North Platte Public Library moves story time online

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - For the time being, the North Platte Public Library is not open to the public. However, the staff has found a way to provide some of its services through the internet. Every day, Monday through Friday, the library will be posting a children's book story time on its Facebook page.

North Platte Public Library Assistant Librarian, Chris Green, reads "Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson for the library's online story time. (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)

Chris Green, the Assistant Librarian in the Junior Room, reads the stories while being recorded.

"We still wanted to do story time and so we thought this would be a good alternative for the kiddos, and maybe kiddos who don't come to the library can also enjoy the story time," Green said.

Green feels books are important part of development for children, and hopes continuing story time online will inspire kids to read more.

"Kids need to listen to stories and need to read stories. The more you can introduce them to that early age, the more they're going to enjoy it as they get older, and they're going to love to read even as an adult. So, we really want to encourage kids to come in and read," she said.

Green is nervous being in front of a camera, and much prefers to be in front of a group of kids to read, but with social distancing, that is not an option.

“We need to do what we need to do to bring them some normalcy and enjoyment, even if it is just for a little time together,” Green said.