Guerrilla Storytime – STEAM edition

Last week I was given the amazing opportunity to host a Guerrilla Storytime at the quarterly youth services meeting for my library system. If you don’t know what that means, basically it gives librarians within the same system/region/specialty the chance to share their questions and ideas to become stronger and better as a whole. Typically our meetings involve presentations made by one person with little input from everyone else, so this was a nice change of pace. My administration and some of the participants said they really liked it, and (crossing my fingers) they may want to do something like this for most future meetings. Yay! So here’s how it worked:

Because I love using the big screen, I chose to use this jeopardy game board to present my questions instead of the original Popsicle sticks format. This way everyone who was called on could see the question and mull it over. Also, I pointed out that this gameboard is an easy way to incorporate technology into storytime. 2-in-1 success!

If you look at the game board linked above, you’ll notice most of the questions are not directly related to STEAM subjects. But I was surprised at how many of the answers that were shared involved STEAM in some way. Here are some of the things that were shared in my Guerrilla Storytime session that I would like to share with you:

  • The Ooey Gooey Lady on YouTube

If you have never heard of the Ooey Gooey lady before, you’re welcome. She is amazing! And the Shark Song, which even mentions a shark’s dorsal fin as well as getting kids to think about different family members, ties into science and social science perfectly.

We were talking about how to incoporate different languages into storytime, and someone said they sing a song from the “Rosemary Wells” app in Japanese when they’re in the the shower or driving the car sometimes…you know how that can be. The app showcases versions of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in different languages. The use of a familiar song and characters everyone loves makes incorporating other languages into storytime easy and fun!

Water Color Pencils


If you don’t have a set of these for yourself your kids, you are missing out on some good, clean fun- keyword clean. This is the best new(ish) way to let little ones paint where the only thing they’ll spill is water. And that water is like magic, turning your scribbles into smooth lines like magic. Can you tell I’m obsessed? So if your kids just can’t sit still for one more story, pull these out and let them create some artful magic.

In hopes this will get some future use, I also created a Guerrilla Storytime STEAM edition template. Feel free to use this one as well, and if you do please share some of your ideas here!


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