Transform storytimes with arts and crafts, songs and action rhymes

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For Immediate Release

March 17, 2009

ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, has released Â
“Storytime Magic: 400 Fingerplays, Flannelboards, and Other Activities” by Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker. A unique addition to the programming shelf, this treasure trove of storytime tools is designed to help veteran librarians refresh and enliven ongoing programs, while providing novice storytime planners what they need to get started.

MacMillan is a freelance writer, American Sign Language interpreter, librarian and storyteller. She has contributed articles to “Public Libraries,” “American Libraries” and many other professional journals and is the author of “Try Your Hand at This” (Scarecrow Press, 2006) and “A Box Full of Tales”(American Library Association, 2008). She was the library/media specialist at the Maryland School for the Deaf from 2001 to 2005 and prior to that was a children’s librarian at Carroll County Public Library and Howard County Library. MacMillan holds a Master of Library Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, and through Stories by Hand ( presents storytelling programs that introduce sign language to thousands of children and families each year.

Kirker has been a children’s library associate with the Carroll County Public Library in Maryland since 2005. She has developed and presented many programs for children of all ages and offered many educational outreach programs. She also launched a monthly Art Explorers program at the library where children discuss the lives of featured artists and explore their techniques. In Kirker’s latest project, Uniquely Hand Made, young people design and decorate clay hands to represent their own unique spirit. After graduating from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Kirker spent 10 years as a research analyst for the university’s Office of Institutional Research.

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