Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries

Stuffed Animal Sleepovers at the Library

One of my favorite annual programs at the library is our Stuffed Animal Sleepover. This special storytime gives kids a chance to play the role of caregiver as they lead their stuffed animal friends through an evening storytime. Then they tuck their friends into bed and leave their stuffed animals to spend the night at the library.

Programming Ideas

Thinking Big in Children’s Programming

As my library prepares for our second Stuffed Animal Sleepover, I was prompted to think about library events on a grand scale. Two months ago my library participated in the Star Wars Reads Day festivities on October 6. The nationwide celebration was a huge success and we welcomed over 1500 patrons to the Children’s Library that Saturday. Many libraries and museums around the country use their spaces to hold special events from weddings to scavenger hunts. I’m aware that these examples are usually hosted by outside companies, but what if once a year the children’s department went all out for one major event? Taking inspiration from a few of my library’s heavy hitters, here are two possible big-ticket programs for your children’s department to consider. Traditionally our library has held an event each January called Nutmeg @ Night, for the Connecticut children’s book award. This celebration is an opportunity for…