Although I started my new position in January, February was the first full month I conducted my brand new family storytime. I do four non-registered family storytimes a week, Tuesday-Friday mornings. Each morning, I load up my big yellow cart with everything I need for storytime (HA! I ALWAYS forget at least something) and trundle over to the library’s community meeting room.
The registered storytimes are concurrent with mine, and they are in the children’s programming room, so I get to do mine in the community room.
Just like the registered storytimes, my drop-in storytimes have nametags, laminated paper and we use dry erase markers to write the kids’ names on them. I am neutral on the use of the nametags–they are a lot of prep and upkeep, but the kids do seem to like them, so for now I will continue to use them.
The storytime lasts around 30-35 minutes, and I give the kids a coloring page at the end. We don’t do crafts at any of our storytimes–we serve too many kids and can’t afford the materials for crafts. Also, there is simply no time for the registered storytimes to do crafts, as there are at least two storytimes each morning in the same room.
And here are my February statistics–277 kids, 167 adults. That’s 444 people in just my storytimes in February! What a month! I am overjoyed to be doing storytimes again. I have found the biggest challenge to be prep time. I work 20 hours a week, and with half of that each week spent doing storytimes, as well as set up and clean up, and most of the rest spent on the public service desk, I end up doing quite a bit of work at home. Now, I need to concentrate on continuing to grow those numbers!