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Build A Reader Storytimes ON DEMAND

Family Storytimes

Ms. Tori!

 

Tori January

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29kzDmb3qUM

Ms. Dana!

 

Dana January

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6RdJsd8srw

Ms. Melody!

Melody January

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NyTOKz-c1s

Ms. Haley!

 

Haley January

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCN5WI4YRxY

Ms. Melody!

 

Melody December

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRvm349wDzQ

Ms. Cindy!

 

Cindy December

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc2xIb8n610

Ms. Dana!

 

Dana December

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFgFGUqpZXw

Ms. Sarah!

Sarah D December

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wjs_nmV7OQ

Ms. Cindy!

Cindy November 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sT_6QEBNYm8

Mr. Paul!

 

Paul November

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKBgXKKlVUM

Ms. Tori!

Tori November

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzTneQ7dxiM

Ms. Dana!

 

Dana November

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Dm3tX4ikok

Ms. Melody!

Melody November

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p62475Cv8C8

Ms. Sarah!

Ms. Sarah November 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sbeVr1K4jc

Ms. Tori!

Tori October

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmM0f6Tzeq4

Ms. Cindy!

 

Cindy November

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwRBWvpoSfE

Ms. Dana!

Dana October

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebKEfPozrJs

Ms. Tanzy!

 

Tanzy October

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jsgh5HQ7p2k

Mr. Alex!

 

Alex October

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se9Q9YDi-t8

Ms. Shelly!

Ms. Shelly

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bORlZn7JSqw

Ms. Melody!

Ms. Melody

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zo0mf12KZM

Ms. Sarah!

 

Ms. Sarah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCwkseeBP-w

Ms. Haley!

Ms. Haley September

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5OV73NFYgw

Ms. Tanzy!

Ms. Tanzy September

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnamJIPlPy0

Ms. Cindy!

Ms. Cindy September

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBDHCMpZ0kw

Ms. Tori! - TALK LIKE A PIRATE!

Miss Tori Pirate

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mtLaCAOFkg

 

Ms. Dana!

Miss Dana storytime

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U07xv7pGzx8

 

Ms. Sarah D.! 

Sarah Davis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwDVMmhYHCg

 

Ms. Melody!

 

Ms Melody storytime

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqOZCjoUXQQ

 

Ms. Shelly! 

Shelly Wimberley

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfqSi5HeXTc

Kids Read Curious World

January: Blast Off! Space & Planets
Check back every month for a new topic!

Virtual Escape Room for Kids!

Check out this fun virtual escape room. What would it be like to be an astronaut trying to escape the Space Station?

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1RE1TYPeKLF3pS7YGSmTt1JQcAVID5Ac9-Dkkh8CE61E/edit?usp=sharing 

Space Escape

Can You Make a Rocket?

Let Ms. Emily show you how to make a rocket at home with common household items!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2cPtBbcm48

 How to make a rocket

 

Here are the instructions: https://www.tulsalibrary.org/sites/default/files/2021-01/Rocket%20instructions%20from%20video-Take%20Home%20Kit.pdf

More! More! More! Blast Off!

See https://www.tulsalibrary.org/kids-read-curious-world for lots MORE content related to space and planets!

Safe at Home

Online Storytimes

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.

 

Author Videos

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.

Just for Fun

Download and print these adorable Build A Reader coloring pages from the Tulsa City-County Library!

Generations Celebrations!

We're helping children and their beloved adults of all generations celebrate each other! Pick up a "Generations Celebrations" story starter brochure at any of your favorite libraries starting in mid-November or print one at this link.

Programs for Babies & Young Children

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.

Fall 2019 "1-2-3 Play With Me" workshops

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.

Programs for School-Aged Children

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.

Other Resources for Parents & Educators

Kids Blog

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.

Educational Cards

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.