Category Archives: Resource Depot

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.



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!


Resource Depot: Summer Reading on Pinterest



There’s a million things that can come between you and planning for summer reading.


  • You’re new to a job and just getting to know your library and community.
  • You’ve been occupied with alternating between glaring at and crying over your manual.
  • You just learned you’ll have major budget cuts and almost no funding for summer programs.
  • You’ve agreed to taking on weekly visits from a summer camp or partnering with a school.
  • You’re exhausted from cleaning the children’s room every 15 minutes.

In any case, never fear! SU is here with a list of Pinterest boards to lose yourself in for hours.


General Program Ideas:


This one from Angela Reynolds.

This one from Annette Bierley.


Life Size Games:


Bridget Wilson’s board, here.

Michelle Madsen’s board, here.




Check out Hodgkins Public Library’s board.


Re-thinking Your Approach:


This perfect board from Marge Loch-Wouters.


Happy planning, everyone!


Resource Depot: Theme Content



It’s a Wednesday morning and you’re just sitting down at your desk when you supervisor appears. She informs you that a teammate will be out sick and she needs you to cover her storytime. This week the families are expecting a storytime on bugs, but your teammate’s notes make no sense. You have one hour to come up with activities to go with her books. What will you do?


Hit up these resources!

When you need content to go with a theme:

  1. Storytime Katie. All day, every day. Here’s a list of her themes, which include very nearly everything under the sun. I love the way she describes how the storytimes went.
  2. Perry Public Library. They have a huge list of themes that include suggestions for books, songs, activities, and even literacy tips.
  3. Sunflower Storytimes. Another enormous index of storytime plans according to themes. They’re super detailed with links to content and music suggestions.
  4. Jbrary. Of course, Jbrary. Here are a ton of songs and rhymes ready to use and organized into themed playlists.
  5. Verona Story Time. A good place to find appropriate music and crafts.

Between these five resources, you should be able to come to the rescue in style.


Resource Depot: Pinterest Boards You Must Follow



Pinterest has more than just slow cooker recipes and mason jar crafts. There’s a whole world of librarians sharing great content and some of them are not to be missed. Check out these prolific pinners for some inspiration!


Jbrary: If you like a visual collection of books to browse for storytime, Jbrary’s boards are amazing.

Marge Loch-Wouters: Now retired but still very active in libraryland, Marge has collected years of inspiration about stealth programs, displays, 1000 Books, and…okay, pretty much everything.

Flannel Friday: Your one-stop shop for all things flannel and other prop activities for storytime.

Thrive Thursday: A collection of school-age programming ideas! Check out the blog hop and maybe even get involved.

Rebecca Dunn: Rebecca also has a huge collection of almost you could ever need, but I especially love her nature-inspired boards and program ideas.


Know anyone else who should be on our list? Add a link in the comments and we’ll get it added.

Resource Depot: Book Reviews




This week we’re offering a chance to grow in your skills in reader’s advisory and as a storytime leader. Browse some of these blogs to broaden your knowledge and discover books you haven’t noticed.


Blogs to Read for Storytime Picks and Picture Book Reviews

Abby’s “What to read at baby storytime” series even includes diverse books! Make sure you read the comments on her posts for even more suggestions.

Jbrary recently featured a list of their favorite books and I love how they explain why each is special. Make sure you check out their Pinterest boards for even more suggestions based on themes and ages.

Over at Falling Flannelboards, you’ll find some great collections on themes that she organizes mostly by season. They always include wonderful book suggestions.

Over at RovingFiddlehead Kidlit, you can find reviews of nonfiction picture books! Finding an interesting and accessible NF title is really a struggle sometimes at my library, so I’m enormously grateful!

Katie Salo continues to amaze with a whole blog devoted to reviewing early readers!

The Jean Little Library blog has SO MANY spot on reviews in every genre! It’s a gold mine!


Chapter Books and Middle Grade Reviews

I’m addicted to Sarah’s book reviews for middle grade fiction. She has a HUGE running list of books she’s reviewed right here.

I have to return to Abby.  You simply must read her book reviews. She has the best insights!

Angie cranks out book reviews left and right. If you’re after even more insight (with a side of snark), follow her on Twitter!

The Nerdy Book Club is another hot spot for middle grade reads and more. You’ll love their lists and interviews.


Have some favorites that aren’t listed here? Link it in the comments!