This fall, I’ve re-vamped my app storytime into Appy Hour! I’m experimenting with different times for evening programs, and families are invited to bring a picnic dinner and eat during the program.
But another team focused on early literacy and media mentorship and using apps in storytime, which is also a passion of mine. They created a video to help librarians become good media mentors and be able to recommend apps and how to use apps to families. They filmed some app storytimes, interviewed parents, and talked with our local expert, Carissa. Oh, and they also interviewed me.
After the less than enthusiastic responses to the print books I read (tried to read) during my first storytimes, I decided to ditch the book and do an entirely digital program for this last one. I did a lot of thinking about what the point of the storytime was:
- to model good apping and joint media engagement to parents
- to address concerns about media use for hesitant families
- to gently steer families who use new media as a babysitter in a different direction
- to provide concrete and quality app recommendations and RA (AA? App Advisory?)
- to provide access to both tech hardware (the iPads) and software (paid apps that they can try before purchasing)
- to provide an alternative format to traditional, book-based storytime for kids who are not developmentally able to handle a regular storytime, no matter how much singing and dancing we do