Library offers online storytimes

Variety of resources available at NCPL

Norfolk County Public Library staff are continuing to do storytimes through their social media pages. Belinda Smith, technical and social media library assistant, is one of the members participating in reading stories through video. (CONTRIBUTED)

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Frequent visitors to the Norfolk County Public Library have ways to still access their services from home.

Belinda Smith, technical and social media library assistant, said that on the Tuesday after the library was forced to shut its doors to the public,  staff was talking about how it typically would have been storytime at the Simcoe branch.

This gave them the idea to do a storytime live which would allow those that usually attend storytime to still take part.

“It was a lot of fun for those of us that were in the room and it got a really good response,” said Smith. “I said we need to do more of them to keep familiar faces in the live feeds and to break up peoples’ days a little bit.”

The videos include stories that last about 10 minutes, that are geared towards younger children.

“Today I did one from my son’s bedroom,” said Smith. “Because my son has autism I wanted to do something for parents that are at home with kids who have a little bit more challenges going on.”

The story Smith read from her son’s room covered the topics of handling emotions, and then she did a handwashing demonstration as well.

There are already multiple storytime videos available to watch on the library’s social media pages.

“The library does have a tonne of online resources that a lot of people just don’t know about,” said Smith.

When visiting the website, people are able to access books, magazines, and movies that the library has on their online catalogue.

“People can learn a new language, exercise their brain, there’s just so much on our digital library.”

Smith plans on also doing videos that walk through how to access all of the different resources from the library’s website.

Those that do not have a library card can send an email with their name, phone number, and proof of address to Norfolk.library@norfolkcounty.ca  and they will receive a temporary card to access the online services.

Once the branches have reopened those that got a temporary card will be able to attend a branch and pick up a physical copy of their library card.

All of this can be accessed by searching Norfolk County Public Library on Facebook or Twitter, or by visiting ncpl.ca.

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