Browse and play some of our favorite storytimes!
Best of Summer 2020
Find a full playlist of about 25 of our favorite online storytimes from the summer of 2020!
Baby and Toddler Storytimes
Ms. Mary! Baby and Toddler Storytime
Ms. Tori Family Storytime - TALK LIKE A PIRATE!
Ms. Dana Family Storytime
Ms. Sarah D. Family Storytime
Ms. Melody Family Storytime
Miss Shelly Family Storytime
September: Dig Into Archaeology!
Check back every month for a new topic!
WATCH THIS: Archaeology Videos!
Laugh and learn about archaeology with Miss Julia and this Factivities video!
Enjoy these videos from National Geographic Kids about Archaeology!
Paddle around this! Archaeology Padlet
Kids Read Reading Lists: Archaeology
Text Set Read-Along about Archaeology - a collection of articles about archaeology you can find in the library's databases!
Reading Lists by Kids Read Types:
Rabbit Trails: Follow These Leads!
See https://www.tulsalibrary.org/kids-read-curious-world for lots MORE content!
Test Your Archaeology Knowledge!
After learning all about archaeology, quiz yourself with this fun Kahoot!
Lots of wonderful storytimes out there in the digital realm - here are just some of our favorites!
Every day Monday through Thursday at 10:30 a.m., mosey over to the main Facebook page of the Tulsa City-County Library and find your favorite children's library staff conducting a storytime! Can't make it at that time? No worries - the videos will be available after the storytimes are over.
Who better knows how to bring stories to life than actors? This award-winning children's literacy site features well-known actors reading from a variety of books. Includes supplemental curriculum developed by educators.
Astronauts read to you from the International Space Station!
This YouTube channel features fun readings with books for different ages.
Big surprise - kids' authors love kids! And they want to make sure kids are still reading while we're all safe at home. Here are a few of our top author video sites:
Oliver Jeffers ("The Day the Crayons Quit", "Stuck", "The Incredible Book-Eating Boy") promises "A Book A Day" - and he delivers!
Your favorite Elephant & Piggie author and illustrator has been demonstrating fun and amazing doodles since mid-March.
This YouTube channel collects authors such as Grace Lin and Angela Dominguez sharing their work and writing and drawing tips.
School at Home
For more structured learning resources to access at home, here are a few things to check out.
Check out some of the kid-friendly databases that will teach you and your family about the world: Brittanica PreK-8, Daily Life Through History, A to Z World Food, Popular Culture Universe, and World Folklore & Folklife all have fascinating articles, pictures, videos, and more about a variety of topics.
This nonprofit has been working on grade-specific curriculum for the past 30 years and offers a variety of both student and teacher guides for free online.
The Great Minds organization has collected video lessons on a variety of topics and grade levels, appropriate for your classroom at home.
Build A Reader Storytimes
We don't just have fun at our storytimes... we help get your child ready to read! Led by professional library staff trained in supporting children's literacy and learning development, our Build A Reader storytimes follow the Every Child Ready to Read initiative established by the Public Library Association.
IMPORTANT: Because of the pandemic, all storytimes are virtual until further notice.
Build A Reader Stay & Plays
Playing is a cornerstone of literacy development. That’s why after many of our storytimes, libraries offer “Stay & Play” sessions where librarians break out developmentally appropriate toys for families to play with together. We’ll also show you some ideas of how to play with those toys and re-create the play experience at home.
IMPORTANT: We will resume this program when it is safe to do so.
Build A Reader Centers
We are building readers at every library location in Tulsa and Tulsa County! But four libraries – Hardesty Regional Library, Herman and Kate Kaiser Library, Martin Regional Library, and Owasso Library – offer even more specialized programming, parenting collections, and learning resources for families based on the “playing is learning” concept.
Build A Reader App
When you can’t make it to the library for storytime, you can still get storytime…in your pocket! Search for “Tulsa City-County Library” in your app store on your phone or electronic device and download the FREE Build A Reader app. You’ll find videos demonstrating songs and fingerplays as well as great book recommendations.
How to Find Great Books for Your Baby & Young Child
Beanstack is an online book recommendation service the library subscribes to so that you can find books for the entire family. Go to https://tulsalibrary.beanstack.org, create an account, and create a reader profile for your child. Beanstack will suggest titles based on your child's interests and age!
Another great resource? Children's librarians and library staff! Ask your library location's children's staff person for recommendations and suggestions.
After-School Homework Club
During the school year, students in grades 3 through 8 can register to receive homework assistance at six libraries. For more information, click here.
IMPORTANT: This program is now virtual, until further notice.
PAWS for Reading
PAWS for Reading is a literacy program that matches young readers (children ages 5 to 12) with certified therapy dogs in order to improve reading confidence, motivation, fluency, and joy. Supported by the Raymond and Bessie Kravis Foundation.
IMPORTANT: We are still doing PAWS for Reading! But sessions are virtual. Check the monthly event guide for more details about upcoming virtual sessions.
Books To Treasure
Every year, the library celebrates the beauty and power of children’s literature with the Books To Treasure program. Sponsored by the Anne and Henry Foundation since its inception in 2003, Books To Treasure has grown into a Tulsa tradition for all second-grade students in Tulsa County. These youngsters receive a free copy of the featured illustrator’s book, the chance to get their very own library card, and an opportunity to see the illustrator in person.
Children's Summer Reading Program
Keep school skills fresh and help your child discover the joy of reading! Every year starting in late May and ending in early August, children from babies to entering 5th graders are invited to participate in the Summer Reading Program. Reading books and visiting the library during the summer allows them to earn great prizes and coupons for food and local recreation.
Our goal with this weekly blog is to support parents, caregivers, and educators as they usher children into the world of literacy. We want to help you develop children into curious readers, motivated learners, and fully literate citizens.
Check back every week for articles with tips about how to support your children’s literacy and suggestions of great books to make reading both fun and empowering.
The Tulsa City-County Library collection is a perfect supplement to any classroom curriculum. An Educational Institution Card allows teachers to check out books for classroom use for 42 days, instead of the usual 14. Teachers/child care leaders must show verification of employment to be issued an Educational Institution card.
To get an Educational Institution Card, ask at any Tulsa City-County Library location for an application and complete it with employment verification. Call the library at 549-7323 with any questions.