In the past two months it has switched to me having 20-30 kids on tuesday and our saturday storytimes having 4 to 10 kids. There was a small bit of talk on "What can we do to improve storytime, Steve?" which was slightly offensive seeing as how everyone who does not directly work in the children's department goes OUT OF THEIR WAY to NOT go into the children's department ... and now you want to try and help ME make storytimes better? Where's your help when I'm the only one in the kid's department for three days straight and I'm doing the work of three damn people, huh? Where are you when I really need you. Blind anger on my behalf, I know, but anger nonetheless.
But the tides have been slowly turning lately toward saturdays being my powerhouse once again and I knew, with the weekend numbers slowly on the increase, that today was going to be a make it or break it day for me.
So I went all out with this one. I special ordered a whole lot of books that we don't normally have to read. I thought up some great bits to do to play off the kids so that they get loud and interactive. I had some great snacks. I had a contest, too, that was awesome and funny and all my brainchild. I even had a special guest, too: Miffy the rabbit doing an in-store. And best of all ... Disney's Cars was playing right outside the door at the movie theater right next to us. I was all set. I was ready.
And damn did it ever pay off. The final estimates were 42 kids and 29 adults, what I believe to be the largest storytime in our store ever.
And afterwards our store manager, who was in the big-headed Miffy costume for all of 15-20 minutes, said that she needed a raise. I wanted to yell at her. I do this twice a week, over an hour every storytime, and afterwards my voice is shot, my body is sore, my head is dizzy, and I get paid shit, too. I get no extra play for this, for going above and beyond my job description twice a week, but I do it anyway because there's nothing like the happiness I get from entertaining these kids. It's amazing.
Here's some pics ...
... and a cool group photo with some of the the kids at the end.