Storytime Can Be Social Justice Time
Library storytimes are resources through which children can learn literacy skills, but they also have the potential for even greater impact. Families also use storytimes to gain valuable social interactions.
Libraries currently offer storytimes in response to community needs and values, and looking at storytime through a social justice lens gives library staff an opportunity to share and model valuable lessons in acceptance, inclusion, kindness, and empathy.
Resources exist to help storytime providers re-evaluate their storytimes and make incremental changes that can reap big benefits for attendees.