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Story Time Success

A Practical Guide for Librarians

Katie Fitzgerald

Story time is a popular activity in public libraries. Unfortunately, many librarians (and not just children’s librarians) are thrust into the role of providing this service have not taken a course or had the necessary experience of performing story times. Story times are so popular that they are now offered to children of many ages, not just to preschoolers. This book will help librarians who have never done story time to learn to promote, plan, and perform story times, and will be useful to experienced librarians to build on their story time repertoires.

Because story times are essential components of library service to children and in such demand, in many libraries, even librarians who have never done story time before are being asked to step into that role.

Story Time Success: A Practical Guide for Librarians is comprehensive handbook which can help any librarian learn to promote, plan, and perform story times even with no prior training or experience.

Key elements include:

  1. Customizable planning templates
  2. Hints for choosing appropriate books and other materials
  3. Suggestions for overcoming performance anxiety
  4. Troubleshooting for common story time problems and pitfalls
  5. Evaluation rubrics for performers and supervisors

Veterans and beginners alike will find many useful pointers for establishing and improving their story time skills and repertoires.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 186Size: 8 1/2 x 11
978-1-4422-6386-4 • Hardback • June 2016 • $99.00 • (£65.00)
978-1-4422-6387-1 • Paperback • June 2016 • $65.00 • (£44.95)
978-1-4422-6388-8 • eBook • June 2016 • $61.00 • (£42.95)
Katie Fitzgerald holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Vassar College and a master’s degree in information science from the University at Albany, State University of New York. She has worked in the children’s departments of large and small libraries in Albany, New York; Walden, New York; and Washington, D.C., and she writes about story time materials and practices on her blog, Story Time Secrets (storytimesecrets.blogspot.com). She is also a regular contributor to LibraryAdventure.com; and has been featured on WhatToExpect.com and in Washington Parent magazine.
Storytimes have a long history in library-program repertories and continue to serve as an important early literacy experience. This book provides a straightforward guide to planning and implementing basic library storytime programs for preschoolers. This book presents a traditional view of preschooler storytime programs. Technology is included in terms of communications channels, but otherwise, it has a low profile. Fitzgerald begins by explaining storytimes and their purpose. Then she explains how to schedule and promote library storytimes, including a comparison of an informative and uninformative flyer. . . There is a useful annotated list of stories for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers as well as appropriate songs and rhymes. The last chapter addresses typical problems that might arise during storytimes: disruptive children and adults, safety and security issues, scheduling and registration issues, early career issues, and health concerns. . . .The writing is very accessible and practical. This resource is a decent starting place for a programming coordinator to plan and deliver a successful basic library storytime.