Monday, November 9, 2015

Teens Read to Tots!

(Does it drive anybody else crazy that "read" is present tense and "read" is also past tense?)

Saturday, we did a fun thing! November is Picture Book Month; we've been wanting to do some kind of readathon at our library; teens are always asking us for service hours for school; so we brought all those things together and had a "Teens Read to Tots" three-hour readathon in the Children's Room at the Buena Vista branch of Burbank Public Library.

Seventeen of our teens checked in with the children's librarians a couple of weeks ago, to get picture books appropriate for toddlers--some new, some old favorites--then took them home to practice reading them aloud. Friday afternoon we had a practice session at which we librarians gave the teens tips about how best to read to little kids, and then Saturday we had constant reading of picture books by teens from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for anyone who showed up.

We didn't draw a huge crowd, it was mostly regulars who were happy to find something extra going on, but we always had at least one kid willing to listen, and sometimes as many as 10 or 12. We discovered some new, fun picture books, the kids were happy, the teens got their service hours (and enjoyed themselves, we hope!)…it turned out to be a great program! I think we'll do it again!

Here's a drawing of three little girls who stayed for about eight books' worth:



THANKS TO THE TEENS:
Katrina, Mohammad, Andre, Hal, Niki, Gavin, Romina, Ava, Mane, Julia, Megan, Cameron, Harrison, Charlotte, and David! Vache and Kimberly, we missed you--maybe next time!

THANKS TO THE CHILDREN'S LIBRARIANS:
Ashley and Arsine for coming and coaching
Tina, Donna, Anush, Jenny, and Cathleen for picking out books

THANKS TO THE TODDLERS WHO CAME, STAYED, LISTENED!

If you would like to see more photos, go to Burbank Public Library Teen Page, where we have created an album.







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