I’m entering my third year of being a librarian! That means I’ve got about two years of Spanish story time under my belt, and it really does get easier. Today went well because I remembered to hide the spaceship before story time (pro tip: spaceship tents are more interesting than anything you can plan), used a winning combo of story time songs, and selected fun and engaging stories.
I’ve learned most of what I know about collection development from hands on observation of selectors at work.
From those observations, I’ve learned collection development styles can vary a lot. As one data-driven selector told me, “Some people have a gut. I don’t.” Fortunately, circulation data and spreadsheets have allowed me to roughly approximate a gut.
Not every book I choose for story time is a winner. Sometimes they’re too long. Sometimes they don’t have enough excitement. My story time crew tends to be little – ones and twos – so toddler friendly picks are a must. (I save my favorite preschool titles for outreach!) Every book that meets the bar for repeating gets marked with a ‘y’ in my handy dandy Spanish story time planning spreadsheet.
Two recent ganadores just happen to make the perfect “lizard” story time! I’ll run with a theme when I can, but it’s more important to me that the books are great choices. (Jbrary has a great post on how to develop story time flow over story time themes. )
In October 2018, I was featured in a staff profile at my library. If you’re curious about what I do as a bilingual librarian, take a look at the interview originally published on the library’s website.
The week before my wedding, I came up with a display idea for the children’s room. Not just any idea – an interactive, ties in with the strategic plan, incorporates data literacy display. You know, the week when I should be prepping my carts for ordering, and cleaning my desk, and spending all my mental energy staying calm-ish?
Fortunately, my amazing supervisor and coworkers encouraged me to work on the idea when I got back.
Over 200 kids and adults have made tiny Charmanders, Squirtles, Bulbasaurs, Pokeballs, and – of course – Pikachu at the Ann Arbor District Library. The attendees used oven-bake clay to create, rather than capture, their favorite Pokemon.
Over the course of this summer, I was alternately a summer activity superhero, library information expert, and selector of library materials. Of all my activities, organizing events for the library was the most rewarding: between 10 programs, I was able to serve 340 children, teens, and adults.