While storytime programs for preschool children are offered in nearly all public libraries in the United States, little is known about why adults choose to bring children to participate. This survey study gathered information from 346 parents and caregivers who attended storytime programs at 35 public libraries in three states. Parents and caregivers indicated child enjoyment of hearing stories and participating in activities and the opportunity for children to interact as the primary reasons for attending; however, differences in motivation to attend were noted by community density, relationship to the child, educational level of the adult, and length of attendance. In addition to identifying those aspects of storytimes that resonate most for children and building upon them, librarians should integrate cooperative activities that facilitate interaction. Further, librarians should take stock of their own contexts and modify programs to best address the needs of their specific community.
|Number of pages||10|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2020|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Research funding: This work was supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (Federal Award Identification Number: LG-96-17-0199-17).
© 2020 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston.
- children's services
- public library programs
- survey research
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Library and Information Sciences