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Old 12-17-2012, 07:04 AM   #1
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How is your library storytime structured?

The place where we used to live it was closed-registration, and if you missed X number of weeks ina row you were kicked off and another family invited.

Where we live now, All of the libraries we frequent (4) are open - there are various times posted throughout the week, and any age group is welcome to attend at any time.

The place where we are moving is like the first - registration required, one child per one adult, age restrictions apply. It kinda turns me off. I'd love to just be able to come by for a story time once in a while, especially since we are in a a small apt here before the official move, don't know anyone, would love to get out, but can't because we aren't registered for this 6-week session of storytimes. We also don't live here full time, so we'd miss every other week and get kicked off the list. Of course, I'm going to call to see how strict they are with their ages (can my preschooler sit in on the toddler storytime, she knows how to be quiet). I'm going to check other libraries too.

Just wondering how most libraries storytimes operate.

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Old 12-17-2012, 07:29 AM   #2
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Re: How is your library storytime structured?

Ours is drop-in, like where you live now. I had no idea libraries could put restrictions like that on story time!
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Re: How is your library storytime structured?

We have age based throughout the week. then family one a few times plus weekends... then a craft storytime as well forall ages. No sign up needed. Ours is open to sibs like I have 7 yr old & 19 month... they both go to areas & child area. No restriction of one per kid needed like if u have twins/ more than one little one... like in baby time I can take toddler & vise versa for toddler........we have great kid librarians.........
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:43 AM   #4
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Re: How is your library storytime structured?

drop ins. we have story times for certain ages and then ones for all ages and they are all open. The only thing we have registration for are certain special programs and they are either a one-time deal (like a halloween craft day/bat talk) or a small series (like a space theme or something).
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Re: How is your library storytime structured?

Ours are drop in the only restriction (which isn't really enforced unless there is an issue) is age. One group is birth to 5. they have a separate group that is like 6-9 or something and then they also have a teen book club. But they don't really care so much about the ages as long as its not little kids going into the teen group.

Ours also does a structured play group ages birth to 5 and a "baby" group of birth to 24 months.

The only reason either one of them make the distinction is because the books and craft are geared to that particular age group.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:02 AM   #6
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Anyone can come whenever. There are age recommendations but they don't enforce it. Like there is toddler story time but I used to go when dd1 was a preschooler. (Dd2 hates story time now so I haven't gone in a couple years). There is preschool story time where kids are more encouraged to sit and listen to the story instead of wiggling around like at toddler time. I've taken dd1 to that as a toddler because she liked the slightly longer stories and sat well. They didn't care she was there. They have a baby story time for non walkers but I've seen older siblings go in so I don't think they're picky about it.

I would find a library very unwelcoming if you had to register to go and got kicked out for missing times. I've never heard of that before and that just sucks.
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Ours is chaotic! I almost wish there was registration or a fee. It is a free for all...kids running around, parents talking....it makes me feel ADD and Im not.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:20 AM   #8
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Re: How is your library storytime structured?

Ours is drop-in. At times it's very small and at other times it can get a little chaotic. The librarians are very patient with normal kid behavior within reason and they're great about reminding parents and kids about the behavioral expectations when there are parents who just ignore their child's behavior.
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Re: How is your library storytime structured?

Ours used to be registration for all daytime groups, but evenings were open. Now it's drop-in for all. Great, except for the "On my own" group (3-5, basically enforced) - sometimes there's 4 kids, sometimes 14 - which is really way too many preschoolers with one librarian. I think pre-registration would be better for this one.
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There are like 4? Libraries within 7 miles and all of them are drop-in
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