Storytime Tools

Are you in a storytime rut? Do you repeat the same storytimes each year? Spice up your preschool programming using ideas from the most recent developmental and brain research. Learn how to use iTunes to create playlists and manipulate songs to use with puppets in your programs. Find literacy crafts to develop children’s fine motor skills to prepare for kindergarten. You’ll add a list of blogs and stories to your toolbox to make your library storytime the place to be!

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:
  • Select stories to use in storytimes that develop literacy skills
  • Identify current research on children’s literacy skills and brain development
  • Develop a storytime using current research on brain development
  • Create a flannel board or puppet picture book storytime
  • Successfully navigate iTunes and Amazon mp3 to create a playlist for a storytime
  • Develop a storytime craft to improve memory and fine motor skills in children

Who Should Attend

Children's librarians, MLS students, undergrad students, preschool teachers, daycare providers


Lisa M. Shaia, Children’s Librarian, Oliver Wolcott Library.


How to Register

Registration is now open!  Visit the ALA Registration page to register online, or fill out the registration form and mail it in.  You can also register by calling ALA Member and Customer Service at 800-545-2433 ext. 5.  Course space is limited.

Credits &/or CEUs Heading

This course is certified to provide 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to students who pass the course.  A certificate of completion will be sent to each participant upon successful completion for each course taken.

The American Library Association (ALA) has been certified to provide CEUs by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  Individual courses must pass a rigorous certification process by ALA's office of Human Resources Development and Recruitment to be able to provide students with CEUs.  If you have questions about CEUs or course certification, please contact Kristen Sutherland in the ALSC office by email ( or phone 800-545-2433 ext. 4026.


If you have questions about the course material, please contact the course instructor Lisa M. Shaia.

If you have questions about registration, please contact ALA's Member and Customer Service Department by email or by calling 800-545-2433 ext. 5.

All other inquiries, including sponsorship questions, can be directed to ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, Kristen Sutherland via email or by calling (312) 280-4026.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing and postmarked or faxed to the ALA/MACS department no later than seven days before the class starts.  Cancellations will result in a full refund less a $35 processing fee.  NO phone cancellations will be accepted.  Refunds will be processed two weeks after the start of the course.  ALSC reserves the right to cancel a course for reasons including insufficient numbers of students. Cancellations after the course has begun will not be accepted.

If you are registered but unable to take a course you may transfer your registration to another student if that student falls under the same registration category.  For instance, an ALSC member may transfer her registration to another ALSC member free of charge.  If you would like to transfer your registration to someone in a different category the difference between prices must be paid at the time of transfer.  All requests for registration transfers must be made in writing no later than seven days before the start of the course.  Please address all requests, including the reason for the transfer and both parties' membership numbers, to ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education Kristen Sutherland.  Transfers may not be made once a course has started.