iSchool Student Stephanie Bauman Compiles and Edits New Book Entitled “Storytimes for Children”


Photo of Stephanie Bauman San José State University School of Information student Stephanie Bauman compiled and edited a recently published book called Storytimes for Children. The book is a collection of themed storytime programs designed by Bauman and 7 other SLIS students. Bauman says the idea for the book began in INFO 260A: Programs and Services for Children, taught by Dr. Blanche Woolls:

“Each student in the class posted all of the programs they created to the forums, to be reviewed by the other students for feedback. It quickly became apparent that many great programs had been created, and suggestions were made to collect them and give a copy to everyone. Dr. Woolls had a better idea: to put together the very best and publish it.”

iSchool alumna Elizabeth Turner contributed several story time programs to the book, including a Readers’ Theater based on the book Gator Gumbo by Candace Flemming. Turner, who graduated in May 2010, currently works as an elementary school Library Media Assistant in Anaheim and recently accepted a part-time teaching position in the Library Technology Program at Santa Ana College.

iSchool alumna Ashley Sealy, who graduated in May 2010, also contributed a number of story time programs: “I am so pleased to be a part of a publication that I think will serve as a valuable reference for those library and information professionals involved in the development and implementation of children’s programming. The staff at my public library branch have already begun referring to it for ideas.”

iSchool student Josh Mitchell contributed several storytimes and craft activities for children of various age groups. He currently works as a Youth Services Librarian at the Encinitas Branch of the San Diego County Library system, and will be graduating from SLIS in December 2010.

iSchool alumna Julie Andrews-Jotham, who graduated in May 2010, contributed several storytimes to the project as well: “[This] book is a great resource that I will use frequently in the public library.”

Other students who contributed material to the book were Kathy Burgener, Jack Sexton, and Melissa Castagna. Bauman reviewed, edited, and compiled all the programs contributed by herself and her classmates. The final product included 86 storytime programs for children ranging from toddlers to preteens.

Bauman graduates this month, December 2010: “It has been an exciting fall season to have my first book come out along with graduating! I can hardly wait to be an active part of the library field as I hope to work someday soon as an elementary school teacher-librarian.”


Bauman, S. G. (Ed.). (2010). Storytimes for Children. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN 1598845659