A Youth Services Librarian reads a book for an Online Preschool Storytime.

Online Preschool Storytime at Home

If your kids are missing the Library’s in-person storytimes as much as we are, then we have good news: they’re online! Your Library offers Online Preschool Storytime every Wednesday at 11 a.m. on our Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. A virtual alternative to being with us in person, these storytimes feature books, songs, fingerplays, and ready-to-go craft kits available through curbside pickup.

The online storytimes begin just like our normal storytimes do: with the “big books” rhyme that lets kids know it’s time to join in. From there, one of your librarians reads two stories and leads an activity, rhyme, or song that children can participate in from home. Storytime videos are available on social media for 24 hours afterwards.

The craft kits that accompany online storytimes are a great way to extend the story; they take the place of the typical in-person craft time after storytimes. We provide all the materials needed to complete the craft, including directions, in a sealed bag at curbside pickup.

Youth Services Manager Betty Cobb helps to lead these storytimes. She says, “Even though the Library isn’t open during this unusual time, sharing Storytime online keeps the routine and the normalcy of weekly library visits going,” she says. “A child who has been coming to Storytime can see a friendly, recognizable face associated with the Library.”

For more info about online storytimes and curbside pickup, call Betty Cobb at (423) 434-4350 or email her. Learn more about your Library and our services by calling (423) 434-4450, visiting our website, and following Johnson City Public Library on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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