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'Virtual Story Time’ Offers a New Way to Experience Books

Image Description: Screenshot from a YouTube video about one family's experience with the TN Library for Accessible Books and Media's Virtual Story Time.

The Tennessee Library for Accessible Books and Media (formerly the Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped) has developed a new story time program for children. This program is the first in the nation to provide an innovative monthly children’s story time by phone for kids who are blind or have vision disabilities.

A librarian reads the kid’s story on a conference line and they have mailed out interactive packets of fun sensory materials that go along with the story ahead of time to all the kids so they can touch and play with things that correspond to the story. This allows them to reach kids all over the state! 

The Tennessee program has no age limits and there’s no cost to participate – the library provides participants with a toll-free number so they don’t incur any long distance charges. Maria Sochor, the TLABM Director said “children and the young at heart” are welcome to join the calls each month.

(Please note that some of the materials in the following links were developed before the name of the library changed. The following information is all about the same library and program.)

Click here to watch a 3-minute video on the Virtual Story Time program.

Click here to read more about the Virtual Story Time program.

Click here to learn more about Tennessee Library for Accessible Books and Media.

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