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Sunday Storytime Challenge

Welcome to another Sunday Storytime Challenge! Our goal is to encourage the SU community to try new things and share out those adventures. Challenges will vary widely and can include craftiness, elevator speeches, networking, professional development and beyond!

 

So here is this week’s challenge!

 

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I want your Storytime to be the most welcoming, warm, and wildly fun place to be. How can you ever expect people to feel welcome if you don’t introduce yourself!

 

Now, some of you are probably saying “Hey, I already get my whole crowd to say ‘Hello Miss Julie’ in a silly voice!” Why that is great (and sadly something that didn’t happen when I visited a Storytime recently), it simply isn’t enough. If we want children to connect to books and the library, we need to connect with them. What a better place to do this than in your Storytime?

 

You could share yourself by:

 

  • hugging your favorite books before you share them with the group
  • teaching a song your learned when you were a kid
  • pointing out how you are similar or different from a character in a book
  • talking about what you ate for breakfast before doing Bread & Butter
  • describing your job (wait, you don’t just read kids stories?)

 

Maybe don’t share your weekend escapades as Grape Nose Boy!

Did you have all the kids learn how to spell your name? Did you talk about how your mom used to spread blackberry jam on your toast? Make sure to come back and share with us! There are so many ways you can share:

 

  • Simply comment to this post!
  • Email us at storytimeunderground@gmail.com
  • Tweet it out using #storytimechallenge
  • Do you have a kick-ass blog? Share your challenge story there and send us the link!

 

There is no concrete timeline for you to complete the challenges and they will always remain open.

 

We can’t wait to see what you can accomplish!

Sunday Storytime Challenge

Welcome to another Sunday Storytime Challenge! Our goal is to encourage the SU community to try new things and share out those adventures. Challenges will vary widely and can include craftiness, elevator speeches, networking, professional development and beyond!

 

So here is this week’s challenge!

 

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Recently, we held a Virtual Guerrilla Storytime on Twitter and Facebook with a focus in discussing social justice issues for Storytime.

 

We were happy to receive some fantastic responses, but the experience also left the Joint Chiefs feeling like we came on too strong. Honestly, there were questions posed that I couldn’t answer. We wanted to take a step back. What would social justice 101 look like?

 

  • Understanding that the library is a portal to knowledge. If we don’t help to change our communities, who will?
  • Using diverse books in your Storytime, displays, book talks, reader’s advisory, and lists.
  • Don’t use gender stereotypes in your library. Offer boys ballet picture books even if their caregiver gives you a look.
  • Please ditch your holiday programming.
  • Recognize that families do not look the same. Rethink offering Mom and Dad based programming.
  • Work on your terminology. Instead of saying mom, dad, girls, and boys try grown-ups and friends!
  • Go beyond ADA compliance at your library. Do you use large print in your Storytime signage? Do you offer chairs in your Storytime room for those that cannot sit on the floor? Be sure to discuss the use of modifications for lifting and bouncing songs and other problematic rhymes.
  • Make some POC flannel sets like Storytime Katie’s babies or Mr. Lou’s mustache from Literary Hoots!
  • Move away from only comfortable workplace conversations. Be a little more badass and take your professional discussions to a new place. There are behaviors, attitudes, and environments that we must address, no matter how uncomfortable or unpopular we may become.

 

As an early literacy provider, we present ourselves to the next generation of leaders. No, your Storytime toddlers will not be able to define social justice for you, but they can take in concepts of fairness, caring, kindness, love, friendship, equality, and respect. I feel like social justice 101 is all about recognizing that you may be doing it wrong. Your ideas, especially if they haven’t evolved in 20 years, may need a refresher. If you think social justice isn’t for your community, you are sadly mistaken.

 

Take this week (and your whole life I hope) to reach out to those around you and discuss these issues. Talk about what you can feasibly do and what you can strive for. Very few of us hold all the power to make changes in our systems. Request a meeting with your supervisor. Send this post in an email to your youth services staff. No one will know that this is important to you until you tell them.

 

Did you sit down with your supervisor to see if they would back you up if you read Mommy, Mama, and Me in Storytime? Did you take an opportunity in a staff meeting to discuss putting diverse titles on all displays? Maybe you went straight to the director to address the lack of diverse stock photos in your marketing. Make sure to come back and share with us! There are so many ways you can share:

 

  • Simply comment to this post!
  • Email us at storytimeunderground@gmail.com
  • Tweet it out using #storytimechallenge
  • Do you have a kick-ass blog? Share your challenge story there and send us the link!

 

There is no concrete timeline for you to complete the challenges and they will always remain open.

 

We can’t wait to see what you can accomplish!

