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Media mentorship, apps in storytime, and a video, oh my!

This year, I participated in iLead, a state wide leadership technology initiative, with a fabulous team that created WisCode Literati. It is awesome, check it out.

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.

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Stellar stories: books + art (the synesthesia edition)

Stellar stories is a new after school storytime for big kids program. I read a few books and then the kids get to do some sort of art project. I was already doing this for one of our local after school groups, and this year I opened it up to all kids. I’m excited for the chance to share some of the longer and more advanced picture books with older kids (K and up).

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Bilingual storytime: Estamos en un libro!

My bilingual family storytimes all follow the same outline, and I fill in the blanks with books, flannel stories, apps and activities!

Although this program had a low attendance, I wrangled some older kids who were hanging out in the children’s room this evening with the promise of cookies and Mo Willems, and they LOVED this fun classic.

Book: Estamos en un libro!/We are in a book! by Mo Willems.

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As I do, I read first in English, then in Spanish. One older girl translated to English as I read the Spanish version, and I was impressed with her combined Spanish/remembering skills. Continue reading Bilingual storytime: Estamos en un libro!

Apps alone: a NEW new media storytime

This was my last new media storytime of the summer (read about the first and second), and about the same time that I started really thinking about what I wanted to offer in the fall.

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

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New media storytime, the second

I talk about my first new media evening storytime here, and I had my second iteration of this program last month, with some of the kinks worked out and double the attendance!

I introduced the program this time merely by explaining what we were going to do and talking about book apps to start.

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Book App: Red in Bed. One of the kids discovered the hidden white color (and accompanying note) when she was playing with the app afterward, and was super proud to show me. Continue reading New media storytime, the second