Online Preschool Storytime takes place at the Johnson City Public Library.

Online Preschool Storytime takes place at the Johnson City Public Library.

JCPL Offers Weekly Online Story times and Crafts

August 5–26, 2020 @ Johnson City Public Library

JOHNSON CITY – Johnson City Public Library offers Online Preschool Storytime every Wednesday at 11 a.m. on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. A virtual alternative to in-person storytimes, Online Storytime feature songs, fingerplays, and ready-to-go craft kits available at curbside pickup.

The online storytimes begin like in-person storytimes do: with the “big books” rhyme that lets kids know it is time to join in. From there, a JCPL librarian reads two stories and leads an activity, a rhyme, or a song that children can participate in from home. Storytime videos are available on social media for 24 hours.

The craft kits take the place of the typical in-person craft time after storytimes. All the materials needed to complete the craft, including directions, come in a sealed bag at curbside pickup.

Youth Services Manager Betty Cobb helps lead these storytimes. “Even though the library isn't open during this unusual time, sharing Online Storytime keeps the routine and the normalcy of weekly library times going,” she says. “A child who has been coming to storytime can see a friendly, recognizable face associated with the library.”

For more information about online storytimes and curbside pickup, contact Betty Cobb at (423) 434-4350 or Learn more about JCPL and its services by calling (423) 434-4450, visiting, and following Johnson City Public Library on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Category: Literature, Youth and Family