The author, a veteran librarian and storyteller, here offers up the story box model of program resource sharing pioneered at Maryland's Carroll County Library System. Story boxes contain all the resources necessary to conduct a theme-based story time session; the boxes are created by children's librarians to be shared with other librarians at different locations within a system. By providing ready-to-go programs, even librarians who are not programming specialists can jump in to conduct a story time. MacMillan devotes the first part of her book to explaining how the program works and then provides outlines for creating 50 different themed story boxes. The outlines include recommended books and recorded music, the full text of songs and fingerplays, craft ideas, and flannel-board stories; an appendix lists resources to aid in story box preparation. The idea of story boxes to share program resources is brilliant-so much so that it's a wonder that it is not a more prevalent practice. MacMillan's book no doubt will help spread the word to other large library systems. Even children's librarians who don't work in multibranch systems will find this guide extremely valuable for its theme-based program outlines, whether or not they choose to create story boxes. Strongly recommended for public libraries.
Rachel Q. Davis