Story time: A virtual alternative

Story time is important for kids, Wyoming PBS Marketing and Outreach Director

Jennifer Amend said. This is why WyomingPBS decided to launch a virtual story time that features children’s authors from Wyoming.

“Story Time with Wyoming Authors came about as we were trying to figure out ways in which we could provide support to families and young children during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Carol Garber, Education Coordinator for WyomingPBS in a press release. “We recognized that library services were going to be limited during this unprecedented time and that regular story time events would likely suffer.”    

            According to the press release, new stories are posted on Facebook, Youtube and the WyomingPBS website every Wednesday at 10 a.m.

            Amend said they chose this time because that is when most library story times took place.

            They have had over a dozen entries from all over the state, with many authors having more than one book, Amend said. There are stories scheduled through the first week in October, according to Amend.

            WyomingPBS doesn’t have anymore plans after that, Amend said, but come later in July they will look at ways they can expand.

            “We wanted to fill a gap for summer,” Amend said. “We are now seeing all of the directions this can go.”

            Young adult and chapter book authors also responded to the call for children’s authors, Amend said. They might also bundle up the videos to give to schools and public libraries, according to Amend.

            “We are just so impressed with the quality of content we are receiving,” Amend said. “We are proud to be able to provide a platform for these talented artists.”