So when I started planning programs, I did it the same way as the last programmer: picking a theme and going from there. Here are the themes I have used over the past year (excluding summer) for storytime:
Welcome back to the library (left for me)
Farm Animals (left for me)
Fall: Leaves, Apples, Pumpkins, Halloween (October)
Thanksgiving, Turkey, Corn, Hibernation (November)
Santa, Reindeer, Snow (December)
Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes (all of January and February)
Dr. Seuss (March)
Rainbows (Randomly thrown in)
Mo Willems (April)
As you can see, the topics are fairly broad. I did some author studies because I love Dr. Seuss and Mo Willems (Who doesn't? Seriously.) I found that picking books was challenging, because there were so many, and because I didn't really know my crowd. Some books I picked were real duds...not because they're bad books, but because they didn't fit in a storytime situation or they were too long or they were too abstractly funny for a three year old.
So after much thinking and theming my way through summer programs (construction! worms! gardening! underground animals! rocks! dinosaurs! bathtime!) I have been enlightened by this fabulous book: Starting with Stories: Engaging Multiple Intelligences Through Children's Books by Pam Schiller, Debbie Wright, and Pat Phipps.
PICK A STORY FIRST, THEN PLAN MY PROGRAM AROUND IT. HOLY FACEPALM, BATMAN! WHY DIDN'T I DO THIS BEFORE?!
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I started planning September programs yesterday, and I have to say, I'm less stressed than I have ever been about my job. I streamlined my calendar, so I'll have less programs to put more effort into. High five!