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Fulton County Library System Takes Storytime Online

Credit Courtesy of Fulton County Library System

As Atlantans hunker down into social distancing, a lot of things are moving online. Jobs, when possible; college courses; musical performances; fitness classes.

The list also includes library storytime.

Here’s the scene: Fulton County outreach librarian Oscar Gittemeier settles in front of the camera. He’s at home, sitting in front of a brick fireplace, surrounded by picture books. He’s wearing an Eeyore costume. His Rottweiler mutt named Bonnie Prince wanders in.

This is the Fulton County Library System’s streaming storytime, live on Facebook.

While libraries are closed to help stem the spread of Covid-19, the Fulton County library system is streaming librarians reading children’s books every weekday at 11 a.m.

“What I’ve done today is I’ve pulled some of my favorite stories from when I was little,” Gittemeier says.

He starts with a book called “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears,” then moves on to Shel Silverstein poems, and ends with William Blake’s “The Tyger.”

At the end, Gittemeier mentions that libraries use apps, and it’s possible to check out e-books and audiobooks from home, even while things are closed.

He encourages families to share stories with each other, and for parents to tell children what their favorite books were when they were kids.

“I hope that everyone out there, you’re able to sort of use this time to reconnect with each other, and to have those special stories,” he says.