We have weekly story times for preschoolers & toddlers:
Preschool Story Time
11am, Game Room
Join us every Tuesday for stories, snacks and crafts.
For children 3+ and their caregivers, but no one turned away
Toddler Story Time
9:40am & repeated at 10:40am, Edgewater Room
For children 2 and younger and their caregivers
Join Molly for stories and songs! Perfect for children ages 3 and younger, and their caregivers
Picture Books: New Organization System!
by Erin Wilson, Children's & YA Librarian
'Do you have about monsters? My daughter is planning to be a monster for Halloween and we need some books for inspiration!’
As the Children’s Librarian, I can immediately think of my favorite monster books (including I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll) but for most parents, kids, and librarians, finding pictures on specific subjects has always meant a catalog search followed a search in on the shelves for books by author. Even if your catalog search is successful, and your hunt on the shelves is successful, chances that 10 minutes later you’ll have found five books, with only one of them meeting your daughter’s needs…and if your daughter decides she wants books about fairies as well as monsters, you have to start all over again!
Recognizing how frustrating this can be, the Sausalito Library has recently reorganized our Picture Book collection into easily browsable categories. Children’s Librarians around the country, and elsewhere in Marin, are also using this system and it has been wildly successful.
Here in Sausalito we have seven categories: about me, concepts, fantasyland, favorites, nature, go, and our world, in addition about 40% of our collection remains in the general ‘picture book’ collection, like before. Each category is easily identifiable by signage and colored stickers on the book spines.
Under our new organization, you could simply go to the fantasyland section, with its royal blue stickers, and find books about monsters, as well as fairies, pirates, aliens, and other types of imaginary play. Maybe the monster costume becomes a monster-alien-fairy costume….with picture books as inspiration you never know!
About me (light blue): Emotions, behaviors, manners, families, pets, loss and grief, and bodies, or milestones such as going to school, learning to read, potty training, new siblings, and making friends. For parents and children who want a story that explains how a child may be feeling, or books that emphasizes a particular behavior.
Concepts (pink): Concepts that children need to know before kindergarten, including counting, ABC, colors, opposites, and shapes.
GO (GO sticker): Transportation and machines, including anything that ‘goes.’ For every child who wants to know where the fire engine, truck or train books are. Includes easy nonfiction titles.
Fantasyland (dark blue): Let’s pretend and imagination: pirates, ballerinas, mermaids, witches (not Halloween), fairies, unicorns, and dragons. Does not include Folk & Fairy Tales.
Favorites (red): Well-known and/or loved titles, as well as some award winners. Books you would give a parent or teacher asking for a ‘great’ or ’classic’ picture book.
Nature (green): The natural world, the environment, the seasons, farming, growing food, and animals acting like animals. Includes easy nonfiction books on animals, seasons, and the environment.
Our World (yellow): Celebrations of all types, including cultural events, birthdays, rites of passage, being a good citizen, and interacting with the world. Includes nonfiction picture books featuring families celebrating cultural events. Does not include most holiday books.