Administration of the
Story-Hour Program and
People who work with children need to understand the importance of stories in
the lives of children and the unique contribution that library storytelling can
make in bringing children and books together, in helping children acquire lan-
guage and literacy skills, and in giving children an appreciation of their literary
and cultural heritage.
QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN RAISED about the role of the story hour and its importance in a time of budget cuts and diminishing staff. Public librarians and school library media specialists may need to convince their administrators as well as other members of their staffs that the story hour is a basic part of library service to children.
Unmeasurable intangibles, felt by the storyteller, are difficult to convey to others. Exposure to the art is one of the best ways to win over nonbelievers. Invite administrators, librarians who serve adults, principals, and teachers to observe a story hour where they can see for themselves the response of the children.
Both public librarians and school library media specialists can reach parents at PTO meetings. Family story hours (discussed later in this chapter), held in the evening, will convince many parents of the value of the story hour, and they will voice support of this program to both administrators and board members.
Suggest to your administrator the possibility of presenting a storytelling workshop at a staff or faculty meeting.
Plan a storytelling festival as a special event of the public library children's department and invite both staff and community. Be sure to invite school administrators and faculty.
Seek invitations to tell stories to community groups of adults, and then describe your program. Be alert to the possibility of inclusion in community programs.