Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

Connecting Communities to Other Virtual Storytime Providers

https://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2020/05/connecting-communities-to-other-virtual-storytime-providers/

“ALSC is currently creating a Virtual Storytime Services Resource Guide, offering tips and ideas for supporting virtual early childhood programming during the pandemic and beyond.

However, not all libraries may be able to create their own virtual content.  Maybe they can film some short videos but feel like it is not enough.   Or perhaps a library wants to supplement their own offerings with the plethora of material available elsewhere.  There are also marginalized and under-served groups that require libraries to work creatively to meet their needs.

To that end, one portion of the Virtual Storytime Services Resource Guide will focus on “Connecting Communities to Other Virtual Storytime Providers,” items that will meet these needs.  The work group focused on resources offered in different languages, including American Sign Language, as well as websites that encourage parents to take on their roles as their children’s first teachers.  Of course, the guide includes some links that are just great fun—who wouldn’t want to watch a storytime from space? 

The goal is to make this guide helpful to all library staff, no matter what their virtual programming plans may entail.

Keep reading the blog for further updates on this project!”