PCI Webinar Melanie Borski-Howard
Everything You Need to Know About Musical Storytimes
Competency: Public Services Competencies
Sub-Category: Children’s Services
Are you ready to step up your storytime game and increase your numbers at storytime? Do you have a passion for music, play an instrument (for better or worse) and sing in your storytime? Do you sing or hum songs all day long and drive your co-workers crazy by getting songs stuck in their heads? If yes, you are ready to start doing Musical Storytimes!
The connection between music, reading and language is undeniable and the research to prove it is vast. By incorporating more music into storytime you will find a greater foundation for presenting literacy skills in a fun interactive way. This webinar will give you tips and tools to take your storytime to a new exciting level. Kids (including babies) and caregivers LOVE it and you will too.
Attendees will learn how to:
• Choose books and flannels with fundamental rhythmic elements.
• Ways to incorporate instruments into a storytime on multiple levels.
• Tips that help make a Musical Storytime a success.
• Learn about Every Child Ready To Read Six Skills and Five Practices (http://everychildreadytoread.org/) and how each work specific to a Musical Storytime.
Melanie Borski-Howard ~ Biography
Melanie has studied music, theater and received her Masters in English from Utah State University. She is currently a Youth Services Librarian at Boulder Public Library in Boulder Colorado, where she has been doing storytimes since she started in 2002. She does 4-5 storytimes a week and incorporates music into everyone. She also does storytime at a local preschool and is currently in her Second Season of the local televised program, Read With Us. (https://boulderlibrary.org/youth/read-with-us/)