It really does depend on who takes the story time. I used to take my eldest daughter (when she was about 6 months old) to a particular library where I would meet up with some friends and their children. We would always hope for a particular librarian who was a bit of a Mary Poppins type – the children thought she was a bit magical – and she really engaged the whole group, including parents for the full half hour. When our Mary Poppins librarian wasn’t around, it was no where near as good. And one day, Mary Poppins told the group she was moving into another role and wouldn’t be taking story time any more. I stopped going to that library – I wonder how many others did the same?