The Door 2 Door Librarian

The Door 2 Door Librarian

Providing Door 2 Door Storytime as well as other programs and services. Opinions. Projects. All things LIS.

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Door 2 Door Storytime

I spent the first two years after graduation operating as a (volunteer) traveling librarian, during  which time I conducted Door 2 Door Storytime programs at the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start and participating libraries.  Each storytime session was designed to highlight and promote the acquisition of one or more of the six early literacy skills using the methodology set forth by the Every Child Ready to Ready @ Your Library movement.

Then, I was hired as a Children’s Librarian for a small, rural library in southwest Idaho. I was responsible for conducting 3 in-library storytime sessions each week. Once a month, I’d conduct 10 outreach storytime sessions at community partner sites (Head Start, developmental preschool, ESL immersion kindergarten class, high school parent & child immersion class) and distribute a free book to each child courtesy of an ISL early learning grant.

As a Community Librarian, I conduct 2 in-house library sessions each week, 1 storytime session a week at the local elementary school (for parents and younger siblings of enrolled students), and bi-monthly visits to the AM and PM classes of Head Start and our local developmental preschool.

I used to be responsible for planning weekly storytime kits in California and Idaho. Everything you see documented prior to my 1.5 year long hiatus was planned solely by me (books, crafts, puppets, flannelboards, etc).

My current employer centralizes many tasks. Such is the case with storytime crate planning. The calendar year is divided into 4 rotation cycles, and each Community Librarian responsible for offering youth services plans, (1-2) crates each cycle.Which means the majority of storytime sessions you’ll begin to see posted were planned by my colleagues by modified by me.

Thematic crate guidelines dictate the CL include 12-15 of the best reviewed picture books, 1-2 Spanish picture books, 2-3 board books, 2-3 musical cds, a coloring sheet, craft templates or samples with explanations, a sample  storytime handout for adults, and a comprehensive list of extension activities. These crates rotate from location to location on a weekly basis. When a new one arrives, I sort through the crate and select the materials I’d like to use during my storytime sessions (based on my knowledge of my audiences). I choose my favorite extension activities from the list provided, and frequently supplement my own from browsing other storytime blogs.

Library Assistants (called Public Service Specialists) are responsible for prepping storytime crafts, and love to substitute their own ideas in lieu of those included in the crates. Instead of posting their work, I’ll create my own craft for the purposes of this blog (and because I send them as kits to my 4 year-old niece in Idaho).

When it comes to planning storytime crates (past and present): I’m drawn to children’s books that feature fluid rhymes and/or visually stimulating artwork. Many times I’ll find a book I like and then build a thematic storytime outline around it, and while I do this I like to check out what books, extension activities, and crafts other librarians have chosen to include in similarly themed storytimes.

Checkout my resources page to find out where I get inspiration.

While your at it, feel free to browse the master list of my Door 2 Door Storytime themes, or view my props page.

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