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Anne Arundel libraries offer virtual storytelling and activities, spend $150,000 on digital collections

Carlotta Capuano kicked off the first of Anne Arundel County Public Library’s daily live streamed storytimes on Facebook Thursday morning. While it’s closed during the coronavirus pandemic, the library system is offering virtual programming for the next two weeks and expanding its digital resources to help customers of all ages fight boredom.
Carlotta Capuano kicked off the first of Anne Arundel County Public Library’s daily live streamed storytimes on Facebook Thursday morning. While it’s closed during the coronavirus pandemic, the library system is offering virtual programming for the next two weeks and expanding its digital resources to help customers of all ages fight boredom.(Screenshot / Capital Gazette)

Carlotta Capuano missed seeing the faces of children she read to during library storytimes.

Thursday, they got to see hers.

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Capuano kicked off the first of Anne Arundel County Public Library’s daily live streamed storytimes on Facebook Thursday morning.

While it’s closed during the coronavirus pandemic, the library system is offering virtual programming for the next two weeks and expanding its digital resources to help customers of all ages fight boredom.

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“I’m envisioning my little camera as one of my regular little storytimers,” Capuano said.

Every day starting Thursday, the library system is offering live storytimes from its team of early literacy specialists at 10:30 a.m. (for the next two weeks, except Sundays), 30-minute concerts from the band SQRRL! at noon and Miss Johanna’s STEM activity of the day at 1:15 p.m at facebook.com/aacpl.

“There will be a bunch of us doing this all the kids watching will get to see all their favorite from all over our system," Capuano said.

The Great Movies discussion club will also be held on the AACPL Facebook page on Fridays at 7 p.m. This week’s selection is “Murder on the Orient Express."

The library also announced that it expects to purchase $150,000 worth of new digital content to increase its collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, movie streaming, music and databases over the next two weeks.

One of those new resources is TumbleMath, where kindergarten through fifth-grade children can learn math concepts using animated picture books online and follow along with lesson plans or quizzes.

The library is also lifting limits on some digital resources including content for adults on Kanopy streaming and access to Ancestry.com Library Edition, which was only available at the library before.

Customers who sign up for a virtual library card will now have 90 days to visit a branch to trade it in for a full-service physical card instead of the usual 60 days. Anyone who lives, works or owns property in Maryland is eligible for an Anne Arundel County Public Library card.

Library branches closed on March 14 for coronavirus concerns and are expected to stay closed until March 29.

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