I regularly present programs created for early learners (children ages 0-6).
I plan and create storytimes for various ages inside and outside the library. In the library, I fill in for other librarians, conducting Rhyme Time (ages 2-3.5), Preschool Storytime (ages 3.5-6), Wonderworks (STEAM-themed storytime for ages 3-6), Yoga Tales (yoga-themed storytime for ages 3-6), and Tales at Ten (family storytime). Outside of the library, I visit the Westerville Early Learning Center and Kindergarten classrooms to present preschool and kindergarten storytimes.
When presenting in-library storytimes, I use the library’s Smartboard to provide attendees with the text to rhymes and songs and to show apps, Tumblebooks, and videos. A sample preschool presentation is shown below:
I create props, flannel sets, and materials for storytime use. I enjoy using props and storytelling techniques to introduce attendees to a different way of hearing a story. George is one of my most popular storytime props. He is used to retell the story Bark George using additional puppets.
Some of the flannel sets I have created can be viewed below:
In September 2016, I ran a Pirate Party for 75 patrons ages 3-7 to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day. After a group pirate training session, attendees visited six stations to become honorary pirates.
I used this presentation to teach attendees how to talk like a pirate, act like a pirate, and dress like a pirate:
After the presentation, attendees moved to the different stations where they created pirate spyglasses, walked the plank, fed a shark, completed a simple scavenger hunt, pinned the eyepatch on a pirate, and earned their pirate certificate. Patrons followed their treasure maps to complete each station:
See photos of the program here:
Stuffed Animal Sleepover
I ran a Stuffed Animal Sleepover for 30 stuffed animals (and their owners) in October 2016. After a drop-off storytime, attendees left their stuffed friends at the library overnight and picked up their friends the next day.
The storytime presentation can be viewed here:
Each attendee took home a scrapbook including pictures of the stuffed animals shenanigans. A sample scrapbook is visible here:
Pictures of the event can be found by clicking on the picture below or clicking here:
Parents sent in feedback about how much they enjoyed this program:
“Thank you for putting this program on! My kids loved it so much. Your hard work on the pictures was so nice. Thank you again.” – Sarah Hegemier“I just have to tell you how great this was. Such a cute idea and my 4 year old absolutely loved it! Thank you!!” – Kim“Thank you for spending so much time and effort in taking those adorable pictures of the stuffed animals and writing those funny captions too! My girls enjoyed looking through the pictures and “reading” what their stuffed animals (Ellie the duck & Dum-Dum the monkey) and their friends did last night! It was such a great experience! Thank you again!” – Elaine
As part of our efforts to assist with early literacy skills, Westerville Library hosts an Imagination Station in our youth department. The theme of this station changes each month and includes different ways for patrons to interact with the department and develop their play and imagination skills.
As part of my Superhero Headquarters imagination station, patrons could:
- Complete a Superhero Scavenger Hunt
- Discover more resources about superheroes inside and outside the library
- Create their superhero mask
- Create their superhero symbol
- Pretend to be a superhero using dress up clothes and props
- Spin a wheel to discover their superpower
- Color various superhero coloring sheets
Some of the resources I created can be seen below:
Additional images of my Superhero Imagination Station are provided below: