Here's the long and short of it: When I started at MPL, there was a standing tradition of doing a weekly wrap up of storytime, like so:
And then, we asked ourselves, "Who is this for? Why are we doing this?" We stopped filming these types of videos, because although they were fun to film, the videos weren't fulfilling to us, nor to our patrons. Enter music videos, read aloud videos, and fingerplay how-to videos. You know, patron favorites like this:
We asked questions, changed our purpose, and patrons have used the videos to bring the storytime experience home. Kids don't wave to me anymore...they Open Shut Them. High five!
Now for...A CHALLENGE! I want to make a SUPER LIBRARIAN treasure chest of SUPER STORYTIME STUFF for all of LIBRARYLAND to use as a resource.
1. Make a movie of your favorite storytime, song, fingerplay, craft, or other library shenanigans. This will be specifically for other librarians to use as reference for new ideas.
2. Send me a copy or Google Drive link. firstname.lastname@example.org
3. I will post it to my YouTube playlist called "Storytime Universe."
4. After posting, I will send you a link to your video. Feel free to use it on your website or embed into Libraryland blogs.
If you already make videos at the library, awesome! However, making videos like this isn't terribly hard. Really all you need is a "I'm gonna get in front of this camera and act a fool" attitude, a camera, and free movie software (we use Windows Movie Maker around here). If you want more information on how to rock the movies, email me and I'll send you a 50+ slide PowerPoint on the logistics of library movie magic.
Have a YouTube channel? I want to see it! Leave me a comment, then get to work making a "I LOVE THIS" video for Storytime Universe!