Story time was packed — and I mean packed — this morning! We’re talking 40-ish kids under the age of six! Despite the large number, the children were under control and interested in listening to the stories.
BUT, the librarian who was leading story time seemed unprepared. First, she didn’t know the tunes to the songs she was leading (that were projected onto a screen). Second, she didn’t read the author or illustrator’s names after reading the title of each of the three books she read aloud. Third, she misread many of the words in the stories. Seeing as the stories were projected on to the screen I, personally, found this to be distracting. Fourth, and the most egregious to me, she didn’t engage the kids in the story! At the end of the story she either moved on to a song or said, “That was a nice book.” No reflective questions or things for the kids to think about. In addition, she didn’t do a single think aloud when she read the picture books aloud.
I realize a crowded story time is nothing like a read aloud in a school that values balanced literacy. However, I’ve taken Isabelle to other story times at other libraries and bookstores. I’ve watched other librarians and shopkeepers engage the children with the books. Today was the first time I left a story time disappointed.
On a positive note, Isabelle sat quietly and listened the entire time. Then, she played nicely with her friends who met up with us at the library. THAT’s good stuff (and I know it)!