Storytime goes digital so kids don’t miss out

Storytime at Noosaville and Cooroy Libraries has gone digital in an effort to ensure children don’t miss out during the COVID-19 closures.

Library Assistant Kate Landsey and Young People’s Librarian Maureen O’Shea are recording storytime videos and posting them to the Noosa Library Service Facebook page for kids to enjoy at home.

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Noosa Library Service staff member and keen storyteller Kate Landsey is taking Storytime to Facebook so kids don’t miss out during the COVID-19 library closures.

“We typically welcome between 30 and 50 children and families to our storytime sessions across the Cooroy and Noosaville libraries, so that’s a lot of kids who would otherwise miss out,” Ms O’Shea said.

“Storytime is a highly-rated part of our service to the Noosa community. We are very happy that technology enables us to continue to bring stories to the children and families in our area, and also to families further afield.”

In coming days, storytime will feature The Very Super Bear, by Nick Bland, Thelma the Unicorn, by Aaron Blabey, and Tricky’s Bad Day, by Alison Lester.

Library staff are currently recording Where is the Green Sheep?, by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek, plus Cunning Crow, by Gregg Dreise.

Ms O’Shea said Noosa Library Service offered a range of online services residents should explore while the libraries were closed due to the pandemic.

Library members have free access to download eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks, plus stream movies, access online databases and follow online tutorials on a wide range of topics.

Parents can also access Story Box Library – videos featuring Australian actors and music artists reading stories.

Ms O’Shea said the Libraries’ own storytime videos were made possible due to special publishing industry copyright agreements in response to the pandemic.

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