There are so many unique roads to librarianship.
I know children’s librarians who are former teachers…along with some who are former lawyers. One colleague did a stint as an archeologist. I, myself, was a television producer (long story!). And some librarians continue to do cool jobs while being a librarian. I’m friends with more than a few crafters extraordinaire, for example.
That’s why my ears perked up at a recent meeting of Ohio Ready to Read (sidebar—great resource for storytime training here) when a committee member mentioned that she’s getting involved in a podcast for kids.
My former producer self was intrigued. How? Why? Where? When?
Let’s start with the “who.” Tara Hutson is the Coordinator of Circulation and Customer Service/Early Literacy Center Branch Manager for the Fairfield County District Library in central Ohio. She is also a fan of the Out There podcast. When the podcast’s creative team announced a new project and said they were looking for people who work with parents and children to help, Hutson spoke up. “As a children’s librarian, I felt like I had those skills and know a lot of families that would enjoy this [podcast],” Hutson explains. “I love that this is a remote position, and I can still work on something I’m passionate about like kids and parents, and the outdoors.”
The result? The upcoming podcast Once Upon a Meadow. Aimed at 4- to 9-year-olds, the stories are meant to engage young people with big questions that matter in their lives by exploring environmental and social justice themes. Each episode will be accompanied by interactive activities meant to foster creativity and learning for young listeners.
Once Upon a Meadow aims to launch in February, and will be available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. Those interested in getting update emails for the launch can register here for more information. You can also check out their website, onceuponameadow.com.
Have you used any podcasts in your library work, or have recommendations for young listeners? Or do you know a librarian with an interesting second job or hobby? Let us know below!
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