BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Since most of the nation went into lockdown over COVID-19, thousands of American families have been tuning in to virtual story time with their local first responders.
To help kids continue learning from home, here are some of the Massachusetts-based police departments and libraries now offering regular story hour online.
Boston Public Library
During the pandemic, Boston Public Library's online events include several hours of online story time for children age 12 and under. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week, librarians will be reading two stories a day for kids aged 0-5. On Thursday, there are also two online events for children aged 6-12, and a "mindful minis" virtual workshop for children aged 5-9. Click here for more.
Robbins Library, Arlington
According to the webpage, Robbins Library's staff are holding a couple of virtual story time events this week. For half an hour every Tuesday and Friday during lockdown, the Robbins librarians will be reading select stories and songs that will be available for streaming on Facebook Live. Click here for more.
Conant Public Library has added several links to its webpage for kids to explore while in lockdown. Those links lead to dozens of pre-recorded stories being read by their authors, some favorite celebrities, and even astronauts reading from space. Click here for more.
Tyngsborough Police Department
Every night for the past week, Tyngsborough officers have been taking turns at reading children's stories on Facebook Live. Sometimes the officers will even bring their own children and their toys on camera to help tell the tales to the kids at home. Click here for more.
Pittsfield Police Department
Story time with the Pittsfield police involves reading through a chapter a night of a book. Last week, the officers finished up 14 chapters of the book Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire The Lemonade Escapade, by Ty Allan Jackson. To check out what book they'll be diving into next, click here.
Rhode Island State Troopers
There are already two story books on video ready to watch on the State Trooper's webpage, including Ellie, read by Corporal Palumbo, and Too Many Frogs, read by Detective Hopkins. New stories will be added every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1p.m. for the remainder of the school year. Click here for more.
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