An early literacy message has been a part of every storytime I have ever planned. Now, I admit, there have been times that I failed to actually deliver the message I planned, but no one is perfect.
I have only worked for one library district and my first librarian job began right around the launch of ECRR2. Reading, Writing, Talking, Singing, and Playing are what I live and breathe. However, it still doesn’t always come easy. Sometimes it feels like my message falls on deaf ears, or it comes out awkward and too wordy. But then I move on to next week and try again, because I honestly believe these small messages are the most important part of my storytime.
I love reading to children, I believe I’m actually a quiet talented reader, and it warms my heart when the children and parents are all engaged in a silly song, or squealing beneath the parachute. But I’m not here to entertain. My job is to help these children grow into readers and I am not powerful enough to do it alone. I need their parents and caregivers to understand why we do fingerplays and sing non-sense songs so that they will keep doing it at home.