Supercharged storytimes, supercharged solutions: Enhancing storytimes with a research-based community of practice


  • J. Elizabeth Mills University of Washington iSchool, PhD program, Seattle, WA
  • Kathleen Campana University of Washington iSchool, PhD program, Seattle, WA
  • Gwendolyn Haley Spokane County Library District, Spokane, WA
  • Diane Hutchins Washington State Library, Tumwater, WA


Supercharged Storytimes, storytime programs, children’s librarians, early literacy, training


This article is a narrative of our session at the Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA) Conference in Calgary on August 3, 2016, where we provided background on the research behind Supercharged Storytimes and then presented tips, tricks, and effective practices to help library staff to be intentional and interactive in the planning and delivery of early literacy storytimes. We also emphasized the importance of building a practitioner community to encourage professional growth through peer feedback and self-reflection of storytime programs. Storytime practitioners, both brand new and those with years of experience, will discover how to supercharge their storytimes and make an impact on the children in their communities.