34: Storytime, Part One

Steve speaks with children’s services librarians about the philosophies and practices of successful storytimes.

Read the transcript.


Anna Haase Krueger is a children’s librarian, blogger, and reviewer for School Library Journal. You can find her making jokes on twitter as @opinionsbyanna or blogging about library life at Future Librarian Superhero.


Anne Clark has been presenting storytimes for 6 years and is known for her creative storytelling including puppets, flannel boards, props, and draw and tell stories. She has been blogging for her entire career at So Tomorrow and has presented at the Michigan Library Association’s Spring Institute conference for youth services librarian on blogging as well as programming ideas for librarians in a time-crunch. She has also written for Library Media Connection on using Pinterest in a professional capacity. Her most prized possession is a stuffed Pete the Cat signed by Eric Litwin.


Julie Jurgens is the School Services Coordinator at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Prior to receiving her MLIS from Dominican University in 2008, Julie spent five years working in the field of Early Childhood Education, experience that has proved invaluable in her library career. You can read more about her opinions and experiences at Hi Miss Julie!, and follow her on twitter at–you guessed it– @himissjulie


Kendra Jones is a toddler wrangling, twitter obsessed Children’s Librarian in Vancouver, WA. She blogs about her work at Read Sing Play and is a Joint Chief of Storytime Underground.


Amy Koester works at a medium-size branch library in Missouri. She likes fresh-squeezed orange juice, mashed potatoes, and going bananas every now and then.


Cory Eckert is the idea genius behind Guerrilla Storytime. She is in job transition between being a Youth Services Manager and a branch manager at 2 branches in a totally different place. She believes Youth Services is the backbone of public libraries and that the Detroit Red Wings are the greatest hockey team in history.


Lindsey Krabbenhoft graduated from the University of British Columbia with her MLIS in April 2013. She works as an On Call Children’s Librarian at the Vancouver Public Library, West Vancouver Memorial Library, and Surrey Libraries. As an MLIS student, Lindsey worked as part of a research team tracing the historical development of Tinkerbell and her relationship to children’s media.


Dana Horrocks also completed her MLIS at the University of British Columbia in April 2013 (in fact, it’s where she met Lindsey!) She has worked at Surrey Libraries as a Computer Trainer and SRC assistant, the Vancouver Public Library as a student librarian as well as a bookseller at the delightful Vancouver Kidsbooks. She currently works at the Vancouver Public Library and West Vancouver Memorial Library.

21: Best Books of 2012 (Part Two)

Steve speaks with a group of librarians about their favorite books of 2012 (and some sneak peeks into 2013).

Stephanie Anderson:

Far From The Tree by Andrew Solomon
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
The Passage of Power by Robert Caro
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg
Building Stories by Chris Ware
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
By Blood by Ellen Ullman
The Legend of Pradeep Mathew by Shehan Karunatilaka
I Am An Executioner by Rajesh Parameswaran
Zona by Geoff Dyer
The Lifespan of a Fact by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal
The Red Book by Carl Jung
Coming in 2013:
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Lullaby of Polish Girls by Dagmara Dominczyk
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Darien Library Staff Top 10:
Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Burn Down the Ground by Kambri Crews
Elsewhere by Richard Russo
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
Far From The Tree by Andrew Solomon
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane
Quiet by Susan Cain
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Thomas Maluck:

Message To Adolf by Osamu Tezuka
Daredevil by Mark Waid & various artists
The Graphic Canon by Various
A Wrinkle In Time adapted by Hope Larson
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Coming in 2013:
Vinland Saga by Makoto Yukimura 

Julie Jurgens:
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
Four Mile by Watt Key
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand
Long Lankin by Lindsay Barrclough
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
It’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle & ills. by Jeremy Tankard
A Boy, a Bear and a Boat by Dave Shelton
Marching To The Mountaintop : How Poverty, Labor Fights, And Civil Rights Set The Stage For Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Hours by Ann Bausum
The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins
Coming in 2013:
The Beatles Were Fab (And They Were Funny) by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer
Seagulls Don’t Eat Pickles by Erica Farber

Leah White:

The Twelve by Justin Cronin
At the Mouth of the River of Bees by Kij Johnson
Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson
Redshirts by John Scalzi
Store of the Worlds by Robert Sheckley