Sixteen children’s librarians presented storytime ideas in front of their peers at the SCLS program Dream Big!: Bringing the Early Literacy Manual to Life. A variety of books, songs, fingerplays, flannelboard stories and crafts for ages birth to five were demonstrated. Many of the ideas were from the Collaborative Summer Library Program Manual, but some of the storytime elements were original creations.
“The meeting was tons of fun today!” One participant wrote afterwards. “I am so proud of us creative librarians!!”
The librarians should be proud – it is one thing to get up in front of children, but performing in front of peers can be intimidating. The audience was superb as well; they gladly clapped and sang and tapped along, just like they were kids again!
“I learned some great new songs and stories to share with my little friends!” another librarian said on facebook. You can discover some new stories, too, by taking a look at the list of books your colleagues presented.