Evernote for Storytimes at Helen Plum Library, by Michelle Kilty

I good way of using apps to increase parent/caregiver participation at storytime.

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As we began our storytime season last fall, we were looking for a way to increase caregiver participation in our storytimes. We have a variety of storytimes at our library – baby storytime, toddler storytimes, preschool storytimes, and family drop-in storytime, all of which include caregivers. Some of our caregivers are new to attending storytime; others were just more uncomfortable.

HPLEvernote4We have multiple staff members running storytimes, and leaders were sharing rhymes, finger plays, and songs differently. Some used handouts; others taught the rhymes to caregivers while in storytime. We wanted to find a universal way to share rhymes, finger plays, and songs – especially since we do communal storytime planning in our department around the same weekly theme. I decided to try and find a way to project words to rhymes, finger plays, and songs onto a large screen that is behind us during storytime. The idea came from…

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