Sunday Storytime Challenge

Welcome to another Sunday Storytime Challenge! The goal is to encourage the SU community to try new things and share out those adventures. Challenges will vary widely and can include craftiness, elevator speeches, networking, professional development and beyond!

 

So here is this week’s challenge!

 

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We hope that our work here at the Storytime Underground inspires you to do more for your library users. We want you to think, play, and work harder for them. We also want you to know that you are important. Your work is important. You deserve funding, compliments, chocolate, off-desk time, and so much more. 

 

We think you are:

 

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It is unfortunate that you may not have your praises sung from rooftops every morning. Your fellow staff may feel like all you do is glue glitter on craft sticks. They are likely to go on believing this until you inform them of your baby brain building awesomeness. So, we want you to shout your praises to someone this week. Share a recent accomplishment, talk about your research, or discuss your future goals with those around you. (Your cat does not count)

 

Did you share your success at a library board meeting? Send in a request for an hour of time to do research? Did the mayor visit your Storytime? Make sure to come back and share with us! There are so many ways you can share:

 

  • Simply comment to this post!
  • Email us at storytimeunderground@gmail.com
  • Tweet it out using #storytimechallenge
  • Do you have a kick-ass blog? Share your challenge story there and send us the link!

 

There is no concrete timeline for you to complete the challenges and they will always remain open.

 

We can’t wait to see what you can accomplish!

Sunday Storytime Challenge

Every other week, we will post a Sunday Storytime Challenge. The goal is to encourage the SU community to try new things and share out those adventures. Challenges will vary widely and can include craftiness, elevator speeches, networking, professional development and beyond!

 

So here is this week’s challenge!

 

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It has been a few years since I first was inspired by Rebecca at Sturdy for Common Things to present a spontaneous Storytime. (Storytiming also had a wonderful take on this!)

 

Basically, there can be times when your library is flooded with people, but there is no programming going on. Perhaps you are like my library and you have LONG breaks between Storytime sessions. Why not put a sign around your neck and offer a story at 1:47 pm? Get on you intercom and invite the whole library to wiggle with you at 9:15 am! Did a fabulous new perfect-for-Storytime book just touch your hands? Go test it out on that one family that is in the building at closing!

 

Did you fashion a bright sign to wear on your head? Did you sing your heart out for a family that had no idea the library offered Storytimes? Make sure to come back and share with us! There are so many ways you can share:

 

  • Simply comment to this post!
  • Email us at storytimeunderground@gmail.com
  • Tweet it out using #storytimechallenge
  • Do you have a kick-ass blog? Share your challenge story there and send us the link!

 

There is no concrete timeline for you to complete the challenges and they will always remain open.

 

We can’t wait to see what you can accomplish!

Sunday Storytime Challenge

Every other week, we will post a Sunday Storytime Challenge. The goal is to encourage the SU community to try new things and share out those adventures. Challenges will vary widely and can include craftiness, elevator speeches, networking, professional development and beyond!

 

So here is this week’s challenge!

 

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Props can add a lot of wow to your Storytime routine, but they are terrifying if you have never used them. Shakers, parachutes, puppets, and scarves are becoming pretty common, but often fall into the category of expensive to buy and time consuming to make. So, this week, take the time to make something for your Storytime crowd. Be creative and use the depths of your unorganized storage area!

 

Need a push?

 

Get out the glue and felt to make 2 little ‘somethings’ that fit on your fingers! I recently made this dragon duo to take over the popular 2 Little Blackbirds fingerplay.

 

A paper towel tube, foil, and tinsel are all you need for Roving Fiddlehead’s Itsy Bitsy Spider waterspout prop!

 

Use all that leftover fabric you are hoarding to make giant food like this PIZZA from a Librarian Less Ordinary!

 

Grab some felt, poof balls, and googly eyes for this adorable set of peas pressed in their pea pod from Fun With Friends at Storytime.

 

Do you have cardboard, sticks, and string? Thrive After Three shared props for This Is Not a Stick and This Is Not a Box.

 

Pipe cleaners are probably hiding in the nooks and crannies of your desk. Pull them out and makes some flies a la Mel’s Desk.

 

Finally, some apples, a headband, and glue make this festive head prop from Catch the Possibilities.

 

What amazing things were born from your fingers? Are your covered in felt, glue, glitter, or permanent marker? Make sure to come back and share with us! There are so many ways you can share:

 

  • Simply comment to this post!
  • Email us at storytimeunderground@gmail.com
  • Tweet it out using #storytimechallenge
  • Do you have a kick-ass blog? Share your challenge story there and send us the link!

 

There is no concrete timeline for you to complete the challenges and they will always remain open.

 

We can’t wait to see what you can accomplish!