My library has a very exciting new storytime series going on this summer: Sunset Stories. This weekly evening storytime is a drop-in program taking place on the library’s lawn for all ages. But what makes this program special in my opinion is that the staff will be rotating storytime duties and all Youth Services employees were offered the chance to plan and perform their own week of Sunset Stories.
I love this for a number of reasons:
- It gives all of our staff the chance to develop their storytime skills. We have paraprofessionals, new professionals, managers, librarians, and associates all doing storytime this summer. This is furthering the development of our staff by adding another skill to their repertoire or giving them a chance to step out of their normal job responsibilities.
- It’s giving our patrons the opportunity to see a new storyteller every week. This will keep the program fresh and exciting. Additionally, it’s letting them see what a talented and varied staff we have.
- While I’m still coordinating the entire session (by making handouts and developing a few repeating elements), it’s taking the entire program off of my shoulders. I’m already doing four other storytimes a week and it’s beyond nice to be able to have help and feel supported!
I kicked off tonight’s inaugural session in our rain location and had a great time reading interactive books with the families. I hope that next week’s group and storytime performer get to enjoy the amazing summer weather I know Illinois has to offer!
Have you ever rotated a storytime series between different performers? Let me know!
– Katie Salo
Early Literacy Librarian
Indian Prairie Public Library