Category Archives: Book Club

Book Club Discussion Starters: A Child’s Work

Today’s the day! Tonight at 9 p.m. EST, a group of Storytime Undergrounders will meet online for a live Google+ Hangout to discuss the first Storytime Underground Book Club pick, Vivian Gussin Paley’s A Child’s Work.

In advance of the live discussion tonight, we want to post some discussion starters for those of you who want to participate in asynchronous discussion. Feel free to chime in in the comments or on Facebook. This weekend, we’ll post a follow-up to the live discussion to keep the discussion going even further. We’re excited to hear what you have to say and to learn from all your brilliant reflections.

And now, some discussion starters:

  1. Paley mentions that some parents and caregivers consider how children play as too serious or risky, with them “playing” through controversial issues. Yet children live in a world with loud public conversations about guns, death, violence. By taking away play, are we taking away coping skills?
  2. Says Paley: “If readiness for school has meaning, it is to be found first in the children’s flow of ideas, their own and those of their peers, families, teachers, books, and television, from play into story and back into more play.” How does this idea fit with how ECRR defines readiness?
  3. Paley seems to argue that play is the physical manifestation of storytelling. How does that fit in a library setting where storytelling is what we do? How does it tie in with early literacy goals?
  4. Paley shares lots of anecdotes about play in early childhood settings as the basis of her arguments. Is this a step we need to be taking, bringing “the anecdotal evidence of [our] study to [our] colleagues”? Sharing our experiences and our reflections of them with the larger profession? How do we do that?

Please feel free to join the conversation even if you haven’t gotten to read Paley’s book!

Don’t forget the Storytime Underground Book Club!

It’s been over a week since the initial announcement of the inaugural Storytime Underground Book Club. For those of you who may have missed the post, or those who may have bookmarked it for later but gotten distracted (happens to me all the time…), I wanted to post a reminder that you–yes YOU!–can participate in this great upcoming discussion.

9a457e5e4769b7dd965e3a63bdd4d37eThe details:

  • Interested participants will read A Child’s Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play by Vivian Gussin Paley.
  • A live discussion will take place via Google+ Hangout on Thursday, September 5, 2013, at 9 p.m. EST
    • Since Google+ Hangouts are limited to 10 simultaneous participants, there will be a lottery for participation. 9 people will be chosen, with the 10th person being a Storytime Underground administrator/discussion facilitator. update: I (Amy) will be the facilitator for A Child’s Work
    • If you are available during the time of the live discussion, have Google+ Hangout capabilities, and are interested in entering the lottery to participate, enter here.
    • Live discussion participants will be announced one week prior to the live discussion.
  • The day after the live discussion, the recorded Google+ Hangout will be posted on the blog for enjoyment of everyone who has read the book or is interested in the topic.
  • Discussion about the book will continue asynchronously in the comments of the Google+ Hangout post, on Facebook, and on Twitter #sucogsci

Make plans to join us in this discussion, whether you do so in the live Google+ Hangout or asynchronously via social media.

Introducing the Storytime Underground Book Club

I know what you’re thinking: “Another book to read? Harrumph.” So go ahead and let your inner Eeyore be momentarily annoyed at the presumption that you have time to read. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

Now. GET EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK CLUB!

The Storytime Underground Book Club is beginning with the intention to beef up our knowledge of the cognitive science aspects of our jobs. To that end, Cate has put together a great Riffle bookshelf with some tremendous reading options. All of these titles contain information that should significantly inform the work that we do in our youth librarian services, both in storytime and elsewhere.

9a457e5e4769b7dd965e3a63bdd4d37eHere’s how the first book club will go:

  • Interested participants will read A Child’s Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play by Vivian Gussin Paley.
  • A live discussion will take place via Google+ Hangout on Thursday, September 5, 2013, at 9 p.m. EST
    • Since Google+ Hangouts are limited to 10 simultaneous participants, there will be a lottery for participation. 9 people will be chosen, with the 10th person being a Storytime Underground administrator/discussion facilitator.
    • If you are available during the time of the live discussion, have Google+ Hangout capabilities, and are interested in entering the lottery to participate, enter here.
    • Live discussion participants will be announced one week prior to the live discussion.
  • The day after the live discussion, the recorded Google+ Hangout will be posted on the blog for enjoyment of everyone who has read the book or is interested in the topic.
  • Discussion about the book will continue asynchronously in the comments of the Google+ Hangout post, on Facebook, and on Twitter #sucogsci

Since this is the first Storytime Underground Book Club, we expect there may be some hiccups and kinks. Let us know if we’ve forgotten anything important.

We look forward to delving in the cognitive science aspects of the work we do with children.