Thursday, 7 October 2010

The birth of American (English language) storytime

While talking to my friend M, I had an ephiphany....
Why pay 4€ per storytime session at the British Cultural Centre when we can do it ourselves for free? I thought long and hard about how to handle it and then it came to me. Me, the daughter of the librarian.

Last week, I walked into the Wazemmes branch of the Lille public library and told them I'd like to organize English story time and would they be interested. The director was rather reserved but after talking to her, I could tell she was delighted.

Rather than organizing a seperate English storytime, she would prefer to piggyback English storytime onto the regular storytime which currently takes place the first Wednesday and Sunday of the month. She explained her logic : they are already have enough trouble attracting participants to French storytime so she would like people to get used to the storytime idea.

When I get back from the US in November, I will meet with the library and the regular story tellers to see how we can organize a bilingual storytime. I already have tons of ideas of course. We can do a bilingual reading. We can use multimedia. We can use puppets. The world is mine! Oh wait, I'm getting carried away here...

Stay tuned for more information on English-American storytime in Lille (I hope that's obvious enough to get hits).

5 comments:

Penny said...

What an excellent idea. Good luck and let us know how it goes :)

Anonymous said...

Cool! Yeah, I had no interest in the British Library storytime when I saw how much it was. I'll have to find the Wazemmes branch.

Looking forward to it!

Rachael

Reb said...

I will publicize the event once it actually gets organized. I'm so excited!

Sarah said...

Oh! I have just co-founded a French storytime here at the library I work at in Lafayette, Colorado. We had our first session last week: 27 attendees! I'll post more about it soon, but if you're interested, here's the impetus:

http://babybilingual.blogspot.com/2010/09/french-storytime-french-boring-time.html

And here's the plan:

http://babybilingual.blogspot.com/2010/10/il-etait-une-fois-ce-vendredi-apres.html

Good luck on your storytime project! Bon courage! (But first let me wish you "bon voyage.")

Reb said...

thanks Sarah! I will definitely use you for inspiration. The problem with my storytime is that I am coming in after everything's been planned and so will have to adapt to what's already been planned. Hopefully the regulars are willing to adapt!

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