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5.4.1: Advertise and Address Timing-Related Barriers
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- Highlight that the storytime is free.
- Include photos (taken with a guardian’s consent at a library program) of children interacting with one another and/or with a caregiver – showing caregivers storytimes can provide the socializing they desire for their children.
- Emphasize that library storytimes are a place for kids to have fun while actively learning (rather than a place where children will be shhh-ed and told to sit still).
- Include ways storytimes help children get ready to read and get ready to succeed in school as well as empower caregivers to help children get ready to read and get ready to succeed in school.
- State that storytimes welcome all children who want to be there with space and opportunities for all to enjoy and learn.
Address Timing-Related Barriers
- If it isn’t feasible to add a weekly storytime to the schedule, you could try to change or add one a month that takes place at a non-typical time.
- Three main strategies that libraries have successfully used to provide evening and weekend storytime programs are: adjusting staff schedules, adding more staff, and collaborating with outside presenters and/or trained volunteers (Hughes-Hassel, Agosto, & Sun, 2007).
Provide alternatives to in-person programming.
- The Association for Library Service to Children, Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, and other professionals collaborated to make an online Virtual Storytime Services Guide available at http://www.ala.org/alsc/virtual-storytime-services-resource-guide. Topics covered by this guide include technology, copyright, and diversity.
- Network of the National Library of Medicine [NNLM] have made the hour-long webinar “Virtual Programs for Preschoolers: How to Encourage Wellness, Movement & Creativity” presented by Katie Clausen available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufasFHHdBB8.