Virtual Storytime: Successes and Challenges

July 23, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Ohio Library Council via Zoom

This webinar was recorded and posted on the OLC website.

Sponsored by: Ohio Library Council

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Mr. George C. Morrison, MLIS is the Youth Services Librarian at the Delaware County District Library’s Main Library. He is dedicated to diverse materials and inclusive programming selections for his library. George presents professional development programs to school and public library staff across Ohio on the subjects of Reluctant Reader Strategies, Storytelling, and Vocal Manipulation.

Emily Sanders is the Children’s Services Coordinator at the Meigs County District Public Library (Pomery, Ohio). She manages the children’s department at all four branches of the library. She encourages children and their families to read and spend time together through the library’s collection and programs. She spends her time interacting with children both inside the library and during community visits. Emily plans and hosts summer reading programs, storytimes, seasonal programs, and more along with her Children’s Services assistant, and shapes the children’s collection.

Angie Sharkey is the Youth Services Manager at the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Gahanna Branch. She has been doing storytimes and children’s programming in libraries in Central Ohio for almost 20 years. Her passions and talents are centered around programming for babies and toddlers.  She believes that storytimes are the gateway to lifelong readers and library users. She helped facilitate the Gahanna Story Trail by bringing together community teens to write and illustrate a unique story (updated each year) for display in Friendship Park.  Families can walk a trail, enjoy the story and participate in early literacy activities along the way.  

Natalie Walton is the Youth Services Coordinator at the Ada Public Library. She works in a small town of 5,500 people, providing special programs and activities for infants to young adults at the library. Natalie is a frequent presenter and her topics have included Gross Games Part I & Part II, Summer Reading Games for Tweens & Teens, Alien Dissection for Tweens, and Public Libraries-Public Schools Collaborations. Natalie is an active board member of the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce representing the Ada Public Library, as well as community events.


When libraries closed to the public in March due to the coronavirus, many creative and innovative people stepped up to ensure that their patrons continued to receive services and programming that they had come to rely on. During this webinar, you will hear from four Youth Services professionals who used trial and error to conquer the challenge of providing virtual storytime programs to their communities.

You’ll learn tips and tricks for creating online storytimes with ease. Topics will include using Facebook LIVE, uploading pre-recorded content on the library’s Facebook page and/or using YouTube. Plus, you’ll learn more about creative apps that allow pre-recording and editing to be much more interesting and simpler. This diverse group of panelists from libraries of different sizes and parts of the state simply don’t know the meaning of the word “can’t.” They found a way. Find out how they did it and continue to create successful virtual storytimes for their communities.

This webinar will allow time for Q&A.


Learning Objective: Learn how to do live streamed, recorded and hybrid storytimes with ease.


Intended Audience: Youth Services, Adult Services, and any other library staff that do virtual storytimes or programs.


What’s Included: Participation in the live webinar and/or access to the archived version at a later date, resources (if applicable) provided by the presenter.


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Continuing Education Credits: For those working toward their Ohio Public Librarian or Ohio Public Library Staff re-certification, this webinar counts as (1.5) continuing education contact hours of credit.


Primary Ohio Public Library Core Competencies Addressed: Programming