Library staff who provide children’s programs including storytimes often job shadow their colleagues to learn how to develop and deliver engaging programming. Several public libraries provide storytime learning tools for parents and they are great starting points for staff who want to research more in-depth information on the topic. The resources below include guides, videos and articles and check out the other links within each of the articles.
Each At Home Storytime guide follows a theme, and consists of songs with video links, video read alouds (or the option to use a book from your home library), plus two to three activities for you to try at home. Below is a sample of some of the resources available on the At Home website. Click on the main link for the complete set of guides and useful information.
Jbrary’s excellent guides and resources and links to blogs with storytime outlines and ideas. The following links are a sample of the available guides.
Our Babytime Series:
- Welcoming Activities at Babytime
- Favourite Fingerplays and Tickles
- Favourite Lap Bounces
- Focus on Newborns
- Favourite Dancing Songs
- Favourite Books for Baby Storytime
- Using Scarves and Egg Shakers with Babies
- Using a Parachute with Babies
- Putting it All Together: A Baby Storytime Program
The State Library developed a series of videos to assist with early literacy training.
Participants will gain:
- a stronger understanding of early literacy learners and what prepares them for success
- many children’s book examples highlighting the features that support growth in early literacy skills and knowledge
- new tools to further enhance programming, outreach, and collection development related to Ready to Read at New York Libraries’ goals
Raising the Bar is a four-part training series that hopes to connect early childhood development to public librarianship and was previously only available as a train-the-trainer resource.
Learn more about New York Public Library’s new early literacy training resource, “Raising the Bar.” Raising the Bar is a four-part training series that hopes to connect early childhood development to public librarianship.
In this webinar, participants will learn how the library can welcome, celebrate, and support families with new babies, helping them to develop an early and lifelong love of libraries.
An Introduction to STEM in Preschool Library Programming: What It Is, Why Do It, and How to Get Started
Explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts in preschool, why to include this content in library storytimes and programs, and how to get started.
Whether you are new to developing and offering storytimes or a seasoned provider with years of experience, this free program will help you to deepen and enhance your services to young children and their families.
An excellent selection of you will find links to already-existing pages on the web with ideas and instructions for programs for patrons of all ages and demographics. Including links for babies and toddlers, school-aged kids, tweens, teens, adults, older adults, multicultural program ideas and French program ideas. A sampling of the links is listed below.
Babies and Toddlers
- Welcome to Kindergarten
- Special Access Browsing for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Sensory-Enhanced Storytime
Saroj Ghoting is an Early Childhood Literacy Consultant and national trainer on early literacy. Resources available on the site include early literacy research, storytime resources (kits, plans and ideas), handouts and activities, programs and tools, parent handout resources, videos, and storytime share.
A collection of resources that you can use to incorporate early literacy into your storytimes. Many of the resources on the State Library site are annotated lists of links to other sites. The tools have been carefully chosen and they are of high quality.
The Ohio Ready to Read website promotes literacy for young readers and videos on a variety of training topics will be helpful to anyone in the library field.
These free webinar recordings on early literacy and library programming are helpful for library workers new to children’s services, and those who are looking for new ideas in programming for young children:
- Virtual Storytime: Successes and Challenges – This webinar provides tips and tricks for creating online storytimes with ease.
- Getting Started with Virtual Storytimes – Includes book selection and copyright, technology and social media tools, strategies for accessibility and inclusion, early literacy activities, and ideas for promotion. Run time 1 hr. 45 min. Free registration on the WebJunction website is required to view this recording.
- Virtual Storytimes for Preschoolers: How to Encourage Wellness, Movement & Creativity – Explores ways to create wellness activities digitally for children 0-6. Run time 57 min.
- Best Storytime Practices Topics include Act It Out and Play; In a Galaxy Far, Far Away; Touch the Brightest Star; Storytime Is Your Time to Shine!; Full Body Storytime: and Put the Book Down and Engage! Scroll down the Library of Michigan webinars page to “Youth Services” to see all the links. Handouts for these webinars are also available.
- Every Child Ready to Read – Ten webinars cover topics from ECRR basics to mixed-age storytimes to family engagement and more. Scroll down the Library of Michigan webinars page to “Every Child Ready to Read” to see all the links.
- Storytime 101: Rethinking the Basics – With presenter Brooke Newberry, hosted by YSS Powerhouse, a service of the Wisconsin Library Association.
- Let’s Talk About Race in Storytimes – With presenter Jessica Anne Bratt, hosted by the Washington State Library.
- Successful Programming for Babies and Toddlers – Presented by Kendra Jones and Brooke Newberry, hosted by Infopeople, the LSTA-funded training arm of the California State Library.
- Block Play: Building a Foundation of Early Learning in the Library – Presented by Pamela Martin-Díaz and Marra Honeywell, hosted by the Indiana State Library.
- Building Early Literacy Skills with Babies – Presented by Stephanie Prato, hosted by the Central New York Library Resources Council.
- Engaging Toddlers in Active Early Learning Presented by Stephanie Prato, hosted by the Central New York Library Resources Council.
- Infusing Preschool Early Literacy with STEAM, Music, and Movement – Presented by Stephanie Prato, hosted by the Central New York Library Resources Council.
Blogger Katie Salo describes how her library developed and successfully implemented a storytime (and programming!) training plan. The sections in the plan include the four-part storytime training plan. The four sections are the training plan, observation, performing and feedback and more observations and planning. Katie’s follow-up article Teaching Early Literacy to Library Staff provides more details on her self-developed training course.
Get Ready to Read – This resource is designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten. Intended for use with all children, the resources and information provided on this site promote skill-building, communication between adults, and ways to address concerns.
Get Ready to Read Early Literacy Webinars – Each 60-minute webinar, designed for early childhood educators, child care providers, and families, will provide participants with a sampler introducing them to the free online BUILDING BLOCKS program.