Happy Memorial Day! Before heading out for a long weekend, I wanted to send you an update on some new things available to you at LibraryCall.
New Audio Collections
Would you like to find or share audio recordings of things beyond stories? Check out our new Facts & Trivia and “Tune In” Radio Show audio collections, created so you can share non-story recordings with each other.
To find the collections, log into the LibraryCall Manager and click on “Other Collections” at the top of the page. The collections don’t have a lot of content yet, but each time you add a non-story recording (like trivia or jokes) and select the “Share to Commons” option, we will review the recording and add it to the appropriate collection. In the Facts & Trivia Collection, you’ll find the trivia recordings Rebecca from Chino Valley shared with you all. (Thanks again, Rebecca!) She’s using the Chino Valley ResourceLine to engage patrons in a Summer Reading trivia game this year.
We’re happy to add other audio categories as needed, so share away!
New to the Storytime Commons
This week we added an original story, written and narrated by LibraryCall’s Anna Suarez. In Letters from the Fairies, a young girl named Ariel develops a special bond with the fairies in her garden. When her classmates make fun of her and insist fairies don't exist, Ariel must reach deep within herself to keep believing. This story was inspired by Anna's dad, who used to write Anna letters from fairies when she was a child.
We also added an updated version of The Elves and the Shoemaker, a classic German tale by the Brothers Grimm about a poor shoemaker who wakes up to find someone has mysteriously helped him make beautiful shoes overnight. In this story, hard work and humility are rewarded richly.
We now offer outreach templates to help you promote Dial-A-Story services in your communities! You can find the templates here: https://librarycall.com/outreach/dialastory
The templates are available in an editable PDF Format or directly through Canva, a free online design website. The Canva links take you directly to their website, which offers lots of features to help you customize your outreach piece. If you need assistance, our Canva pro Anna is here for you. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great weekend!
Madeline and the LibraryCall Team