Archive for June 2013

My first storytime was a complete success! I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun at work before. I was beyond surprised at how natural it felt and how much I enjoyed it right away. I suppose they’re right when they say that your comfort zone may actually be the least comfortable place. Don’t walk… run out of your comfort zone- that’s what I learned today. (Read more.)

My group consisted of 54 kids and parents/grandparents etc. 54!!! Most kids were preschool age- 3-5. They really liked the Pout Pout Fish. I thought it may be too long for the little ones, but everyone enjoyed it. Tip: Start off with your longest story first! Fidgety Fish was a hit, as well. One boy asked me to read it again, but then when I asked the rest of the group if I should read it again, there were a few no’s, so I continued on to my next story. I was grateful to receive some advice from my fellow coworkers about adding stretches to my plan. Tip: After each flannel and/or story add a stretch! It can be totally simple “Stretch up high, reach the sky…” but little kids can’t sit still for very long and need to move around. I was so surprised at how much fun they thought these silly little stretches were. Simple pleasures, I suppose; I could learn a lot from these little folks. My giant fish puppet was a big hit- lots of oooohhs and ahhhhs. It really helped to make my “Critters in the Sea” song more fun. I finished by giving everyone a glittery fish sticker, which was well received. I was thrilled with the feedback I received! I really didn’t expect as much, as this was my first storytime. I thought you had to be really silly/quirky in order to be entertaining to kids, but apparently there are many different storytime styles that are successful. Several parents said my choice of books was great and that the program was really well done. One boy came up to my fellow librarian afterward and asked if I would be coming back. That warmed my heart. ♥

I may have found my true calling in this library world! Could this digital/adult services librarian be crossing over to the other side of library land; a land full of puppets and nursery rhymes and Pout Pout Fish? Time will tell 🙂 If nothing else, I have added to my skill set and have made myself a more well-rounded librarian- one who can put together a successful preschool storytime, just as well as she can conduct an eReaders workshop.


If you’re ready for a story, take a seat.
If you’re ready for a story, take a seat.
Clap your hands, stamp your feet,
Make your hands all nice and neat,
If you’re ready for a story, take a seat.

It’s time for storytime! Yes, I officially have to do my very first storytime next week as part of my Librarian 1 training checklist. I think I have been dreading this since I started the MLIS program years ago, knowing that this was in my future! I am an Adult Services Librarian, after all; I teach computer classes; give computer device 1 on 1’s to people; create eReader workshops etc. I don’t sing nursery rhymes! But I’m going to… next week! I’ve decided to change my attitude about it. I watched a storytime today and it’s not as intimidating as I first thought, despite working at one of the largest branches in our system- sometimes there’s 70 attendees to a storytime! I’ll try to have fun with it and think of it as a challenging, learning experience, as it’ll be way, way out of my comfort zone.

Here’s my plan for a preschool Fishy Storytime.

Opening Rhyme: Up, Down, Turn, Around
Book: The Pout-Pout Fish
Flannel: Five Little Fish swimming by the shore…
Book: Fidgety Fish
Action Rhyme with octopus puppet: Octopus, octopus, turn around. Octopus, octopus, touch the ground…
Book: Hooray for Fish!
Flannel: Modified “Brown Bear:” Red fish, red fish, what do you see…
Song with huge fish puppet: The waves in the sea go up and down… The shark in the sea goes snap, snap, snap… (tune of Wheel on the Bus)
Book: Fish, Swish! Splash, Dash!: Counting Round and Round
Closing Rhyme: “I think it’s time we have to go, wave you elbows, wave your toes…”
Then everyone gets a fish sticker when they leave!