Giving Storytime a Tune-Up: Embedding Music Activities to Support Texts and Engage Participants

Songs, rhythms, and rhymes are a natural, developmentally-appropriate way to build processing skills, memory, and focus. Learn specific songs, rhythms, and rhymes that pair with a diverse array of titles to bring a greater amount of equity and social justice into your storytimes. You'll also learn ways to communicate the importance of music activities in building early literacy skills. 

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn how to:
- pair songs, rhythms, and rhymes with specific book titles to incorporate a greater amount of diversity, equity, and social justice into their storytimes. 
- communicate the importance of music activities in building early literacy skills to caregivers, stakeholders, and staff. 

This program meets the following ALSC Competencies for Librarians Serving Children:
- 1.1 Demonstrates respect for diversity and inclusion of cultural values, and continually develops cultural awareness and works to address implicit bias in order to provide inclusive and equitable service to diverse populations.
- 3.1 Designs, promotes, presents and evaluates a variety of diverse programs for children, with consideration of equity, diversity and inclusion; principles of child development; and the needs, interests, and goals of all children, their caregivers, and educators in the community.
- 3.3 Acknowledges the importance of the caregiver-child bond to early learning and establishes appropriate and effective environments for programs that respond to the social and emotional needs of children and create opportunities for families to engage in programming together. 
- 4.2 Maintains a diverse collection that is inclusive of the needs of all children and their caregivers in the community and recognizes children's need to see and learn about people like and unlike themselves in materials they access.
- 7.4 Develops an understanding of personal and cultural values, beliefs, and sociocultural identities, including racial, class, and gender identities, in appreciating the importance of culturally-diverse identities in the workplaces and wider community.

Who Should Attend

Anyone leading or planning storytime programming


Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez is a youth services librarian in Washington County, Minnesota. Prior to working in public libraries, she was a school librarian in southern Minnesota. She is an active member of ALSC and focuses her work within social justice, equity and inclusion. She is passionate about storytime and looks forward to the opportunity to reconnect with families for in-person programming. 



ALSC currently offers this archived webinar to all ALSC members free of charge, as a benefit of their membership. Non-members can purchase the webinar archive for $25 per individual, or $195 for groups. 

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How to Register

If you are an ALSC member you will need your ALA login information to access the archived webinar; if you click on this link and receive a page error message, please ignore it and proceed to the login link in the top right corner of the page. If you are an ALSC member and you are having problems logging into the ALSC website please contact Sarah Polen.

If you are not an ALSC member, please not that ALA is transitioning to a new, centralized eLearning site, so this on-demand webinar will be temporarily unavailable for one-click purchase via the ALA store. If you'd like to purchase this on-demand webinar, please contact ALSC Program Officer, Continuing Education, Sarah Polen at

Tech Requirements

computer, internet access


Sarah Polen
Program Officer, Continuing Education | (312) 280-4026