Friday, October 19, 2012

Interview with Toby, the Storytime Dog

Toby with Youth Librarian Cassie

What did you do before you were a storytime dog?
I have actually been at the library for a while now, reading books and sleeping in the storytime room. I would sit quietly by the cupboard while Lillian the library lion would help the previous youth librarian with storytimes. I always liked hearing the stories and the songs they sang with the group and was very excited when Cassie chose me to help with storytime this year.

What is your favorite book?
There’s so many to choose from, for so many reasons. I really like books with animals in them and books that make me laugh. I like books that have big, colorful pictures in them so that when I’m listening to someone read I can just sit back and enjoy the pictures. Some of the books I’ve read more than once—a clear indication that they are worth checking out again—include Big chickens by Leslie Helakoski, Punk Farm by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Widget by Lyn Rossiter McFarland. But honestly, I can’t choose just one!

What is your favorite song from Storytime?
Definitely "Rock n' Roll Spider" sung to the tune of "Itsy, Bitsy Spider".  It gets me dancing!

What is your favorite part of working at the library with Cassie?
My favorite part is being able to play with Cassie and the storytime kids. I still get to listen to the stories and watch the games and crafts that the group does throughout the year, but now I get to lead the beginning song for the whole group and talk about how my week has gone. I also get lots of hugs and kisses from the kids, which is very exciting, although I wish some of them wouldn’t hug so hard and that others would wash their hands first sometimes.

Which book character do you think you’re most like?
I read this book once about a velveteen rabbit…

What is your costume going to be for Halloween?
I'm going to dress up as a cat!  Meow!

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