We've been Offering It for Years, but Why Do They Come the Reasons Why Adults Bring Young Children to Public Library Storytimes

Maria Cahill, Soohyung Joo, Mary Howard, Suzanne Walker

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-344
Number of pages10
JournalLibri
Volume70
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston.

Keywords

  • children's services
  • public library programs
  • storytime
  • survey research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences

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