We all know that storytime is a core service for all libraries, but I’m here today to encourage you to go beyond storytime. Here’s the top seven reasons why I think there should be special programming for preschoolers.
1. Not every family can make it to storytime. Maybe there’s a time conflict or school conflict, whatever the reason, offering more programming options help meet patron needs.
2. We can’t do everything in a forty-five minute storytime. There’s not enough to play at every storytime, so programs like Toddler Drive-Ins and Family Fort Nights can also encourage imaginative play.
3. The library is a place to explore new concepts and to have new experiences. What better way than to try a new program once every season for your patrons?
4. Trying new programming can professionally recharge and refresh a librarian’s perspective. In a year-round storytime schedule, these preschool programs can be a breath of fresh air.
5. Preschoolers are curious little sponges, waiting to soak up information and now is the time to introduce STEAM concepts and open-ended art projects, among so many other ideas.
7. And most importantly, because we do it for every other age group. Do you stop at only a reading-based program for grades K-5th? No. So, give those preschoolers the same opportunities as every kid in your library.
If you have more reasons to add to the list, feel free to leave a comment! And if you’re stuck on ideas, check out this previous ALSC post where I talked about some ideas.
– Katie Salo
Youth Services Manager
Melrose Park Library