ERIC Number: ED367374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of 2 X 2 Toddler Story Times at the Westerville Public Library.
Barb, Patricia Ann
This exploratory survey analyzes the toddler story time program at the Westerville Public Library (Ohio) for a 9-month period. One hundred thirty-five children between the ages of 24 and 36 months participated in the program with a parent or care giver. Each program was limited to 15 children with their parents and consisted of a 20-30 minute program one day each week for a total of 5 weeks. Parents pre-registered their child by either calling or visiting the library. Children currently enrolled in one session were asked to wait an additional three days from the opening date of registration before re-enrolling to give more children an opportunity to participate. Because this was a new program for the library, and due to the lack of existing data in print from other public libraries, numerous variables were experimented with, such as seating arrangement, repetition of stories, use of nursery rhymes, use of routine, and use of puppets. The pros and cons of each session were evaluated through a questionnaire which each parent was asked to complete on the fifth week of each session. Additionally, the storyteller evaluated those aspects which succeeded and failed during each session. A toddler program offers many benefits to the child and his parent, the storyteller, and the library. Fear of the unknown, however, makes this a difficult project to initiate. More research and documentation will allow public librarians to benefit from the experiences of others, and will in turn benefit the children being served. Included in the appendices are a list of toddler characteristics and books; suggested new titles for toddlers; a sample publicity flyer; a letter to parents; sample programs; and the evaluation questionnaire. (Contains 42 references.) (Author/JLB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers: Story Boards; Westerville Public Library OH
Note: M.L.S. Research Paper, Kent State University.