Some days my storytimes run smoothly. Other days I think things are going great and then there’s a wrench in my plans-my books don’t arrive in time, I’m out of a craft supply I need, I need to switch my storytime because I’ve ended up with the opposite age group than I was expecting. And while it’s always great when a storytime goes wonderfully. it’s also okay to mess up.
I was recently reading Hello, Day by Anita Lobel to my preschool storytime group. I had already read it earlier in the morning for toddlers and was glancing down at each page to see what animal it was, but was most reciting the book from memory. I turned the page and said “the pig said, ‘oink, oink, oink” to which my preschoolers excitedly oinked right along with me. Then a grandma called out, “Miss Sarah, that’s a cow!” I looked down at the page, laughed and said “well, that’s why Miss Sarah shouldn’t read upside down!” The kids went right along with my mistake and the adults laughed along with me.
Or there was the time I was singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” to my toddler crowd and was happily singing and leading the group, only to realize I had mixed up the words! I laughed it off and started over and told the group, “see, even librarians mess up sometimes!”
And that’s why I think it’s okay and maybe even important to let our mistakes happen. It shows that we’re not perfect, that we too can mess up the words to a book we’ve read a dozen times, or a song we’ve known since childhood. It’s okay to mess up-it shows our kids that mistakes can happen and we can move on. It shows our parents that they don’t have to be perfect at singing or reading aloud.
So go ahead and smile, laugh and move on and remember it’s all good.