Friday, December 13, 2013
I read a thoughtful blog post about scheduling storytimes on the ALSC blog today that made me start wondering about this. How do you decide when to hold your programs? Do you have storytime on Wednesday mornings because you always have? That can work really well, people get used to it and can work around it. But what happens when attendance starts dropping off? How do you figure out if a different time would make a difference in attendance? What else is going on in town?
Lots of libraries in IFLS-land have changed storytimes to accommodate the 4-year-old kindergarten schedule. Some have put more energy into outreach storytimes at daycare centers, some have tried evening storytimes with varying levels of success. The most important take-home message here is don't be afraid to change the time if it isn't working, but be sure to do some research (informal polls at the circulation desk, finding out when the YMCA has open gym) to inform your decision!