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
- January 21, 2022
The Galecia Group is happy to announce the addition of Amanda Jacobs Foust to its growing team. Foust will serve as the Outreach and Accounts Manager for The Galecia Group’s Bookpoints and LibraryCall services, ensuring library clients continue to receive outstanding customer service as the company grows.
- January 14, 2022
Now offering printable PDFs of titles in the Storytime Commons on demand!
- January 10, 2022
Check out the most frequently-used titles in the Storytime Commons last year.
- December 22, 2021
Reflecting on the first year of LibraryCall, appreciating our customers, and sharing new stories.
- December 13, 2021
New winter stories, Public Domain Day, and a free event.
- December 9, 2021
Press release announcing the hiring of Content Developer Lauren Kratz Prushko.
- December 2, 2021
Learn about LibraryCall's talented new Content Developer, Lauren Kratz Prushko. Lauren will be focusing on developing stories that reflect the diverse lives of children and families.
- November 23, 2021
Here's a list of winter and Thanksgiving stories available in the Storytime Commons to help our library customers schedule their upcoming stories.
- November 17, 2021
To show our gratitude for our customers, we are now offering unlimited minutes across all accounts.
- November 12, 2021
We're celebrating the first -- and wildly successful -- contribution of stories from Merced County Library to the Storytime Commons!