Virtual Story Time


The sisters in our book center in St. Louis, Missouri, held a virtual story hour to reach out to children and families. The event lasted a week, Monday to Friday, from 10:30-11:15 a.m. The sisters report: “We used a combination of Zoom and YouTube, reading stories here in St. Louis as well as using our Storytime videos on YouTube that had been produced in Boston. About 25 mothers registered for the initiative: they sent us their email addresses and received a link. About 15-20 children tuned in each day. We invited them to draw a picture from their favorite story, bring it into the book center (via their parents’ phone), receive a gift, and meet the sisters in person.”

Our sisters in St. Louis are thinking about using this format again in the Fall (unless they can meet in person) for the program Praying with Our Pets, for the Feast of St. Francis. (Children can bring their pet or stuffed animal, pray for their pet, and listen to the story of St. Francis.)