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Storyline Online -The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. [These readings can be played/scheduled by YOU.] Each reading is accompanied by an activity guide. Invite your community to join you on Facebook at a particular time. Listen to the book, read by a celebrity. Then, use the activity guide to encourage kids to do an activity – led by you, their local librarian, as a group.
List of authors/publishers that have given permission to use their works in live streaming.
Harper Kids has a YouTube channel with some of their great books ready to be shown ANY time: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiYzMwyBPG96EDjV7MAohaCnXoQnqiBmG (copy and paste link into browser)
Use this as a springboard for an online program similar to using the stories on Storyline Online (see above.)
Let’s Keep Reading – An evolving Google Doc of authors and illustrators who are hosting livestream events [Promote these events in advance. Encourage patrons to access via your Facebook and/or links.]
Please check out these resources for IMPORTANT information about copyright issues related to hosting virtual storytimes:
Know & Go: Spotlight on Virtual Storytimes – Amigos Library Services – register for free to view the recording of this event which happened in the past.
Online Courses for Youth
Direct parents and caregivers to Day by Day New York, a website with a new book for parent and child to read together and other activities to develop early literacy skills: talk, sing, read, write, and play.
Don’t forget to check out KidLit TV for podcasts, read alouds, activities, book trailers, and so much more!
Support caregivers who are looking to provide educational opportunities for out-of-school children.
Check out the following resources:
This is the perfect time to begin that genealogical research you’ve been meaning to do! This Genealogy Research guide from NYPL can help you get started.
Host a book club on Facebook. Montour Falls has quite a few, if you’re looking for ideas to get started! Worried that not everyone can get the same title? Start a thematic/genre book club where everyone reads a different title and shares their takeaways.
OverDrive is a great resource to ensure that patrons can find new reading material in order to participate.
Urge patrons to take their census while they are home! It can be completed online at 2020census.gov or by phone at 1-844-330-2020.
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It is ok to post your wifi network name and password to social media!