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The Dreaded Storytime Audition

You’ve made it!  You actually survived the application process and phone interview. Now you have that opportunity to shine in front of a real audience of some library staff.  Perhaps the library has assembled some families with young children.  This final interview for the children’s library job you want includes a storytime audition. Having been on the giving and receiving ends of these mini-events, begs the question; what makes a good story time?  Hiring managers want to know, and so do hands-on administrators who want to the best possible staff.  Being the former, and faced with the requirement to prepare the later for what they will observe, I needed a way to make sense of it all.  I needed something to validate my emotional reaction that said, “This is the person we should hire!” None of what follows is particularly original on my part, but rather an amalgam of stuff learned the hard way over…