How to Use The Programming

Library Programming is done to educate, enlighten, entertain, and inspire reading and  literacy.  Although you may not consider songs, puppet shows or Storytelling reading, these all involve the same types of interpretive skills.  The child must listen to the story, see how the characters interact and  decipher the meanings of the words.  This is why I have some of the same stories being done as puppet shows and as Storytelling or  read aloud books.  The different mediums reinforce the child’s understanding and comprehension of the material.

How to use the programs

Programs are designed with 6 components.  You may or may not do all 6.  You may not do the same stories.  You may have a better craft (please share your best ideas and I will include them).

Although most Children’s Librarians are outgoing, crazy, uninhibited free spirits.  There  are some who are not comfortable telling a story, rather than reading a story.

Some are not “puppet people.”    Some don’t have a felt board or like to sing.  ( Iwas actually a non-singer, until I found out that I certainly can sing as well as any 4 year old!)

Adapt the programs for you.  A children’s librarian of many years told me, “You just have to do your own thing.  The kids will adapt, they’re kids.  Make it your own!”

This is a living site, it needs to be have new ideas planted, watered by new stories so it can grow, warmed and lit by the su of new crafts!  As the plant once said, “Feed me, Seymour.”  So it is with his site.  I appreciate any ideas you send.

There are some events that were harder to find  appropriate songs or crafts.  Some songs I made up to keep with the theme, and because it was fun!

I ask only these things:

  1. Always give thanks and credit to the original Storyteller or Indian Nation, this helps children understand that there is no such thing as “an Indian,” there are many, many Indian Nations, and they prefer to be addressed by their nation when possible.
  2. Be mindful of your audience’s age.  Some tales are pretty graphic.
  3. Be mindful of how Indians in any book you want to read are portrayed.
  4. If you read a book you know is problematic, understand why so you can teach the children that although the story is problematic, it may still be a good story.
  5. Enjoy yourself!  Children love to be entertained, and they certainly love it when you make mistakes!  Be sure to involve them, draw out the shy ones, calm the excited ones.  Have them scream out answers, and of course – make sure you have a song like “Shake Your Sillies Out” to unwind, and un-bounce them (but not too much – remember what happened to Tigger?)

A quick note about crafts…

One of the First People told me, there are some crafts which are not appropriate to use.  They are highly sacred and should remain so.  These are Drums and Drumming, Kachina Dolls, and Peace Pipes.

Please show respect for what s sacred to others.

With a Good Mind,



Published on December 16, 2010 at 10:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

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