A Year of Stories: LibraryCall's Exciting Plans for 2024February 1, 2024
Exciting things are in store for LibraryCall customers this year, and we’re excited to share them with you. Here are some highlights:
- Expanding our Spanish Collection: With the help of our talented storytellers, Lorena Romero and Daniel Fernando, we'll be adding stories to our Spanish collection.
- Remastering and Releasing Audio Stories: We’re in the process of remastering many of our older audio stories. As we improve stories, we release them to the Storytime Commons. We are also publishing many of them as audiobooks.
- Introducing LibraryCall Kids!: We're happy to announce the upcoming release of LibraryCall Kids!, an audiobook app designed specifically for children. This app will allow young ones to explore and listen to LibraryCall stories that match their interests. With unrestricted listening and seamless integration into library websites, it'll be easier than ever for patrons to download, enjoy, and keep the stories they love. Stay tuned for its launch later this year!
New to the Public Domain
Did you know that every year on January 1, new stories enter the public domain? This is particularly exciting news for our Dial-A-Story Studio customers! Public domain stories can be copied, shared, and adapted freely for your Dial-A-Story programs. In 2024, two notable children's titles that entered the public domain are "Millions of Cats" by Wanda Gag and "The House at Pooh Corner" by A.A. Milne.
Intriguingly, Mickey Mouse has also entered the public domain in 2024, or at least, a part of his legacy has! "Steamboat Willie," the iconic 1928 Disney cartoon featuring Mickey Mouse, is now part of the public domain. Although copyright law can be complex and Disney has a history of fighting for copyright extensions, the general consensus is that the original, black and white version of Mickey Mouse is no longer under copyright. Is it time for a black and white Mickey Mouse party at the library? Old-fashioned Mickey Mouse summer reading theme? We can't wait to see what you come up with!
Here's to another year of great stories!
-The LibraryCall team
- November 8, 2022
In this article we share our appreciation for the important work library workers do during election seasons. We also announce the hiring of Content Developer Molly Milazzo and share Storytime Commons highlights.
- September 15, 2022
We recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month, recommend a thematic story recording, and share the news that LibraryCall's story printables are now customizable.
- September 2, 2022
The Galecia Group is seeking a part-time Spanish Content Developer to translate, adapt, write, record, and curate stories for its LibraryCall service.
- August 25, 2022
This week we’re excited to introduce you to our new LibraryCall Farsi Content Developer, Mariam Jalalifard.
- August 10, 2022
- August 3, 2022
We're adding Farsi language stories! In this article, we also share some LibraryCall team hellos and goodbyes, as well as a reminder about an upcoming free webinar we're hosting.
- July 15, 2022
A social media post you can share with your community, a few new stories, and an invitation to join an upcoming online workshop.
- July 8, 2022
LibraryCall is pleased to introduce LibraryCall Soundtrack, a new service that allows libraries, museums, and galleries to add a low-cost audio component to existing self-paced exhibits, including popular library StoryWalks®.
- June 10, 2022
Dial-A-Story is intended to help libraries reach as many families as possible, but we know it can be challenging to get the word out about the service.
- May 27, 2022
A Camping Trip, our newest story, pairs perfectly with iRead's Read Beyond the Beaten Path theme. We also offer our members printable Story Sheets and a Summer Reading outreach tip.