Engaging programs to keep kids coming back to the library
I am lucky enough to have storage room in the basement of my library to store flannel stories and puppets.
I organize my flannels in two ways: one in milk crates and cardboard boxes, and one in Excel. All the stories are in alphabetical order.
I have the 1) Title of the Book, 2) # of Flannel Pieces (to make sure I enough to share), and 3) Themes. I am consistent with my themes so I can search using keywords. For instance, “Dog’s Colorful Day” themes would include: colors, counting, numbers, bedtime, dogs, bathtime. When I am planning and prepping my future programs, I am able to search keywords in Excel with a document I created.
My puppets are also alphabetically organized in tupperware bins (to keep them safe from dust and insects).
My Excel sheet matches the puppet bins so I can easily find what I’m looking for.
I do the same with my Big Books collection. (Though they weren’t really picture-worthy. You can see them under the Puppet Bins.)
I’ve recently developed my Finger Puppet collection. I have them stored in several gallon-size Ziplock bags in no particular order.
I choose a song I want to use for a storytime session, and place them in a small basket to handout and collect during the program.
I developed an Excel sheet so I can pair up the correct song and puppets together. This list features 1)Song Title 2) Artist 3) Album 4-10) the Puppets in Order of Appearance.