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Online Story Time & Coronavirus: It’s Fair Use, Folks by Sarah Ostman, ALA Public Programs Office (03/24/2020)
As your library moves many of its services online in response to the coronavirus pandemic, you may be wondering about the legality of posting recorded story times to your Facebook or YouTube page. The answer lies in “fair use.”

Tackling Copyright Concerns When Taking Storytime Online (SLJ) by Carrie Russell (04/09/2019)
American Library Association’s director of public policy and advocacy Carrie Russell breaks down the copyright issues, if any, of digital storytimes.

Distance Read-Alouds by Sam Northern (03/19/2020)
From the Journal of the American Association of School Librarians, this post discusses the four factors of fair use that library staff should consider before recording a virtual storytime.

Virtual Programming and Patron Privacy (04/28/2020)
Blog post from the Association of Library Services for Children about being aware of patron privacy as we create virtual programming during Covid-19.

Ethically Sharing Children’s and Young Adult Literature Online by Judi Moreillon (03/23/2020)
Curated list of resources is to ethically share children’s and young adult literature online

Publishers Adapt Policies To Help Educators
This post from School Library Journal is being frequently updated to reflect the latest policies from publishers about using their books online.

Storytimes: Filming Before, During and After COVID-19 (04/10/2020)
Six great presenters from Colorado provided an excellent webinar on virtual storytimes (recorded – don’t need password, just click OK)

Adjusted Fair Use Policies from publishers (updated as needed)
Children’s Book Council list of fair use policies by publisher

Don’t have the bandwidth to do virtual storytime? Link to and advertise Storyline Online with celebrities reading children’s books. Pick one for each week and link it in your social media. StoryLineOnline: https://www.youtube.com/c/StorylineOnlineSAF/videos


Considering Copyright During A Crisis Part 1 by American Libraries

Copyright and COVID, Part 2 ,by American Libraries

Technical Aspects of Virtual Programming

Presenting Virtual Library Programming in Uncertain Times from The Programming Librarian (ALA) presents some examples of platforms along with tips and ideas.

Program Model: Virtual Comic-Con The Programming Librarian. While you might not be interested in a comic-con, their planning model offers great insight!

Virtual Resource Round Up, The Programming Librarian. A wealth of articles and webinars for how to.

Covid-19 Children’s Books

A curated collection of free eBooks in multiple languages for children about the Coronavirus / COVID-19.

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
Comic that includes information from healthcare experts interviewed for an NPR story. Can also be printed and folded into a zine.

Handwashing posters & other materials for children and teens
Center for Disease Control (CDC)

BrainPOP: Coronavirus
BrainPOP offers a surprisingly entertaining, at times humorous, basic explanation of COVID-19 and needed precautions for elementary age children and young teens.



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