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What's New in Storytime: A Youth Services Network Event


Come to this workshop to hear new ideas for storytime that your colleagues will share. 

Partners in Play!
At the Akron Library it’s a sign of success when a parent exclaims, “I could do that at home!”  Learn about the importance of incorporating playtime into programming that encourages parents to become partners in play without breaking the budget.

Play with Yoga
Learn how we incorporate mindful movement, multisensory experiences, and play into an engaging program for both children and adults.

Kim Alberts is an Early Childhood/Intermediate Librarian at the main branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Getting a B.A. in Theatre has served her well in that she treats every program and storytime like a performance. Kim has put her love of staying on the pulse of librarianship through serving on committees such as the 2017 Newbery Committee and the Reinberger Children’s Library Center Advisory Board and is currently the co-chair of ALSC’s Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee. She loves baked goods, yoga, and anything geeky.
Anne-Marie Savoie, Early Childhood/Intermediate Librarian, Akron Summit County Public Library
Growing up in New Jersey, Anne-Marie discovered a love of dance, especially ballet. She fostered this passion with many trips to her local library! After graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a BFA, she danced professionally for fourteen years. Since completing an MLIS from Kent State University in 2001, she’s been leaping and spinning with a different crowd as a children’s librarian.

More Than ONCE Upon a Time

Children love hearing the same book over again, so why not include repetition throughout the weeks of our storytime sessions? Mary Anne and Dana will share ideas for using a single book as a focus for a storytime series.  Learn how they extend a story by incorporating reading, flannel boards, props, puppets, songs, hands-on activities and more!

Mary Anne Russo, Children’s Supervisor at Hubbard Public Library, has 35 years of experience in children’s services. While she never likes to repeat herself in terms of offering the same program twice, she is excited about incorporating repetition into storytime series. 

Dana Tirabassi, Head Children’s Services Assistant at Hubbard Public Library, comes to the library world from a non-traditional background and enjoys finding non-traditional  ways to extend the magic of a book beyond its pages.

Storytime IS Family Time

In today’s world where parents are perpetually expected to multi-task, finding time to come to a storytime is easier said than done.  Throw in three kids of differing ages and it becomes almost impossible to attend, especially when there are age restrictions.  As Youth Librarians, it is finally time to understand that an all ages Family Storytime is a must have on your event schedule.  Toby Casey is a Youth Services Librarian with the Stark District Public Library.  Having transitioned all of his storytimes to “Family”, he will be sharing his successes and failures experienced through the transition and maybe even share a song about shaking your pirate booty.


Tobey Casey, youth services librarian, Stark County District Library
Toby has a diverse background including being a an volunteer adult literacy tutor at his local library when he was a senior in high school, a corrections officer on Death Row, teaching English in the poorest neighborhoods of Seoul, S. Korea, he worked as an investigator for the county courts in Houston, an automation consultant in Kuwait and finally, prior to working as a Children’s Librarian, was an Instrumentation and Electrical Superintendent for an oil and gas exploration company.  In 2015 he left the oil and gas business and started a post grad in youth services.  In 2017 he started working at 2 different libraries part time.  In April of 2018 he landed his current position as a youth services librarian.

We will have time in the afternoon to share your own storytime ideas.  Please bring your best/innovative (outside the book) storytime piece.  Each person will have 5 to 10 minutes to share a storytime excerpt.

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9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern

Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library
3512 Darrow Rd.
Stow, OH 44224

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Contact Person:
Melissa Lattanzi
(phone: 3306550531)

Who should attend: Anyone interested in Storytime
Competency:  Programming

GEO Cost:      $80
Bronze Cost:  $60
Silver Cost:    $40
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There is an additional $15 surcharge for facility use and amenities.

We encourage you to register a minimum of three (3) days in advance for this event in order to ensure that we can accommodate your full participation in terms of seating, hand-outs, food, etc.

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This class was a popular class and it is full.  Please email Melissa Lattanzi,  to be put on a waiting list and an additional class may be added for the future.

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