I've been reading some other library blogs (like this one) and it's making me wonder. We don't do crafts with our storytimes, and actually, when my kids were young and went to storytime in Nashville, we didn't do crafts either. Since that was the crème de la crème for me as far as storytimes, when we moved to the boonies and couldn't justify a trip to the city, the Clarksville library did do crafts. And I thought it was so tacky. Not sure why, but if Miss Tori didn't do it, I didn't want to have any part of it!
However, I can see the advantages. I think it would definitely encourage more families to come out to storytime, or at least encourage the ones who do come to come back. But the big problem I see is the cost. Is it worth that, AND is it worth the bother - glitter in the carpet, sticky glue fingers, etc?
Right now, I'm not in a position to change anything as far as storytime goes. But for my part, I want to include stories, music, fingerplays, and poetry in each one. (Seriously - I am going to do poetry as flannel boards. We'll see how it goes, eh?)
Oh and I'm scheduled for my next storytime, on December 3. Again with a preschool, and I don't know if they'd want me to do Christmas per se. I was leaning to penguins but maybe I should save that for January when it's really cold here. (I'm not including the sweet story, When Tango Makes Three. I think that'd be just looking for controversy.) I'm also looking into going off the gingerbread boy theme, but all the stories I find (The Gingerbread Girl; The Gingerbread Pirates; The Runaway Tortilla) have entirely too many words for a storytime. So I've found a few titles that are about "too much" - too many cupcakes, too many pears, too many cookies. Moderation in all things. Wait, am I like the morality story lady? Please and thank you and then moderation? What gives?! Well, I'm not set on that yet. If you want to share a good December theme, have at it. (Writing this, I know it sounds pretty goofy to do a storytime featuring the negatives of the wanton consumerism that is America. I'm not trying to indoctrinate the children to a new, starker reality with Republicans in charge of the House. Ha Ha! I don't know, it was just sort of a stream of consciousness thing when I was looking for books and that's the theme I saw emerge.)