At NPL, our storytimes have weekly themes. Each Children’s Services Librarian and Associate signs up to plan the theme for 1-2 weeks each storytime season. When we plan a theme, everyone doing storytimes that week will draw from the planned theme. The planner will pick out board books and picture books, flannel stories, songs and rhymes, and puppets and then put them in our storytime baskets so everyone has access to the materials. We also have a “Letter of the Week” that usually goes along with the week’s theme (ie, F or S for a Five Senses theme).
We use an overhead visualizer in our big community room to show books and rhyme sheets via a projector. My storytime planning documents include an outline of my planned books, games, songs, flannels, and puppets, as well as a rhyme sheet for each flannel and rhyme I plan to do so everyone can follow along.