February 24, 2018

Fort Worth PL Trains Starbucks Staff in Storytelling

By Lynn Blumenstein

The Fort Worth Public Library (FWPL) Foundation, TX, has received a $5,754
grant from the Starbucks Foundation to train Starbucks employees in the “Mother
Goose” method of storytelling. The FWPL Community Outreach Department will
initiate a one-year pilot program at one Starbucks location with the goal of
incorporating the family-literacy storytelling method at all Starbucks locations
in the city.

Library staff will train Starbucks personnel in Mother Goose Asks “Why?”
methodology, a literacy and science series that integrate math and science
concepts through various reading techniques. The program was first created by
the Vermont Center for the Book and funded by the National Science Foundation to
expand beyond its original geographic scope. Trainees will receive program
books, family activity guides, and a science and math activity kit. The program
will be implemented within regular story times already held at the coffee chain.
In addition to storytelling, employees will train caregivers in skills that will
improve childrens’ conceptual and language development through