We began having weekly virtual story times using the Facebook Live platform on March 20, shortly after closing for the COVID-19 virus. We wanted to give people a chance to be together synchronously, even if it was virtual.
We included books, interactive songs, fingerplays, dances, puppets and craft ideas. We also used a guitar and a ukulele and encouraged interaction by having participants pick which instruments we would use for certain songs.
We started with two people doing the story time on camera, but as social distancing became more important, we had only one person present the story time. Another person remained behind a puppet stage operating the puppets.
One thing is certain right now: kids are home, and parents are tired. Connect with them through Facebook Live.