This month, our Third Thursday Storytime was in danger of being canceled due to yet another snowstorm. However, we opted instead to do storytime virtually over Facebook Live. Don’t worry – it was still outside in the snow!
Although we much prefer to see our storytime crew in person, it was a wonderful chance to get new listeners. Children who wouldn’t ordinarily be able to attend due to distance or lack of transportation were getting a live storytime event in the comfort of their homes. In addition, we posted the live video to our facebook page (see it here) so that folks who missed the live broadcast could still watch later. To date, the video has over 500 views.
The storytime featured two delightful stories on the theme of making art in nature. The first, Max Found Two Sticks, tells the story of a little boy in the city who doesn’t feel like talking, instead he uses two sticks that he finds on the ground to drum his feelings out. The second, Anywhere Artist, is an inspiring book about making art wherever you are, with whatever you can find around you.
In the spirit of the second book, I encouraged the kids to be ‘snow artists’ today and build a snow man! In the last minute of the video, I put together a cowboy snowman and said good bye to the folks who had tuned in.