Infiniscroll for Telling Stories, by Carissa Christner
I’ve been playing with apps at my library for a few months now. I use them most frequently in my Preschool Storytime. The apps that feel like the most natural fit are book-based apps because in essence, they’re just a REALLY big “Big Book” with a few moving parts. Occasionally, when I’m feeling brave, or if I’ve found an app that I’m just so excited about that I have to share it with my storytime families, I’ll try out a non-book-based app.
Recently, I did a storytime about fairytales and, although there are a ton of classic fairy tales retold in app version, I really wanted to introduce a new app I’d discovered called “Infiniscroll.” This is a unique storytelling app in which you choose 5 pictures to stack on a sort of virtual “totem pole,” and then you can create (with the option to record) a story that goes along with the 5 images you’ve chosen. I was a bit nervous about the live improv-storytelling concept, so I practiced using the app a few times at home with my son for his bedtime story. (We took turns telling the story. He loved it! Check out our story in the video below.)
During my fairytales storytime, I introduced the app by talking to everyone about how, before they were written down with words, stories were simply told and passed down from person to person. I also talked about how all of the fairytales that we read (and indeed ALL books) were stories that at some point came out of someone’s imagination. I then reminded the kids that each of them have an imagination that they can use to create a new story, but sometimes it’s hard to come up with an idea for a story and that’s where Infiniscroll comes in handy. I had the kids help me choose which images to “lock” into our story’s totem pole, and then I told a story (I didn’t bother to record it) about the images they had chosen. It was a lot of fun to use this app in storytime, and I’m looking forward to future developments from Infiniscroll.
Carissa Christner is a librarian in Wisconsin.