Fall storytimes kick off in about a month which means it's time to get my head back in the game after summer reading. I always start planning at the beginning, with storytime basics. Books, songs, puppets, flannel boards, etc.It's important to me to try to keep the essence and foundation of story time the same as it's always been. I like the idea that a child can move to a new area and visit the local library, and easily recognize and acclimate to a story time. The same goes for adults and grandparents as caregivers. It's reassuring bringing a grandchild to storytime, (generations between them), and know what to expect. The vision of "storytime" hasn't changed much over the last 60 years.
Last spring I had been infusing more and more iPad technology into my storytimes with tremendous success. As I began my planning this season I am really excited about the apps that I've decided to bring into it as well. New technology has opened the door to some great things. One of my newest favorites is the Sock Puppets app. Yes it has a charge, but when you think about the cost vs. the application for this in storytime it is PRICELESS. I can not WAIT to use this to introduce weekly themes, etc.. I never imagined I could use an app for puppets! What amazing thinking "inside" the box. I'll let you know how it works..