If you have been around my blog for sometime you have heard me brag about how AWESOME the librarians are at my local library!!
I LOVE MY LIBRARIANS.
At the end of September our Children's Librarian notified us that she had found another position in a field she had previously worked. We were sad to lose Miss Jenny.
While the Head Librarian was talking to me (I hate saying "Head Librarian" as she is more of a friend to me than a librarian) she was a bit nervous about what might happen. She nervously mentioned that perhaps the moms could read a book or two and skip the crafts or perhaps Story Time would have to just be canceled for a week or two while she interviewed and hired someone for the position.
GASP!!!! CANCEL STORY TIME!!! CANCEL STORY TIME!!!
YOU CAN'T CANCEL STORY TIME!!!
I have been attending Pre-school Story Time for six years now and have at least 2-3 more years to go before my wee ones are too old. I KNOW FIRST HAND that Story Time is a time (and sometimes the ONLY time) when moms can sit in a comfy chair and sit back and not do anything. It's a break. Yeah, yeah, so sometimes we need to re-direct our children but it is a time to sit back and zone for 20 minutes. The librarian reads about 5 picture books and then the children do a simple craft. During craft time these moms (who are often not connected into the community whatsoever) get to know each other and start to grow friendships.
CANCEL STORY TIME! YOU JUST CAN'T!
So, much to Hubby's HORROR, I told her she couldn't do that and told her I'd be happy to be the Story Time lady for as long as she needed me to. She was worried and then I reminded her that I not only do this kind of thing at home frequently, as a homeschooler, but that I had a bachelors in Elementary Education!
She was thrilled.
I was suddenly nervous but VERY, VERY EXCITED.
I love teaching big groups (on occasion).
My brain immediately began going CRAZY with potential Story Time themes. Themes that were new for these kids. I found myself working on Story Time instead of doing other things I needed to be doing. I became obsessed.
So, I am the Interim Story Time lady. :)
The same day I volunteered for this position I emailed a friend of mine who has been job hunting. It was a perfect fit. She contacted the library right away, they interviewed her and within a very short time she was hired. :)
It's super exciting to have another friend in the library. However, I have teased her about taking my Story Time Lady Job! :)
I love Story Time.
Over the next week I hope to share with you what books we have read and the crafts that we have done.
Being the Story Time Lady in October actually left me feeling quite limited. The previous librarian had already compiled a list of books and themes. I have not stuck to her plans completely but there are some things that you just *HAVE* to cover when teaching pre-schoolers in the fall. Things like Autumn, Falling Leaves, Apples, Pumpkins and Halloween. Yep, that pretty much took over all my exciting new adventurous plans. With my friend being hired so quickly the Head Librarian is letting me handle the October Story Time mornings as well as an evening Halloween program. During this time my friend will be able to focus her attention mastering all the other tasks the librarians do.
In November the new Children's Librarian will take over, as she should, and my Story Time Lady days will be behind me. OH I LOVE MY LIBRARY! I LOVE this opportunity. It has been VERY FUN but I will also enjoy my MOM-ZONE-TIME again once my gig is over.
Stay tuned and in the next few days as I walk you through our Story Time Adventures.