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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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Utilizing the non-fiction collection for Storytime has some pretty incredible benefits. Put a big shiny spotlight on your collection, introduce some fancy vocabulary and concepts to your kiddos, or just showcase some pictures of real things.

 

Need a creative boost?

 

Check out this old Ask a Ninja post for some deep pondering.

 

I love Librarian Lisa’s early literacy tip.

 

Abby shared her STEM suggestions and Anne at So Tomorrow provided some Dewey-fied options.

 

Watch this Storytime Skill Builder video!

 

What book did you use? Did it go over well with your Storytime crowd? 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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Connecting with the community is major. That should be obvious to you. Partnerships can be hard (I hate talking on the phone), but are crucial to reaching underserved populations, promoting the library, and building a network. Possible connections may include:

     

  • Local schools and daycare centers
  • Groups like Parents as Teachers or MOPS
  • Art or cultural centers
  • Doctors, dentists, urgent care, hospitals, and health clinics
  • Where else do kids go? Dance class, karate, baseball, the park, the pool, the bus stop, etc.

 

A connection can lead to a future program, funding opportunities, and beyond! Take the time to send out an email discussing what you do for the community and how you think it can match what they do!

 

Who did you connect with? Make any future plans? 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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As a new parent, I don’t know that I would have had any clue about early literacy if I wasn’t involved in Storytime. I am sure many of us have met the caregiver who thinks reading to their baby is silly-“They can’t understand it!”. How can we teach first time parents that oral exploration of books is an important marker? That by having a safe and secure reading time, you are establishing a love of books? Talk to your baby, please!!

 

Many doctor’s offices have jumped on the early literacy bus, but few libraries seem to be doing much to bring early literacy to prospective parents.

 

If you are already rocking this population, share your excellence! If not, brainstorm some solutions this week. Then 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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A well done goodbye routine can be the perfect terminal punctuation mark on your stellar Storytime, but it requires some forethought. When I started out, I stayed in my little stool, sang my goodbye song, and awkwardly waved at everyone.

 

 

Yes, I was probably adorable and it was a perfectly acceptable way to end things. However, I was making absolutely no connection. Storytime ended abruptly and the ‘routine’ got stale fast. Now I have a wind down routine that I love:

 

  • Rolling of the Storytime cube.
  • Current session’s closing rhyme.
  • Current session’s closing song in which I get off my butt, walk around and make a connection with every kiddo in the room.
  • Mingle time! I make every effort to be available to hug toddlers, answer questions about baby development, or pretend to be a dinosaur.

 

This certainly isn’t brilliance at work, but by taking the time to think about how I ended things has benefited everyone involved. So I pass the challenge to you!

 

Don’t know where to start? Here is some inspiration to get your motor running:

 

Try out a new goodbye song. Storytime Katie, Miss Meg, and Jbrary are all great places to begin your search.

 

Take some archive SU advice and add a Storytime cube to your closing routine!

 

Gain some confidence in talking with caregivers by beefing up your early literacy messages!

 

Saroj Ghoting provides an array of tools on her website. I should laminate the What Can I Say? guide because I have loved it so.

 

I appreciate how CLEL breaks down their Tips for Choosing Books into simple concepts.

 

Zero to Three makes me smarter with every visit.

 

Now that you have your inspiration, get out there and change it up! Then 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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Hopefully we are all striving to make connections with our Storytimers. I often wonder if what I do is making the leap home. This week, let’s try and do something about it! Whether you can give your caregivers something physical to take home, are able to plan new outreach events, or find a clever way to get those early literacy messages into the car ride home, get on it!

 

Don’t know where to start? Here is some inspiration to get your motor running:

 

Storytime Katie posted some great take home ideas and her thoughts on handouts on the ALSC blog.

 

Kim at Literary Commentary shared her early literacy focused handouts.

 

I have always wanted to try a caregiver program similar to the one Amy helped organize.

 

Now that you have your inspiration, get out there and connect! Then 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!