iKids: Adding Tablets & Apps to Your Programs for Young Children, by Lisa Mulvenna

Last week I was invited to speak at the Michigan Library Association’s Spring Institute on the topic of using apps in storytime. This was a great chance to share what I have been doing in my programs for the past 1 ½ years with 75 or so Michigan librarians.

In addition to discussing research and reviews to help librarians find their own apps, I showed off some of my favorites for storytime. For those who were already app savvy, I showed off ideas for taking apps to the next level, including an all app-based storytime (see my Farm Fun program plan here) and app recommendations for your library’s web site. My session handout is linked here.

Based on the feedback that I got, the librarians who attended came out with a lot of good information. In addition, a few librarians stayed afterwards and we had an additional discussion on apps to use at the reference desk, which sounds like another presentation topic!

Lisa Mulvenna is the Head of Youth Services for the Clinton-Macomb Public Library and one of the three co-founders of MiKidLib. You can also find her blogging at http://www.lisaslibraryland.blogspot.com or on Twitter at @lmulvenna.
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About Amy Koester

I'm a youth services librarian with a penchant for exciting ideas and engaging programs. It's a sure bet that if you talk to me about STEAM, whimsy, and trying new things, we'll be best friends forever.

Posted on April 9, 2014, in Apps, Story Time and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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