a way around this without breaching copyright?

    • Katie
      September 16, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

      I believe that because we have purchased the app for the program that it falls under fair use, as a book that we have purchased would. But if you’re concerned, I would check with your library’s attorney or a state representative.

  15. suzemuses
    August 14, 2015 at 10:23 am #

    Your ideas are fabulous! I’m doing a monster program this weekend (we are making coffee filter paper monsters: https://www.facebook.com/scarboroughciviccentrelibrary/photos/pb.388073824650697.-2207520000.1439565740./416460825145330/?type=3&theater) and I’ve found all your Monster idea posts so helpful! THANK YOU 😀

    • Katie
      September 16, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

      You’re welcome!

  16. Lilia Siddiqi
    December 2, 2015 at 9:02 am #

    Wow! I love your site. I need to say THANK YOU for making this info available. I’m a new storyteller and was nervous about finding ideas. Thank you for your generosity.

    • Katie
      June 7, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

      Thank you for reading! Good luck!

  17. Kelly
    January 5, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

    Love your website 🙂 I am starting at a public library next month and I am feeling very inspired by your fantastic ideas! I especially like the themed list with “the plan”, and the suggested stories – Very helpful in getting started. Greatly appreciated, thank you for sharing!

    • Katie
      June 7, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

      Thank you for reading!

  18. Kathy
    March 22, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

    You have a fantastic site that opens a whole new world for storytellers. Thank you for all your hard work.
    Have you ever done a cowboy/cowgirl theme?

    • Katie
      June 7, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

      Thank you! I have not. We don’t see many requests for horse-related activities here in suburban Chicago.

  19. kdejnowski
    March 29, 2016 at 5:18 pm #

    Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas. This is a great Site!!

    • Katie
      June 7, 2016 at 1:17 pm #


  20. Kim
    October 3, 2016 at 1:43 pm #

    I love your site, and thanks for sharing!

  21. Gloriad G. Adams
    November 3, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

    Katie, I’m a former children’s librarian and one of the authors of Ah-Choo! Thanks for including our book in your post. Great blog and I’m sure, very helpful to fellow librarians.

    Gloria G. Adams

  22. Holly
    May 2, 2017 at 2:42 pm #

    I just discovered your blog today while planning a sensory storytime. I mostly am a collector at our library–we have a big staff, and most of the programming duties go to others. But I do sensory storytimes, Paws to Read, and preschool dance parties! Your Shake, Shimmy, and Dance program write-ups are life-changing. It takes way too much time for me to listen to aalllll the great music out there to find the songs that work for my dance parties, so I tend to stick with my tried-and-true. But I’ve just listened to a few that you say are crowd pleasers with your kids–I’m going to have all sorts of new playlists ready for this summer. Thanks for sharing all this. I owe you!

    • Katie
      May 8, 2017 at 9:25 am #

      Thank you for reading!

  23. Sarah DeLong
    June 27, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

    I love your site so much! Thank you for the excellence and time and quality you put into it. I’m always using your story time plans for ideas at our tiny library. The kids LOVE the rhymes and songs!

    • Katie
      July 11, 2017 at 4:26 pm #


  24. Erin
    April 30, 2020 at 2:46 pm #

    What an amazing blog! Love this!

  25. liblist66
    May 20, 2020 at 11:46 am #

    Thank you for your amazing blog and ideas! I am a children’s librarian in NY and I am doing virtual storytime programs on FB live and would like to use some of your flannel board paaters the program. What is the ptecess tp gain permission.

  26. Rita Heath
    February 3, 2022 at 7:01 pm #

    First time doing bedtime story time on Facebook live. so glad I found your site, thank you for sharing!!

    • Katie
      February 15, 2022 at 3:02 pm #

      Thank you for reading!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: