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Posted on: September 3, 2021

Three ways to listen to a story with Rock Island Public Library

soft focus photo of baby being read a book

Parents and other caregivers now have more options for storytimes at the Rock Island Public Library.

In addition to the library’s ongoing virtual storytimes, offered at 10:30 am on Tuesdays via Facebook Live, the library has begun a limited in-person Friday storytime at the Rock Island Public Library Southwest branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road. The in-person version will be offered at 10:30 am on September 10, 24, and October 1. There is no storytime on September 17.

Whenever possible, the in-person storytimes will be offered outside. If conditions require moving inside to the Southwest Library Community Room, masks will be required for all patrons over age 2. To ensure social distancing, the inside storytime is limited to 25 people, including parents/caregivers. A caregiver must attend with the child.

At both the virtual and in-person storytimes, Children’s Librarian Ranell Dennis offers a story, song, rhyme, or fingerplay, and an activity for children ages five and under. The Tuesday virtual storytime is also available on demand afterwards via the Rock Island Library Facebook page or YouTube channel. The events are free and open to any parent/caregiver and their children.

And if you're in the mood to listen to a story anytime of the day or night, the Library's Dial-A-Story phone line is always available at 309-732-7002. Each week features a new story read by library and volunteer readers. Stories change each Wednesday. 

For more details, visit the library website, call 309-732-READ, or follow the library pages on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 

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