Last week I completed the final program in a series of digital storytelling pilot programs at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. We are planning an ongoing set of programs (perhaps once or twice monthly) which will be sponsored by Bookboard. I’m working with Bookboard to both manage their library (traditional librarian stuff like weeding the bad stuff and acquiring more of the good stuff) and also experimenting with using their platform as a storyteller’s tool within libraries and/or other institutions that provide early literacy programming. I’ll post promo materials etc once we have our next steps all figured out.
For all my colleagues reading this post (children’s librarians or library school students), I highly recommend working with a children’s museum if you haven’t already. In my experience, they run their organizations very differently from libraries, they have a much more user-centric philosophy than what we’re used to in libraries, and they exist to create spaces where children learn (not where they are “taught;” where they LEARN). Libraryland could learn a lot from museumland. Also, the people who work there are often really quirky, open minded and creative. Reach out to a children’s museum, on your own time if you have to (that’s what I’m doing!)
Trust me, it’s worth it for the learning experience, and they may even have a better storytelling facility than yours. Bust your own paradigm and go to a kid’s museum. Tell them you’re a librarian, set up an appointment or informational interview with the director and ask for a tour of the place. Check out the Association of Children’s Museums, too; they have a lot of great resources for things like play spaces, interactivity, STEM, best practices and training.
I had mostly young kids for these programs, so we slowed our songs down, repeated them more times and did 3 books instead of the 4 I had planned.
11 AM show: 78
12 PM show: 25
1 Pm show: 71
Books on Screen Interactive Storytime
Preschool storytime with a digital twist
Saturday, March 2nd, Thursday, March 14th, Tuesday, March 19th and 26th
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Children’s Librarian Cen Campbell incorporates apps and eBooks into a traditional preschool storytime to support early literacy and language development. This format provides children and caretakers a better view of the books while modeling positive media behavior and helping parents understand how to maintain a balanced media diet in an increasingly digital world. Come and learn new songs and rhymes, and read classic and contemporary picture books on the big screen!
What I did:
Parent talking point: Why ”Books on Screen”? Because it’s a children’s librarian’s job to recommend the best books there are in ANY format! These are some good apps you can share with your children!
Wiggle my fingers
Blue Hat, Green Hat
Activity song: Row row row your boat to the orchard
Farmer Brown had 5 green apples
The Very Hungry Bear
Felt Board: Blue bird (Smoothie Felt Board App; image, then lyrics in Keynote)
The Wrong Book
Activity song: See the sleeping bunnies (Smoothie Felt Board App; image, then lyrics in Keynote))
Blow a kiss
Goodbye rhyme: Clap up high