Last month at Third Place Books, not a single person showed up for my 10 am storytime. It was uncanny, because there weren't even any children in the area. It was as if they'd gotten a message that storytime was canceled that morning. I played songs for fifteen minutes in the hopes that late arrivals would hear the music and join me, but all was still.
This morning made up for last month. The main storytime area thronged with children and spilled over into the book stacks. The crowd was enthusiastic, and one boy shouted, "That was awesome!" after "Jenny Jenkins." Afterward, I overheard this interchange:
Cargiver #1: "The singing was just lovely."
Caregiver #2: "Oh yes, it's such a good idea to have the songs mixed together with the stories."
Thank you, Third Place Books audience! I promised you some new stories and songs next month on December 19, and I plan to deliver.