By Kathy Chouteau
When it comes to storytime, two choices are even better than one. To that end, the Contra Costa County Library is unveiling new storytime content via two online platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first option, “Online Storytime,” offers viewers access to a series of videos “created by the Library’s best storytellers,” according to the Library. “Each storyteller films a 10-minute video from home that includes reading books, singing songs and having fun.” Viewers can expect new videos to make their debut on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. on the Library’s Facebook page (@ccclib).
The Library’s “Video Storytime” offers another great option for enjoying stories from a safe social distance via the second season of a previous offering. Every Wednesday, viewers can check out the Library’s YouTube channel (theccclib) for a new, fun-filled storytime playlist with singing, rhyming and other excitement for the littles. Funding for this particular endeavor has been provided via a Pacific Library Partnership Innovation Grant.
“We have so many amazing people on our staff and they are eager to share their storytime talents with families,” said County Librarian Melinda Cervantes. “We are very busy behind the scenes creating new content and testing ideas to serve people with and without library cards while we all stay safe at home.”
A visit to the Library’s website opens up a world of virtual pleasures, among them eBooks, streaming movies, magazines, newspapers and more. It’s a particularly excellent resource for parents who may be currently homeschooling their children.
Per the Library, anyone without a library card can sign up for an eCard that will allow access to an array of enriching online resources while its branches are closed. For more info about the Library and to explore its many online offerings, visit ccclib.org.