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DIY Library Story Time @Home

Setauket, NY – April 2, 2020 –

The staff at Emma Clark Library understands that parents are busy navigating their children’s schoolwork, their own work schedules, and trying to create enjoyable activities for their kids during this time of social distancing. Now there’s no need to research, Google, or check Pinterest for ideas. The Children’s Department at the Library will do the work for you!

Emma Clark cardholders are invited to email the title of a picture book that they already have at home, along with the ages of their children, to kids@emmaclark.org. A children’s librarian will then email back with a complete and meaningful story time plan that can easily be done from home.

This “virtual story time kit” will contain educational and fun activities around the theme and text of the book chosen by the patron. It will include fingerplays, songs, crafts (with simple household items), educational resources, online picture books, and more. The librarian will make sure the craft projects can be made with everyday items that many have in their house or backyard. They will also include links to reputable online learning sources that can be accessed for free with your library card (such as National Geographic Kids, CultureGrams: Kids Edition, and World Book Early Learning). In addition, they will make recommendations for more picture books that can be downloaded through the Library’s many eBook services (including TumbleBooks, Sesame Street eBooks, and OverDrive). Just like when the building is open, our trained librarians create the story time for you.

The safety of the public and staff remains a top priority for Emma Clark Library. While the physical building may be closed, the Library most certainly is not. The Library staff, services, and resources are still very much there for the Three Village community.


The Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, located at 120 Main Street in Setauket and online at emmaclark.org, provides public library service to all residents of the Three Village Central School District. “The Heart of the Three Village Community”