Currently, at my library we are on a storytime break! That means for two weeks, I will not be doing my regular morning storytime session. We have five sessions a year of seven or eight weeks. [For those interested, these are the sessions that I traditionally do: Winter (Dec-Jan), Spring I (late Feb-Mar), Spring II (mid Apr-May), Summer (mid Jun-early Aug), and Fall (Sept-Oct).]
As the only librarian in my library who does storytime (and that’s not my only responsibility!), these breaks give me time to re-cooperate from one session and to plan the next session in its entirety. Also, it gives me time to cull our registration list — if patrons are signed up but do not attend any weeks during the session, I’m able to move people up on our waitlist.
Recently, I’ve been wondering about whether other small libraries take storytime breaks like this and why you might do so! Do any mid-sized or large libraries also take storytime breaks? Let me know in the comments!
– Katie Salo
Youth Services Manager
Melrose Park Library