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Title: Virtual storytime programs: Connecting with families through a socially distant approach
Authors: Cahill, Maria
Soohyung, Joo
Garcia, Antonio
LeFebvre, Luke
Keywords: Subject::Libraries for children
Subject::Online library services
Issue Date: 7-Nov-2022
Publisher: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
Series/Report no.: 87th IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) / 2022 in Dublin, Ireland;Poster Sessions
Abstract: Storytimes have a unique place within public libraries' programming lineup, and they are valued for supporting school readiness and larger community needs. Since the onset of the pandemic, public libraries, large and small and in communities of all sizes have experimented with virtual storytime programming. While these virtual programs are likely beneficial, researchers in the past have demonstrated a need to rely on research evidence drawn from "under our own umbrella," that is conducted specifically to investigate library programs within their actual contexts (Stooke & McKenzie, 2011). This poster reports preliminary findings from a nationwide study in the United States investigating public library virtual storytime programs. Findings are drawn from observations of virtual programs, interviews with virtual storytime providers, and surveys of caregivers whose young children did and did not participate in virtual storytime programs. We organize our findings around three themes: what does a "typical" virtual storytime program entail, what are librarians' primary reasons for providing virtual programs, and what do caregivers value about virtual storytimes.
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