CHICAGO — Preparing storytime programs can devour the time of even the most experienced children’s librarians, especially when several different age groups must be taken into account. Infants and toddlers, pre-readers and emergent readers all have different needs, and who has time to dig through a multitude of resources to gather suitable programming materials? Dawn R. Roginski’s “A Year in the Story Room: Ready-to-Use Programs for Children,” published by ALA Editions, offers the perfect solution. This all-in-one planner for young children provides everything needed for a year's worth of story room fun. Filled with ready-to-use programs for winter, spring, summer and fall on themes children know and love, this handy volume:
- presents materials perfectly tailored to each group, including ideas for infants, traditional story programs for children toddling toward kindergarten and book clubs for emergent readers;
- gives easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for each program, with suggested books, poems, activities, sound recordings, craft ideas, printable patterns, supply lists and more;
- features a special section on guiding children from reading along to reading alone and other transitional programs.
Roginski is currently the early childhood outreach librarian at Medina County (Ohio) District Library. She visits more than 25 preschools, day cares and Head Start classrooms every month, sharing her love of children’s books and enriching the early literacy skills of more than 600 children. Formerly, she was the children’s librarian at the Chagrin Falls and Garfield Heights Branches of Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library. During her 10-year career at CCPL, she conducted hundreds of storytimes for children of all ages.