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Final @cdmsj Books on Screen Pilot; Next Steps for Continued Programs

associationmuseumLast 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.

Attendance:

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

Promo info:

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:

Hello song
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

Books on Screen @cdmsj Children’s Discovery Museum San Jose March 19

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Brett the Books on Screen Photobomber

This set of storytimes had mostly younger kids (0-4ish) in them; each of the programs I did was different because each group had a different kind of energy. I had a storytime plan to use older, different books because the kids last week were older, but I tossed my plan out the window and did material I had done recently that worked well with younger kids.

Attendance:

11 AM show: 76
12 PM show: 33
1 Pm show: 41

Promo info:

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 (all 3 shows were different and did not include all of these, so this is more of a list of resources than storytime plan):

Hello song
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

Activities/Songs:
Felt Board: Blue bird (Smoothie Felt Board App; image, then lyrics in Keynote)
Activity song: See the sleeping bunnies (lyrics in Keynote)
Row Row Row your boat
Farmer Brown had 5 green apples
Zoom zoom zoom
Here’s a little bunny

Apps:
Mr Brown Can Moo, Can you?
Trucks
Trains
Goodnight Moon
Saffy looks for Rain

Blow a kiss
Goodbye rhyme: Clap up high

Books on Screen @cdmsj Children’s Discovery Museum

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This was the second full set of Books on Screen programs at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.

Things I realized during this set of programs:

  1. I have always had trouble with pacing; I’m a very bouncy, high-energy person and it takes a lot of work for me to slow down and move at the pace of the children (and parents) in the room. When I first started working with apps in storytime I often got annoyed when it took too long for an app to load, or for pages to turn within the app. But now I realize that this might actually be a blessing in disguise because I am forced to slow down and wait for the app before barreling through the story again. I mentioned this in a workshop I co-lead on Friday and we all marveled at how this cutting edge, fast-moving technology is actually forcing some of us to slow down.
  2. Even if we assume screen time is a bad thing all around and that kids get too much of it, using apps in storytime is a way that you can insert a real, live bouncy person into the kid-plus-screen equation. We can model for parents that they really can read an app to their children in the same way they could read a book. We can take what might become bad media consumption habits and make them interactive, face-to-face family time.

Attendance:

11 AM show: 64
12 PM show: 34
1 Pm show: 39

Promo info:

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:

Hello song
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
App: Mr Brown Can Moo, Can you?
Felt Board: Blue bird (Smoothie Felt Board App; image, then lyrics in Keynote)
App: Llama Llama Red Pajama App (I used the App this week; last week I used the iBook)
Activity song: See the sleeping bunnies (lyrics in Keynote)
App: Trains
Zoom zoom zoom
App: The Very Cranky Bear
Here’s a little bunny
Blow a kiss
Goodbye rhyme: Clap up high