Blogger Katie Salo

Storytime & Summer Reading

I bet most of you have your summer reading programs already picked out, but have you considered doing your storytime themes to go along with your summer reading theme? This year, my library is using the Collaborative Summer Library Program‘s theme of “Dream Big…Read!” and I am so excited to do storytime themes relating to the CSLP theme.

I’ve brainstormed a bunch of ideas right here for you:

  • Camping
  • Pajamas
  • Owls
  • Bats
  • Bedtime
  • Stars
  • Moon
  • Space/Astronauts
  • Fireflies
  • Dreams

Of course, I know that not everyone follows the same theme, so I figure this post can be a jumping off-point! If you’re stumped for ideas, leave a comment with your theme and I’m sure we can come up with something! And if you want to share your own ideas, feel free to jump in!

– Katie Salo
Youth Services Manager
Melrose Park Library


  1. Abby

    I was looking through the manual (I found my disc!) yesterday and saw a “Counting Sheep” program, so I’d add sheep to your list. 🙂 OR counting! (I’m all about tying in marginally-related things… 😉

    I’m also planning on doing a “Things That Go Bump in the Night” program, so you could do slightly scary and/or monsters (non-scary!) for storytime.

    1. Monique R

      From Monique, Santa Ana Public Library

      Hi, Abby, I saw your post about doing a “Things That Go Bump in the Night,” program, and I would love to know what that entails!

      I have a few questions:

      Is this a professional performance, or something that you as a professional developed? What is the program about? Do the kids become interactively involved during the program? What is the age group? I would love to develop/nurture more programs for our youth services division – we have a good slate of programming during the year, but if it’s financial feasible, the more the better!

      Thank you,


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