On Friday at 3 p.m., a group of intrepid youth services librarians invaded the Uncommons at the convention hall to stage a Guerrilla Storytime. The goal: engage the audience in as many ways as possible. For youth services librarians in attendance, the event would spark ideas and conversation. For all other librarians in the space, the storytime would demonstrate that storytime programs are complex, living organisms–you can plan all you want, but you’ve got to be ready for anything.
A number of fantastic topics came up during the event, from shaker songs to tips for adding play and singing in the library. I for one got a whole page’s worth of ideas for new storytime elements and strategies. Many of the attendees and participants are youth services bloggers, and we’ll be sharing our take-aways on our own blogs in the coming days. Suffice it to say that there are many shades of storytime experts, and I know I can learn from all of them.
Are you in Chicago but missed the Friday Guerrilla Storytime? Fret not! There’s another Guerrilla Storytime in the Uncommons today (Saturday) at 3 p.m. There will be lots of new people to meet, new storytime challenges, and new things to learn. Stop by to observe, participate, go bananas–who knows what storytime will bring?