The world was turned upside down in early 2020. Many libraries were closed suddenly and children’s librarians were asked to do storytimes online, some with materials and some without. Authors and musicians were giving permission for use, but the rules of copyright have, and continue to be dubious. This brings up many important issues as to what our role is as library storytellers before, during and after this pandemic. This webinar hopes to answer questions regarding virtual storytimes and empower library workers to rise to the challenge of providing professional online early literacy to our patrons.
Our presenters will answer common questions about copyright, best practices, technology, accessibility and more. Our presenters are also happy to take follow-up questions and chat more!

Attendees will learn how to:
● Get a basic idea of how copyright works
● Find resources for copyrighted material before, after and during COVID 19
● Implement best practices in every storytime including accessibility
● Filming tips and strategies for a virtual storytime
● Do storytimes with limited materials
● Technology tips for doing storytime from home


Original broadcast May 13, 2020


Biography ~ Melanie Borski-Howard and Friends
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/)