10 spring story picksMarch 20, 2023
Happy first day of spring!
Whether the blossom buds are popping open in your community or you're covered in snow and thinking about the promise of warmer weather, we thought it would be a good day to share some spring-inspired story picks with you.
- The Fairy Flower
- The Little Bear and the Prickly Porcupine / El Osito Y El Puercoespín
- Little Bunny Foo-Foo / El Conejito Fufu
- The Missing Bunny
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit / El cuento de Pedrito el Conejo
- Winnie the Pooh and the Bees / Winnie the Pooh y las abejas
Stories Coming Soon
- Ana's Gift, a new Día del niño / Children’s Day story (English and Spanish) by Lorena Romero, will be available this week.
- We will begin to launch stories in Dari, Farsi, and Pashto within the next month. Arabic stories will also arrive soon. If you have community members who speak those languages, start thinking about how your dial-a-story might serve as a tool to bridge gaps and connect with new families.
Public Libraries & AI: Demos, Discussions, Discovery (PLAID3)
Join The Galecia Group for a FREE virtual summit!
Tuesday, March 28th, 10am PST
Register here: Plaid3.org
Artificial intelligence is evolving rapidly, and the world is scrambling to understand the power of AI tools like chatbots and other generative AI that can transform language prompts into visual art, music, reports, presentations, and more. You might be wondering about how new developments in AI will impact libraries.
To help the library community understand the potential of AI and its applications in libraries, the Galecia Group is hosting Public Libraries & Artificial Intelligence (PLAID3), a FREE virtual summit on Tuesday, March 28. The event will feature demonstrations of AI tools, discussions on how AI can be used in library operations and programming, and opportunities for attendees to discover new AI tools and resources.
Presenter Jim Craner will cover a wide range of topics, including ethical considerations of AI, collection development, cataloging, readers' advisory, reference and research, programs and projects, outreach activities, grant writing, and more. The summit will also provide attendees with an opportunity to ask questions and engage in open discussion about the use of AI in public libraries.
We hope to see some LibraryCall folks there!
Two stories: one inspiring, one peculiarFebruary 28, 2023
On this last day of Black History Month, we highlight the remarkable story of Inventor Garrett Morgan: Champion of Safety by Lauren Kratz Prushko. We also share an odd little gem we came across when combing through the public domain.
Take your dial-a-story to new heights with Mae JemisonFebruary 15, 2023
As we move into the third week of February, we continue to highlight important Black Americans and their stories. This week we’re featuring the story of renowned scientist and astronaut Mae Jemison who became the first African American woman to travel to space in 1992.
Author Spotlight: Anita Gail JonesFebruary 10, 2023
Sharing exciting news from Anita Gail Jones-- author, storytelling, and LibraryCall contributor!
Sharing Black stories this month and all year longFebruary 3, 2023
Happy February! It’s Black History Month, which gives us another good reason to highlight the recordings in our catalog that celebrate influential African Americans and their stories.
In this article, we also share an invitation to a free virtual summit hosted by The Galecia Group.
We won a Platinum Modern Library Award-- again!January 25, 2023
We are pleased to announce that LibraryCall has earned the distinguished Platinum Modern Library Award for the second year in a row. The Modern Library Awards (MLAs) recognize the top products and services in the library industry in the areas of product quality, functionality, value, customer service experience, and overall satisfaction by librarians using them.
Winter Promotion: 20% off sign-up discountJanuary 19, 2023
Take advantage of our winter promotion. Receive 20% off when you sign up for a LibraryCall service by March 1, 2023.
3 ideas for promoting your Dial-A-Story serviceJanuary 12, 2023
Quick ideas to make sure the fantastic stories you record and select make it to the ears of young people in your community.
Most popular stories of the yearJanuary 12, 2023
We're always interested to see what's resonating with our library partners, so we took a look at the stories you shared last year to see what we could learn.
Looking back, looking forward...January 4, 2023
Cheers to 2023! This post contains 2022 highlights, information about a new outreach resource, and Public Domain Day 2023 highlights.
Holiday greetings... with cute pet photos!December 22, 2022
Adorable animal photos and a holiday message from the LibraryCall team