Story boxes offer a simple method for capturing ideas, talent, creativity, and resources available in your library.Children's programming made easy. Really easy. What librarian doesn't dream of offering more and better children's programs with less effort? After all, these are usually the most popular and sought-after programs in the library. But, they are also the most demanding: any librarian who has put in the sweat and time required to pull together a single quality program will balk at the prospect of putting together eighteen programs per week!In Maryland's Carroll County, story boxes have made this impossible dream come true for twenty years. Now MacMillan, writer, storyteller, and former children's librarian, outlines the proven story box system for sharing an array of successful programs. Including step-by-step instructions from concept through implementation and supplemented by programming tips, "A Box Full of Tales" answers all your questions: What is a story box? What goes into a story box? How is one put together? Who can contribute? And, how do you get buy-in from others to share this resource?In addition, find detailed plans for fifty great story boxes including suggested books, fingerplays, songs, props, crafts, and sign language.
From ah-chooi to antlers, from monkey business to zoo escapes, "A Box Full of Tales" is an easy way to offer winning, stress-free library programs for children without the headaches and the hassles. You can make the impossible happen when you share resources with story boxes!