The Kansas City Public Library is full of stories – narratives that walk, talk, laugh, and sometimes even fly. At least they do in the hands of a talented storyteller like our Central Youth Services Supervisor, Jamie Mayo. We recently made a video of Mayo regaling a group of visiting kids at the Central Library.
Storytelling has served a number of functions throughout history. Before the written word, it preserved the people’s history. Today, it helps people find the common connections across boundaries and is a wonderful tool for educating and enlightening minds of all ages. And a story, in the hands of a great storyteller, brings magic to the listener and teller alike.
Getting kids energized about reading in the summertime demands creativity. During the months when a cool, dark bedroom and the flickering screen of a PSP beckons sweetly, it’s hard enough getting kids to pick up a book, much less come to the Library. Here's how a few crafty children's librarians got kids enjoying activities centered on reading.