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From the Archives- storytime behavior

Maybe you’re having some issues with storytime behavior. Or maybe you are new to the Storytime Underground Community. (Welcome! We’re so happy you’re here!) Either way, today I’m going to highlight some of the great content from our archives that you can use!


You know about our Ask a Storytime Ninja posts, right? Check it out, there’s great stuff there!

Lately, I’ve been reading and learning from all the amazing ninja advice about behavior in storytime. First up, how do you set expectations and explain the rules? Our awesome ninjas address rules!

And what about parents who don’t follow the rules? You know, the ones who chat or play on their phones or treat you like a babysitter? Check out some ninja advice!

Got a question for our ninjas? Ask it here!

What happens in storytime…

A couple weeks ago, someone shared this Instagram photo in the Storytime Underground Facebook group, and I LOVED it. It’s eye-catching and funny, and it drives home the point that storytime might look like fun and games, but it isn’t just fun and games, there is important work going on.

what happens in storytime books

As youth librarians, our work can be undervalued or misunderstood, either by colleagues or by patrons. After all, all we do all day is read books, play with toys, and do crafts, right? WRONG. I decided that I wanted to use this image as an advocacy/marketing tool for storytime at my library, and I thought you might want to also! So here are two different images sharing this important message. Feel free to download them, tweak them, add to them, and  use them to help share the message about the great work we do!

what happens in storytime

The Coolest Thing I Saw on Facebook

The absolute best stuff I saw this week was on the SU Facebook group. Y’all are talking up a storm, and all your ideas are genius. If you’re not a member of the group yet, readers, you are missing out on the best professional community on the internet.

Some other cool stuff happened, too!

Katie did a presentation on the hows and whys of flannel boards. I definitely got involved with the larger online storytime community to begin with because I could not figure out how the hell flannel stories worked, so I think this is a great resource. 

I clipped this post of Bryce’s weeks ago and it got lost in the shuffle. It’s amazing, though. I think we’ve all picked out books for a program only to have the totally wrong age of kids show up. Bryce brings her regularly scheduled brilliance to talk about differentiated instruction as it applies to public library programming. 

SPEAKING OF BRYCE: I got you this GIF, which made me giggle:


Welcome to the storytime blogosphere, Jane! Every Day Is Storytime has some truly phenomenal ideas about integrating storytime principals into home life. I can’t wait to see what else she posts!

SLC Book Boy has a really fracking cool idea for a pocket on an apron, and all sorts of messy storytime brilliance to go along with it. I also like his brief reviews of how the kids responded to each book. 

Loons and Quines is back with a new post!!!! Thank God. 

Kendra wrote about how she tweaked her storytime to work for 1 year olds. It’s brilliant enough to make me break my rule about posting stuff from the Joint Chiefs. 

That’s it for my, Ninjas. Keep rocking your shit out



The Coolest Thing I Saw on the Internet This Week (and this week needed some cool stuff)

To begin with, Marley was dead. STOP! Wrong story.

Y’all, I had a terrible day AND I spent most of my week reading articles about R. Kelly (important, but not really the material I look for for this post) so I asked Twitter to send me links and I got THIS. Thanks, Twitter. Also this GIF of a hedgehog in a hat. I love you, tweeps.

Dana and Lindsey at Jbrary, who we posilutely adore, made a blogreel and it has blogs I’ve never seen before!!!! It really IS Christmas.

Here are some favorite new finds:

Some mad amazing STEAM storytimes are happening over at Knowledge Matters.

I don’t THINK I’ve visited Never Shushed (great name!!) before, but I will definitely be keeping it in rotation from now on. I love that Claudia talks in-depth about her book choices, and uses Todd Parr, and has the good sense to be a fan of Sturdy for Common Things.

Pop Goes The Page has instructions for some intensely theatrical storytimes.

Storytime Stuff has recently featured some great info about the benefits of signing with kids (and library staff).

Also great this week: Bryce talks about owning the fact that you ARE a reader (I don’t seem to have any trouble with this admission, myself) and this blog post my mom sent me (hi Mom!) about how the way we women talk about ourselves impacts the youngest girls (and boys!) in our lives.

Have an extraordinary yuletide, ninjas! My family reads A Christmas Carol out loud every year, so I will leave you with a very non-denominational, God Bless Us, Every One.*

For Christmas, I got you Captain Pickard as Ebenezer Scrooge. You’re welcome.


*Or the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Or Cthulhu. I’m not picky.

The Coolest Thing I Saw On The Internet (In The Snow)

I hate snow. I do. I grew up in Tucson, where snow falls and it’s very pretty and everyone goes out and plays in it, and it does not make black ice on the roads and you don’t think you’re going to die getting home from work. Also snow is cold. That’s some bullshit.

In order to motivate myself, I’m listening to Night Vale, so if this post gets a little weird(er than usual), blame the snow.

I’m madly in love with this post by Jane at Piper Loves the Library about BRINGING THE NUTCRACKER BALLET to her library. I just. I have goosebumps.

Melissa (Mel’s Desk, @MelissaZD, she of general intense awesome) gave a webinar today on early childhood literacy, and if you missed it you should go listen to the recording because I learned a ton from it, and it’s not like I’m new to this whole deal.

New to me blog Librarianism Chronicles featured an Ancient Egypt storytime that I really dig (hahahaha archaeology puns), possibly because it features my two favorite literary cats, Pete and Skippyjon. This is obviously a school librarian’s storytime, but the interactive educational elements are brilliant and could totally work in a public library.

This is a storytime Wiki. That is neat. This is ANOTHER storytime Wiki. The internet, she is a marvelous broad.

Brooke at Reading with Red/@berasche did a super useful post on how she picked out toys for baby storytime. My favorite part is teaching parents to share.

Remember how just last week Rain Makes Applesauce was posting awesome shit? At it again! This time with a seasonal retelling of a Bill Martin classic.

We here at the Storytime Underground are really, really into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is why I was really excited to see this. . .until I watched it. It might be the worst thing on the internet, so I’m sharing it with you.