Are you missing storytime? We are too. Why not try and hold your own.
Ask your children to search for a book you have at home that they would like to present for storytime.
Have then gather an audience: stuffed animals, cooperative pets, and other family members.
If your child is old enough to read the story aloud let them. If they are too young to read you can help them co-present by reading aloud or helping them by reading aloud and having them repeat what you just said.
Have your child hold the book so they can see it while reading, but have them walk around to show the page to each member their audience before they turn to the next page.
Encourage funny voices, making sound effects, counting, pointing out colors, talking about what is happening on a page, and movement to act out the story.
If you have multiple kids, give each kid a chance to read a book in the storytime session. Have older children read to younger children.
If this activity is enjoyable, you could repeat it each week with different books from your home or from digital access.
Think of a theme and read multiple books about that theme.
Sing a song you know that makes sense with the story you just read. You can even adapt a song or make up a new song.
Can you think of a craft you can do using resources within your home that pertains to the topic of the book? Check our Pinterest boards for ideas!
Use special voices to pretend to be audience members (stuffed animals, pets) and have them ask questions after the reading for your child to give responses.
Visit the Author’s and Illustrator’s webpage to learn more about them and other books on which they have worked.
Normally, Ancestry.com is only available for in-library use only; however, access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. This will be available until April 30th.
Click here and enter your library card number and pin*. Just click “Begin Searching” to learn more about your family history! Use the “Learning Center” to get help with your search.
*If you don’t have a PIN (or forgot it), get a new PIN number through the online catalog by clicking Log In or Register. Then click, “I Forgot or want to change my PIN.”
We are working behind the scenes to create Pinterest boards of our favorite resources. Up first, Baby Lapsit!
Entertaining babies can be harder than it looks. There are lots of activities recommended online, but which are the best? Our Baby Lapsit board features some of our favorite round-ups of songs, fingerplays, and bounces from our go-to resources.
Our amazing eResources team is working hard to increase buying and monitor waits over at Overdrive, but there are bound to be delays on some of your picks. So why not try a classic!
Project Gutenberg offers free eBook copies of texts that are out of copyright. Dickens! Austen! Maugham! Shakespeare! All those authors you’ve been meaning to read, but haven’t gotten to yet. Although they don’t have an app, they do offer a mobile friendly version of their site.
If audiobooks are more your speed, try LibriVox. Featuring volunteer readers, these free public-domain audiobooks can be downloaded and listened to on all your devices. Many books have been recorded multiple times so you can find the reader that’s right for you! They also have an app to make searching and listening easier!
Just create an account using your email and library card number. Mango Languages offers adult focused, self-directed lessons. Little Pim uses a happy Panda to introduce children to essential vocabulary and word formation.