Blogger Katie Salo

Creating Traditions at Storytime

I spoke a little bit about our new storytime mascot, Applesauce, on my last post here at the ALSC blog. Today I want to spend a little bit of time talking about why I decided to get a storytime mascot — to create a storytime tradition at my library. My library is a medium sized public library, just two towns away from a library school, and it’s located in a very urban area. All of this, I believe, leads to a lot of job roll-over and changes in our staffing. Since I’ve been at the library, *SIX* different librarians/library assistants have been in charge of storytime duties. When I took over storytime in the fall of 2009, I wanted to first get my bearings, build our attendance numbers, and then I wanted to re-assess what was needed. Once I accomplished those first goals, I really found that what my community…