Getting the Most Out of Your Storytime

We love seeing all of the wonderful children and families at the library for storytimes because more often than not these are a child’s first “live performance” experience. Participating in a storytime is different than watching TV or a movie. At storytimes, the behavior of the audience can positively or negatively affect the program. A good audience allows the presenter to deliver the best presentation possible.

The purpose of storytime is not to teach the child how to read, but rather to encourage the love of language and literature in all its forms.  Kids listen to, observe and imitate the books and activities we share, thus building reading readiness as they grow.  Our goal is to create positive interactions with books for the parent and the child to experience together.   Storytimes are prepared with this in mind. Parents and caregivers are role models for their children and set the example for behavior.

We request that parents and caregivers follow these important etiquette guidelines to ensure a valuable and pleasant storytime experience for all.

Storytime Etiquette

  1. Please discuss proper behavior with your children before coming to the library program so they will know what is expected of them. Practice reading to them in your lap at home.
  2. Please arrive on time. Late-comers create a distraction and draw attention away from the program. Allow extra time for parking, book browsing, visiting and bathroom breaks beforehand.
  3. Snacks, drinks, and toys may be disruptive. Please put them away when you arrive at story time. Cell phones should be turned off or to vibrate.
  4. At storytime, children should sit with or near their parent/caregiver or on their lap so they will learn to focus and sit still.
  5. Adults model good library behavior for their children by being attentive, good listeners. Adults are encouraged to participate in songs and finger plays as an example for their children.
  6. Immediately after storytime, we will move to other areas for a craft and sometimes a snack.
  7. If your child becomes disruptive or fussy during the program, please remove them from the storytime area until they are comfortable, calm and ready to listen.
  8. If you feel your child is not enjoying the storytime or you must leave, please do so in the least disruptive manner.
  9. If the story time experience proves difficult for your child, a month or two in your child’s development may make a big difference in their readiness for stories. Please practice at home and try again.