What New Media in Storytime Looks Like

Wondering what using apps in early literacy contexts looks like? Little eLit is compiling photo and video examples submitted by librarians who use new media in their services. Tweet at us @littleelit if you have content you’d like to add to this visual resource.

From Carissa Christner:

Carissa ChristnerDuring 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.

From Heather Blake:

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From Rachel Stein and Julie Ranelli:

little red hen-rachel and julieWe used the free iPad app 30 Hands to creatively and collaboratively tell “The Little Red Hen” as part of our Tablet Magic program.  Rachael Stein from ESRL first told “The Gunny Wolf” and showed us a 30 Hands example of “The Three Little Pigs.” Then we worked with props to create scenes and add narration.

Rachael Stein is Information Services Manager at Eastern Shore Regional Library. Julie Ranelli is Children’s/Young Adult Librarian at Queen Anne’s County Free Library.

From Molly Beedon:

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Here’s a picture of me doing storytime with our iPad to a group of kindergartners on our bookmobile.

Molly Beedon is Youth Services Librarian at Ypsilanti District Library.

From Hayley McEwing:


What is not in the picture is that what the child is doing is projected on a large screen for all to see.  This was one station in our Ooey Gooey science program last summer — Jelly Doodle app.

Hayley McEwing, M.L.I.S., works at Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.

From Phyllis Bontrager:

what does the fox say -phyllisWhat does the fox say? Does anyone really know? I thought, “Why don’t I use this crazy song as my theme for pre-school story time?” Watch the video Fox Say! by Phyllis Bontrager (above), and you will find out. To create the video I used iMovie, images from Google, and I also embedded a fox sound into this movie to answer the question. The children and parents danced, laughed and waited quietly to really hear the sound of a fox. What an easy way to share a real environmental sound. I also included a rhyme I made up about five little foxes that went out to play. In this song I used felt board to create the scene and then placed felt board images into Keynote to show them as we sang.

Phyllis Bontrager works at Baltimore County Library.

From Ashley Waring:

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Here I am using the iPad while singing “Wheels on the Bus” during my Sensory Storytime. I found photos of different parts of a bus using Google image search. I then created a photo album on the iPad and just scroll through the images as we sing. As I come to each image, I ask the kids, “What is it?” and they yell out “Wheel!” “Lights!” “Door!” etc. I found that just using the iPad brings so much excitement back to this song that the kids all know and love.

Ashley Waring (waring@noblenet.org) is a Children’s Librarian at the Reading Public Library in Reading, MA.

From Sharon Lanasa:

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See Sharon’s full post here.

From Amy Koester:


I’m reading Safari Animals on the Simms Taback Children’s Book Collection app. Look at all those elephant trunks!

Amy is a children’s librarian at the St. Charles City-County Library District.


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