Posting storytimes online is a great way to reach a larger audience and expand your skills as a storyteller and educator. It may seem easy to upload a short video from your phone to You Tube, but there are many important steps you need to take. Whether you are interested in filming just one story or an entire storytime, this webinar will help you get started on the right track to make your filming a success!

In this webinar, you will learn:
• Basic copyright rules for filming and how to get permission for books and music. I’ll show you the template we use to ask publishers and musicians for books and songs. You will also learn how to
search for Public Domain songs and how to use those to your advantage.
• Recording tips for filming, including issues with sound, camera angles, and space limitations. Plus, how to find a camera operator and editor!
• How to choose and present a book, flannel and song to be filmed.
• Tips for working with a live audience. Including how to choose young children and their caregivers to be filmed. Also how to work with your audience before, during and after the filming has


Original broadcast April 11, 2019

Biography ~ Melanie Borski-Howard
Melanie has studied music, theater and received her Masters in English from Utah State University. She is currently a Youth Services Librarian at Boulder Public Library in Boulder Colorado, where she has been doing storytimes since she started in 2001. Melanie had a library goal of creating a BLOG (similar to JBRARY) in 2016, but once she started collaborating with Boulder Channel 8 television station, the BLOG evolved to an actual filming of her storytimes with Alice. She is currently in her second season of the local televised program, Read With Us where they have filmed 14 shows. (https://boulderlibrary.org/youth/read-with-us/)