Summer Programs at the Library Go Virtual for Kids and Families
May 20, 2020 — All in-person summer programs are canceled through August 31 to minimize the spread of COVID-19. So the Library is sending programs to families – virtually – through live events and pre-recorded presentations.
Visit the program listings in the summer edition of Bookends at any library branch, or online at thelibrary.org/programs, to learn how to access the virtual presentation or make reservations where programs specify they are required.
To protect viewers’ privacy, the children’s interactive virtual programs require registration with a valid library card. By registering for a program, parents and caregivers are consenting to their child participating in the virtual program and agree to be present while their child is participating in the program.
Parents must email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the program and provide the parent's library card number at time of registration. The staff’s reply email will include the statement of consent and being present while the child participates, along with a link and password for the virtual event. Call 616-0563 for information about registration.
There’s more virtual fun. Kids and families can also watch video storytimes and activities by their favorite librarians at https://thelibrary.org/kids/videos/.
Children can also catch their favorite librarians every week on Facebook Live. Storytime & More with the Library is at facebook.com/thelibrary.org at 10 a.m. every Tuesday. Librarians read stories and sing songs that children can follow along at home, and sometimes share an activity they can do at home.
The library also has videos, stories and music for young children on the Library’s YouTube page SpringfieldGreene, or youtube.com/springfieldgreene.
The activities are geared for children from toddlers through age 8, but all ages are welcome to follow along. Visit the Library’s Racing to Read page for more playful ideas that help young ones get ready to learn to read. New ideas are posted weekly.
Families can also visit thelibrary.org/kids for weekly activity and reading suggestions in the Library’s Parents Blog, along with booklists and other resources. They can also check out the Library’s Facebook page for additional videos and websites for kids and families.