We hope you’re all staying safe and finding moments of tranquility during this latest Covid surge. Some of you may find yourselves transitioning back to virtual programming or creating more take-away kits in the coming weeks. To support your efforts in finding creative ways to connect families with stories and information, we will now be offering our members a new service– read-along printables on demand!
If you would like to offer families a PDF version of any of the titles in the Storytime Commons, please submit a contact form to request the read-along you would like us to create: https://librarycall.com/contact. Please include your name and the title(s) you’d like. As we create the read-alongs, we will upload them to the Commons and make them available to everyone.
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne entered the public domain on January 1, and we’re so excited to introduce the first recording in our series– Winnie-the-Pooh and the Bees. As I was lightly adapting this story to make it work better as a standalone title and adjust for a bit of archaic language, I was struck by how delightfully funny it was. The humor is dry with a touch of absurdity. It definitely holds up to modern scrutiny 95 years after its publication! The original stories are not exactly like the Disney cartoons, but Disney kept many of the original elements in their adaptations, so the stories will feel familiar. We will be releasing additional Winnie-the-Pooh stories in the coming months. Let us know what you think!
If you’re looking for a fun wintery story to help families through cold and dreary days, check out The Ice Cube Club. Licensed to LibraryCall by Phil Shapiro, this story involves a community coming together to create a shared sledding experience. Here is a short excerpt from the story: You see Atlanta, Georgia is a southern city. And southern cities don't get too much snow. When it does snow, the snow often melts a few hours after it hits the ground. So children in Atlanta don't often get to go sledding. Which is a real shame. Everyone deserves to go sledding. Sledding is too important to leave up to the weather. A year or two ago a group of parents in Atlanta decided to do something about the snow problem.
Madeline and the LibraryCall team
Now offering printable PDFs of titles in the Storytime Commons on demand!