Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Storytime: the beginning

Last Saturday, I spent 2 hours with the children's librarian going over our set list (book selection) for the March 9th bilingual storytime. I was pleased that she and I agreed on the set up and the books! And I was extastic that she was so enthousiastic too! In fact, the whole library seemed to be buzzing with excitement. I walked out of the Wazemmes library with a feeling of excitement, accomplishment and purpose. A feeling I haven't felt professionally in a while. We agreed on a couple of classics to read together, some fun bilingual books, and a couple of english only books. We had about 2 dozen books in all which we of course limited to about 6.

The head of the library was quite excited to tell me that they were able to slip the April reading into the official library schedule. Thanks to long administrative processes (for once in my favor and not at all annoying), she was able to tell the powers that be about storytime before they printed up the schedule. Yay!

So I won't ruin the surprise, but I will tell you that there will be classics, non-classics and maybe even a song.

Since I am allowed to advertize now, I can officially say that the American-English storytime will take place at 3:30 PM on March 9th at the Bibliothèque de Wazemmes (Wazemmes library). It is at metro station Wazemmes or Gambetta. If you need information, just leave me a message here or send me an email at rraagg33 at hotmail dot com.

Oh fine, you twisted my arm. We'll be reading The Pigeon Wants a Hotdog by Mo Willems, A color of His Own by Leo Lionni, Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle, Where the Wildthings Are by Maurice Sendak, The Thing (a french book translated into English) and some others that I can't remember right now...

4 comments:

Mil said...

Brown bear will be great to initiate kids to English. My little one loves that one. A great idea and hope it goes well.

Pepe Le Pew said...

Sweet! I love things that include a song!

Sarah said...

Sounds fantastic! Six books feels like almost too many, though. Even though it's hard to think about giving up any of these great children's books, the kids' attention might wander. Maybe throw in more songs, nursery rhymes, and/or poems instead? I suppose it depends on the attendees' ages.

On the other hand, since you have the approval and enthusiasm and input from the French librarian, maybe it's best not to shake things up.

Can't wait to hear how the first session goes!

Reb said...

Sarah, 6 is definitely too many! We just wanted to make sure we had enough just in case. What we don't read this month, we'll read next month!

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