I recently started a brand spankin’ new job as the head of a children’s department with a staff of me (full time) and three other part time people. In this position I will be doing all of the storytimes, and as it stands right now that includes one storytime a week for ages 0-35 months and one storytime a week for pre-school. I started my new job on a Monday and then had my FIRST EVER baby storytime on Tuesday. I wasn’t totally in the dark as I used to nanny and we’d go to baby storytime every week so I’ve seen them a few times and I’ve planned a few for my previous job (but no one came). BUT it was still nerve wrecking actually going about it and knowing there will be babies there.
So I went to all of my internet librarian friends on twitter and they were amazing:
The girls at @jbrary are amazing and perfect and sent me a short novel of pointers:
@Jbrary: @theemegnificent Babytimes are the BEST! Maybe keep it simple for 1st one – some fingerplays, lap bounces, lifting songs. You’ll be great!
@Jbrary: @theemegnificent Here’s what works well for our smaller groups but TBH babytimes are so dependent on your group. http://jbrary.com/changing-landscape-babytime/ …
@Jbrary: @theemegnificent We’ve seen them done is so many different ways, and all are successful! Just stay open-minded and you’re golden.
We started a bit of a Mel’s Desk fan club: (which is awesome and I’ve definitely used numerous times!)
@lmulvenna: @theemegnificent I totally stole one of @MelissaZD ‘s. Then as I got more comfortable, I added in my own stuff.
@erinisinire: @theemegnificent Have FUN! Repetition is good! @MelissaZD was a HUGE resource for me when I first started! Sing Sing Sing!
And then Mel herself joined in:
@MelissaZD: @theemegnificent @lmulvenna Yay babies! Don’t be afraid to repeat your rhymes & songs 2 or 3 times. Don’t be afraid to stop at 15-20″. :)
And Brooke Rasche, newest member of the Storytime Underground team, awesome person and beer-drinking partner who I wish I got to see more than just when I go home a couple times a year:
@berasche: @theemegnificent Make everyone introduce themselves and give a “fun fact” about their baby. It helps you remember their name & breaks ice
Also I was told by @librarylady2u and @lmulvenna to include bubbles, which I attempted but the bubble solution was a total failure…
and @katietweetsya had the BRILLIANT idea to let parents/caregivers know where the nearest bathroom w/ changing tables is!
ALSO, because she is SO GREAT, @lizpatsanders e-mailed me two storytime plans she has used for baby storytime!
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SERIOUSLY YOU ARE ALL AMAZING AND I LOVE YOU ALL AND I ALSO LOVE THE INTERNET.
Since I am a new librarian I’ve never not been able to just hop on twitter, ALATT on facebook, or look on the endless amounts of awesome children’s librarians blogs. I feel so lucky to have developed such a great Personal Learning Network and look forward to hopefully meeting all of these fantastic and intelligent librarians in the future :)