[RFHF] StORytime: What is it and what can you do?

Nancy Peterson npeterson at jcls.org
Fri Dec 5 08:24:01 PST 2014

I also think it is unfortunate that "writing" was left out of the state 
program.  Consistency is a key ingredient!  Perhaps the State will 
incorporate the five practices into its program.

Nancy Peterson

Outreach Coordinator

Jackson County Library Services


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From: Rick Samuelson <ricks at wccls.org>
To: 'Katie Anderson' <katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 
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Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 21:30:15 +0000
Subject: Re: [RFHF] StORytime: What is it and what can you do?

Hi gang, 


Well.. we want to be supportive of our State, so we incorporated the 
stORytime initiative on our website:



Our kids pages are set up to funnel folks to 4 different audiences: Little 
Kids (birth-6), Big Kids (6-12), Parents & Caregivers, and Educators. Each 
of these audience pages includes a link to our stORytime Oregon page. 


We had to take special care to ID the program as a State initiative (and 
bury it below the fold) so our patrons don’t get confused thinking 
they’re being linked to a page with storytime dates & times. 


I also made a blog post on our public kids blog: 


It is exciting to see a large statewide early literacy initiative. 
Nevertheless, the name does create significant challenges. And it is 
unfortunate the list of practices doesn’t exactly match what we’re 
telling parents (leaving out “writing”).


Take care! 


Rick Samuelson, Youth Services Librarian
Washington County Cooperative Library Services
(503) 681-5092 


From: Kids-lib [mailto:kids-lib-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf 
Of Katie Anderson
Sent: Monday, December 01, 2014 1:55 PM
To: kids-lib at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: [kids-lib] StORytime: What is it and what can you do? 




Last month, Governor Kitzhaber and the Oregon Education Investment Board 
launched stORytime. As public library staff who serve young children and 
their families, I hope you will consider how you can support this effort. 


What is stORytime?

It is a new statewide public awareness campaign to encourage families and 
caregivers to talk, sing, read, and play every day everywhere with their 
children from birth through third grade. The goal of the campaign is to 
address barriers that make it difficult for families and caregivers to 
engage their children in language and literacy activities. The desired 
outcome of the campaign is that all children will be reading at grade level 
by third grade. Those who developed the campaign translated StORytime as La 
hORa del cuento for the Spanish-speaking community. 

What can you do?

The folks behind stORytime are looking for partners. As a librarian, you 
have the knowledge and experience to help make stORytime a success. Here are 
a few ideas of how you can engage. 

·          Incorporate the StORytime materials in your early literacy 
efforts such as storytimes and early literacy workshops with parents in 
collaboration with libraries and other entities.

·          Offer tips about talking, singing, reading and playing with 
children via your newsletter, website, or social media and brand your 
tips/articles with a storytime logo. For example, you can pull ideas from 
Washington Learning System’s On-the-Go early literacy activities (in 
English and Spanish) or encourage families to download and use the Vroom app 
that provides parents with developmentally appropriate early literacy 
activities they can do every day everywhere. Vroom is not an app for kids! 
It gives parents ideas like “While doing the laundry describe what 
you’re doing to your baby and ask your preschooler help you sort clothes 
by color.” 

·          Partner with community organizations and schools to have a 
family literacy community event to educate families about literacy support 
in the community, distribute books and other resources, and engage in fun 
literacy activities.

·          Work with your local early learning hub, school/school district, 
or Education Service District to select one or two groups of underserved 
families and plan a literacy program for specifically those families. 

·          Review the program schedule to ensure some early literacy 
programs are also being offered when working parents can bring their 
children. For example, storytime on Saturday morning or monthly pajama 
storytime on Tuesday evenings. 

·          Read my first email about StORytime with some more ideas! 


What are you already doing?

·          Please ‘reply all’ to this email and tell other libraries 
how you are participating in StORytime. This is new so we’re all looking 
for ideas!






Katie Anderson, Library Support and Development Services

* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *

Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301

katie.anderson at state.or.us, 503-378-2528


Become a StORytime partner!



In case the hyperlinks don’t work:

·          StORytime materials: 

·          Vroom: http://joinvroom.org/ 

·          On-the-Go Activities English: 

·          On-the-Go Activities Spanish: 

·          My first email: 



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