Throughout the years, I’ve done several different kinds of storytimes at my first library. Here’s a run-down of what happened at each one.
All Ages Family Storytime
My weekly storytime was an all-ages family storytime. Being a very family oriented community, this is the format that works for us. Parents were able to bring all their kids and not feel like they were causing a problem by having a sibling in the program meant for baby lapsit. Throughout the storytime, I tried to provide modifications so that everyone could participate and I kept a variety of materials available in case I needed to switch things up. I only posted what I used in my programming write-ups.
I began offering Afternoon Storytime in the fall of 2010, with an age range of 3-7 and their siblings. This was a smash-success for the first year and a half and then attendance began to waver. After receiving the grant for “Growing Readers,” it was decided to stop doing Afternoon Storytimes and replace it with Growing Readers.
Weekly Growing Readers Storytime
This was a storytime for beginning readers. I did this afternoon storytime for ages 3-7 and parents were encouraged to attend as well to gain more tools to use to promote early literacy and beginning reading in their homes. This program was started after receiving a Target Early Childhood Reading grant in 2012.
Weekly Outreach Storytime
I did a weekly outreach visit to a local daycare facility. The kids ranged in ages 2-5 and I have anywhere from twenty to forty kids at each storytime, depending on attendance. While I love all storytimes, I probably looked forward to this one the most because of the reaction of the kids. I rang the doorbell to gain entry and once I opened that door, I could hear the Pre-K classroom shouting, “MISS KATIE, MISS KATIE.” It was the closest I will ever come to being a rockstar.
Other Outreach Storytimes
I was available for local daycare and preschool visits, to be scheduled at the request of the facility. Sometimes these were monthly, sometimes they were seasonally. If I wrote up any of these visits, I tried to give a brief overview of the age range since it varies from place to place.