Author Archives: Holly Storck-Post

It’s Survey Time!

Hello dear readers! We here at Storytime Underground have been doing some behind-the-scenes work on this blog, and we are anxious to hear how you use this community!

 

So please please please take this short survey to help us build a better community! Oh, and bonus, if you take the survey you will be entered to win some sweet swag!

 

Thanks from all of us!

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Storytime for Social Justice check in

It’s time for a check in on our Storytime for Social Justice Blog Challenge! If you haven’t taken the challenge yet, don’t worry! This is an ongoing challenge and you can join in anytime.

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In the meantime, here’s a look at what we’ve seen so far:

 

A social justice storytime outline.

 

Rosemary is ready to go.

 

Rebecca, who BTW is KILLING it with her Libraries are for Everyone images, resolves to be socially shiny. 

 

Our own Julie and Holly made lists of resolutions.

 

Did we miss your post? Send us a link! And if (when?) you join in, let us know by commenting here!

 

Announcing: a virtual Guerrilla Storytime for Social Justice

By now, I hope you have read our Storytime for Social Justice Kit and started thinking about the Social Justice Blog challenge. Today we are thrilled to announce our next virtual Guerrilla Storytime to go alone with our Social Justice Challenge. On Friday, January 6, we will be posting Guerrilla Storytime for Social Justice questions all day long on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #StorytimeJusticeWarrior.

 

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Follow along, share your answers with our community, and learn a great new resource or tip to help you with your own Storytime for Social Justice challenge. Not sure what a question means or why it is an issue? Just ask!

 

After the event, we’ll be posting a roundup of all the questions here, so check back to make sure you don’t miss anything great!

 

Storytime for Social Justice Blog Challenge

You may recall our Resolve to Rock blog challenge from the last couple years in which we challenged librarians to blog about their professional goals for the new year.

 

This year, we have a new blog challenge for you: the Storytime for Social Justice Challenge.*

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Image by the amazing Rebecca at Hafuboti

As youth librarians we have a lot of influence and a large captive audience of small children, and now more than ever it is vital that we do our part to make the world a better place. We offer services to make our communities — ALL members of our communities, from those we see to the marginalized faces that don’t use the library, — feel represented, welcomed, and appreciated.

 

Take a moment to think about what you can do to help teach empathy and inclusiveness in your programming, your displays, your space, your services. Check out Julie’s post for some inspiration and examples, take a look at our new Storytime for Social Justice  kit, and then tell us what YOU are committed to doing for your community!

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Write a post on your own blog using this image**, share with the hashtag #StorytimeJusticeWarrior, and
post a link in the comments here.  If you don’t have a blog, we are happy to host guest posts! Get in touch via email at storytimeunderground (at) gmail (.) com and we will share your post on this site.

 

Once you’ve written a post and made a commitment to social justice, I encourage you to print it out and post it by your desk, or in your planner. Maybe make it the background on your computer. Whatever will help keep these ideas in the forefront of your mind. Because supporting Storytime for Social Justice is great, but only if you actually do it.

 

*Wondering why social justice belongs in Storytime Underground? Just a reminder that Storytime Underground is NOT neutral. We were built on social justice, and we continue to serve that purpose. If you don’t like it, you do not have to participate, but this is NOT and has never been a place for only storytime ideas.

 

** Our blog challenge image was lovingly created by Rebecca at Hafuboti. Thanks Rebecca!!