I hate to admit it, but I sometimes get bored of the same old storytime themes. There are points in each of my storytime sessions that I cannot even think of giving the traditional seasonal storytime. Where if I look at one more book about birds or bears, I will throw my hands up in the air.
That’s when I decide to pull out the unusual storytime ideas; the ones that I’m not sure are really going to work.
Some themes make me work harder; especially last fall when I began planning opposites storytime. Books were the easiest part and, for me, always are. But finding extension activities and a craft led to some creative solutions:
I keep trying to push the envelope by working with new themes as often as I can: shapes, hello/goodbye, and playtime to name a few.
And some of my unusual themes have actually made planning storytimes easier. This past month, I’ve been doing a weekly storytime for a local daycare and I choose to do a different color each week instead of rehashing my weekly storytimes. For the color red I had stories about apples, pizzas, the little red hen, and firetrucks. This made planning a breeze!
I’m always on the look-out for a fun and original storytime theme. Do you have any ideas to pass on? What storytimes have you done at your library that are unusual?
— Katie Salo, Youth Services Manager
Melrose Park Public Library
Melrose Park, IL