Kid Stuff

Listen To a Story From the Comfort of Home

kiddos can read along virtually as L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library takes storytime online

Julie Quinn, photos by Andrea Paulseth |

Though COVID-19 has caused quite a number of cancellations on kid-friendly events, don't think for even a second that storytime at the library is one of them. L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library recently launched their Fall Storytime online series via Zoom.
PICKING OUT A GOOD STORY. Though COVID-19 has caused quite a number of cancellations on kid-friendly events, don't think for even a second that storytime at the library is one of them. L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library recently launched ITS Fall Storytime online series via Zoom.

The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library recently launched its Fall Storytime Online series via Zoom. Through the end of November, caregivers and their children can participate in the Baby/Toddler Storytime (recommended ages 0 through 2) Tuesdays at 10am and/or the Family Storytime (geared toward ages 3+) Wednesday at 10am. Programs lasts 30 minutes and will continue through Nov. 25.

“Virtual storytime provides children and families a chance to participate with early literacy programming in a time when they can’t participate in person,” said Kelly Witt, youth services manager.

"Virtual storytime provides children and families a chance to participate with early literacy programming in a time when they can't participate in person."

Kelly witt

Youth services manager 

Registration is required for both programs through the library’s website at www.ecpubliclibrary.info/kids/storytime-online. Upon registration, caregivers have the option to receive a storytime kit catered to either program with scarves, songs, books, bubbles, and other materials to enhance a child’s storytime experience.

“Of course, babies and toddlers learn about what books are with not just sight,” Witt said, “they learn with their senses. They learn by touch, they learn by taste. We are encouraging their families to get these kits so that the children can have these books in their hands and participate in a real meaningful way.”

Caregivers can email or call the library to schedule a browsing appointment or hold pick-up for these storytime kits.

In addition, the library is hosting storytime videos through its website and Facebook page if Zoom is not a reliable option.

“We are trying to include everyone in our community that has young children,” Witt said. “We want to listen to what families need and allow people to participate. Books are so important and we just don’t want to lose that for children.”

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