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Resources to enhance your story time skills!

Jinx Watson Interview

Jinx Watson

Jinx Watson is an expert in children’s story time. Watson is a retired associate professor with the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This video is a service of the Tennessee State Library and Archives and Tennessee Secretary of State’s office.

Creating an Engaging Story Time (approximately 12 minutes long)

               Please see discussion guide below

Story time for parents (approximately 3.5 minutes long)   

Discussion Guides

Finger Play Video

MarciaFinger Play

The Tennessee State Library and Archives was delighted to host Marcia Nelson and Cynthia Greene as they shared with us Finger Play on the FlyMarcia and Cynthia originally shared this presentation with the Tennessee Library Association in 2017 and it was a hoot! And, while it appeared that we were all just having a grand time, we actually learned quite a bit. Who knew learning could be such fun?

Finger play captures a child’s attention, engages children in the learning process, promotes a child’s imagination, assists in the recognition of order/sequence, cultivates memorization skills, increases language ability, improves vocabulary and listening skills, and helps to develop fine motor skills. Finger play is fun and free and you don’t need a budget or props. Finger play can be done anywhere or anytime you need a quick transition or time stretcher. You can adapt the movements to the theme of the day, use them as part of the routine to transition from arrival to story time, and best of all, finger plays are interactive.

Click here to watch a recording of the session, or enter the following URL in your browser.

Finger Play Documentation

Poll -Share your story!

How often are you responsible for story time?

Poll -Share your story!
weekly at my library: 6 votes (75%)
monthly at my library: 1 votes (12.5%)
occasionally: 0 votes (0%)
only at home: 1 votes (12.5%)
Total Votes: 8

READS for Kids

Monster Be Good! is an interactive book available on READS. The book encourages young readers to help the monsters behave. At the end, the monster is tucked in to bed with a good night kiss. The perfect story for smiles, and giggles and winding down.

To give it a try, use the link below.

Yoga Storytime

STRETCH Your Storytime!

Supporting early learning with yoga and movement

An Infopeople Webinar with Katie Scherrer, MLIS, RYT