Category Archives: Training and Mentoring

On Customer Service (and the Southwest Skycap)

This past September, I had the opportunity to attend the 2012 ALSC Institute in Indianapolis. It was an amazing experience and I learned something new from every program I attended. But I also had some great “aha” moments outside of … Continue reading

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Creating Literacy Activities and Messages for Storytime

(Sheesh. Sorry about that post title!) One of my favorite things about baby storytime is being able to give literacy tips and encouragement to the parents and caregivers. For the past five years or so, my library has been using … Continue reading

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On Finding Your Tribe (and the TSA Agent)

This past September, I had the opportunity to attend the 2012 ALSC Institute in Indianapolis. It was an amazing experience and I learned something new from every program I attended. But I also had some great “aha” moments outside of … Continue reading

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No Shoulda Woulda Couldas Allowed

At our ALSC presentation, we shared what our answers to the Big Storytime Questions were, in the form of our storytime competencies, our observation forms, and our training sequence, all of which are derived from our library’s strategic direction and … Continue reading

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Storytime Questions and Storytime Goals

So last week I asked you to weigh in on the questions Lori and I asked during our ALSC session. The questions are: Why does your library have storytime? What makes a good storytime? What’s an important quality in a … Continue reading

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Big Storytime Question #5

OK, you’ve actually already answered all the questions Lori and I asked at our ALSC session. Thank you for all the thoughtful responses! But as I was scheduling these posts, ANOTHER Big Storytime Question occurred to me, so I’m slipping … Continue reading

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Big Storytime Question #4

It’s Big Storytime Question Week! Here are Questions One, Two, and Three. The final question my boss and I asked at our ALSC presentation was: What would you change about storytime at your library? If you were in charge, what … Continue reading

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Big Storytime Question #3

The Big Storytime Questions this week are the questions Lori and I posed at the beginning of our ALSC session…we had great responses from the attendees but I’m always ready to hear more! Check out Question #1 and Question #2 … Continue reading

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Big Storytime Question #2

This week I’m inviting you guys to share your answers to the storytime questions my boss and I raised in our ALSC presentation last week! The first question was, “Why does your library have storytime?” The second question is: What … Continue reading

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The Handout I Should Have Handed Out

I just got back from the amazing ALSC Institute and my brain is buzzing with all sorts of things to share with you (so much so that I’ve already today posted a draft that I meant to go live later … Continue reading

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