Early Learners

I regularly present programs for early learners (children ages 0-6).

Storytime

In the library, I present Wee Wonders, storytime for ages 0-2, weekly. I occasionally fill in for other librarians by presenting Rhyme Time Storytime (ages 2-3.5), Preschool Storytime (ages 3.5-6), Wonderworks (STEAM-themed storytime for ages 3-6), and Yoga Tales (yoga-themed storytime for ages 4-6).  Outside of the library, I present storytimes to students at the Westerville Early Learning Center, local preschools, and Westerville City School kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms.

When presenting in-library storytimes, I use the library’s Smartboard to provide attendees with the words to the books, songs, rhymes, and activities we are exploring that week.

This is a sample powerpoint used in August 2018 at my Wee Wonders baby storytime:

This is a sample powerpoint used in September 2018 at my Rhyme Time toddler storytime:

All of my storytimes include a combination of books, early literacy tips, songs, rhymes, physical props, flannels, puppets, and musical instruments.

After the “storytime” portion of these programs, I include a “Discovery Time” open-ended, age-appropriate play session focused on STEM and sensory discovery, parent-child interaction, and fine and gross motor skills. These play periods include a variety of activities that parents can often replicate at home for little to no cost.

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Programs

Paw Patrol Rescue Academy

In March 2019, 300 Paw Patrol fans took over the Westerville Public Library. I coordinated a one-hour Paw Patrol program, where participants participated in eight activities before completing the final challenge (rescuing Chickaletta) and earning their Paw Patrol hat and badge.

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Kindergarten Countdown

In September and October 2017, I co-ran Kindergarten Countdown, a 5-week program focusing on preschoolers entering kindergarten in fall 2018. Each week, we provided activities and apps focusing on a different core literacy skill (reading, writing, playing, talking, singing) and encouraged parents and children to work together. Parents took home materials to allow them to recreate these and other activities, so they could continue to prepare their preschooler for kindergarten outside of the library.

Each week, we began each session with an overview of how the program worked, the importance of that week’s skill, and information about that week’s activities and apps.

 

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

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In October 2016, I ran a Stuffed Animal Sleepover. After a drop-off storytime, attendees left their stuffed friends at the library overnight and picked up their friends the next day.

Pictures of the event can be found by clicking on the picture below or by clicking here.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

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

Passive Programming

Westerville Library hosts a monthly Imagination Station in the 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.

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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 a superhero mask
  • Create a 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 many of my Imagination Stations are provided below:

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