Ready Storytime One: Embracing the Reality of Virtual Programs


A year ago, library staff around the country tumbled into the world of online storytimes, and the learning curve was steep. So many questions! Live or recorded? Facebook, Zoom, YouTube? Does this computer have a mic? Do I really look like that? Is anybody even watching this?? Our storytelling team will share what we’ve learned so far: straightforward technical tips; maximizing the strengths of live and recorded “virtual” programming; engaging your real-time toddler audience through video; and enhancing storytime value and interactivity. We’ll discuss the underlying questions: What do successful “virtual” storytimes look like and how do we do them well.


  • Josephine Caisse, Wilsonville Public Library, Youth Service Librarian
  • Brad Clark, Wilsonville Public Library, Youth Program Librarian
  • Deborah Gitlitz, Wilsonville Public Library , Community Outreach Librarian (Bilingual)
  • Sam McDermott, Wilsonville Public Library, Youth Reference Librarian

Video Recording:

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