Hi, I’m Miss Jacki, a youth services and supervisory librarian at a public library in the flyover zone. My responsibilities at work include youth programming, including storytime programs as well as tween and teen programs, collection development, and overseeing and developing great staff members.
The name “Storytime Hooligans” comes from my philosophy that a little chaos in youth programming is not only to expected, it’s to be encouraged. Kids of all ages learn by interacting with other people and situations, and sometimes it can get messy. After all, they’re learning! That applies not only to little ones, but to tweens and teens as well. We librarians say we want older kids in the library, but we often complain when they act like themselves instead of middle-aged folks. Personally, I welcome a little hooliganism in the name of growth and development.
This blog began as a way to share storytime and readers advisory ideas with coworkers in a former library, but I am now keeping it up just because I enjoy connecting with anyone who loves storytime topics or youth literature.