VIRTUAL STORYTIMES AOTEAROA

NEW ZEALAND PUBLIC LIBRARY VIRTUAL STORYTIMES

Public libraries are hosting virtual storytimes around New Zealand.
If your library or library service are hosting virtual storytimes, activities, or resources for children, youth or adults please add your information here.

You can enter your library more than once if you have multiple offerings, and please provide the ‘name’ of your event/activity and provide appropriate web or social media links.

This library information will be updated below.

Name of Library Suburb Town/City Region Virtual Event/Activity Online Link Age Group
Auckland Libraries Northcote Auckland Auckland Tāmaki-makau-rau Virtual Storytime 'I Am So Handsome' Mario Ramos - Gecko Press https://www.facebook.com/Northcote.Library/videos/1879310215538154/ Children
Auckland Libraries Helensville Helensville Auckland Tāmaki-makau-rau Virtual Kids Time https://www.facebook.com/HelensvilleLibrary/ Children
Auckland Libraries Helensville Helensville Auckland Tāmaki-makau-rau Book reviews - all ages https://www.facebook.com/HelensvilleLibrary/ Adults
Auckland Libraries St Heliers Auckland Auckland Tāmaki-makau-rau Virtual Storytimes, Virtual Wriggle & Rhyme, Kids Craft videos, Doodle Challenge (drawing tutorial) videos, LEGO competitions https://www.facebook.com/StHeliersLibrary Children
Auckland Libraries Albany Village Library Albany Village Auckland Tāmaki-makau-rau Virtual Storytime https://www.facebook.com/albanyvillagelibrary/ Children
Auckland Libraries Warkworth Warkworth Auckland Tāmaki-makau-rau Virtual Storytime https://www.facebook.com/warkworthlibrary/
Auckland Libraries Mangere Bridge Auckland Auckland Tāmaki-makau-rau Virtual Storytime https://www.facebook.com/watch/MangereBridgeLibrary/321214238850262/ Children
Auckland Libraries Mangere Bridge Auckland Auckland Tāmaki-makau-rau Virtual Wriggle and Rhyme https://www.facebook.com/MangereBridgeLibrary/ Children
Auckland Libraries Onehunga Auckland Auckland Tāmaki-makau-rau Virtual Storytimes https://www.facebook.com/onehungalib/
Auckland Libraries Onehunga Auckland Auckland Tāmaki-makau-rau Virtual Wriggle and Rhyme https://www.facebook.com/onehungalib/
Auckland Libraries Clendon Auckland Auckland Tāmaki-makau-rau Virtual Storytimes, Toddler music sessions https://www.facebook.com/TeMatarikiClendonLibrary/ Children
Te Manawa Westgate Auckland Auckland Tāmaki-makau-rau Virtual Storytime https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujRmFzo9rBs&feature=youtu.be Children
Te Manawa Westgate Auckland Auckland Tāmaki-makau-rau Virtual storytim
Te Manawa Westgate Auckland Auckland Tāmaki-makau-rau Virtual Storytime https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK8fC1ZMcS0&feature=youtu.be Children
Te Manawa Westgate Auckland Auckland Tāmaki-makau-rau Virtual storytime https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2hnZzakcWc&feature=youtu.be Children
Te Manawa Westgate Auckland Auckland Tāmaki-makau-rau Virtual storytime https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALtjrtUaAmQ&feature=youtu.be Children
Te Manawa Westgate Auckland Auckland Tāmaki-makau-rau Virtual storytime https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcI7MoRXLO0&feature=youtu.be Children
Te Manawa Westgate Auckland Auckland Tāmaki-makau-rau Rhyme Time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOBnp1SFN1c&feature=youtu.be Children
Te Manawa Westgate Auckland Auckland Tāmaki-makau-rau Rhyme Time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCiaHKMXpvU&feature=youtu.be Children
Te Manawa Westgate Auckland Auckland Tāmaki-makau-rau Rhyme Time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSmP7KrL5vk&feature=youtu.be Children
Auckland Tāmaki-makau-rau Children
Glen Innes Library Glen Innes Auckland Auckland Tāmaki-makau-rau Virtual storytime https://www.facebook.com/GlenInnesLibrary/ Children
Glen Innes Library Glen Innes AUckland Auckland Tāmaki-makau-rau Virtual Wriggle & Rhyme https://www.facebook.com/GlenInnesLibrary/
Tauranga City Libraries Tauranga Bay of Plenty Te Moana-a-Toi Bubble Life Jnr https://sites.google.com/view/bubblelifejnr/home?fbclid=IwAR1s634N4Mqh6E-_KyOeaDqt2OlRNSbnKWIghUfRLty-4Vl39c9eHkmDM5M Children
Tauranga City Libraries Tauranga Bay of Plenty Te Moana-a-Toi Bubble Life https://sites.google.com/view/bubblelife/home?authuser=0 Youth
Western Bay of Plenty Libraries Katikati Katikati/Bay of Plenty Bay of Plenty Te Moana-a-Toi Online Storytime https://www.facebook.com/westernbaylibraries/ Children
Christchurch City Libraries Christchurch Canterbury Waitaha Digital Storytimes-Wā Kōrero https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/storytimes/ Children
Selwyn Libraries Rolleston, Darfield, Leeston, Lincoln Canterbury Waitaha Virtual Stoytime https://www.facebook.com/SelwynLibraries/ Children
Timaru District Libraries Timaru Canterbury Waitaha Virtual Storytime https://www.facebook.com/timarudistrictlibraries/ Children
Waimakariri Libraries Rangiora, Kaiapoi & Oxford North Canterbury Canterbury Waitaha Virtual Storytimes, Babytimes, Lego Club, Craft, Speak easy Samoan, Childrens chapter book serial storytime & toddler times https://www.facebook.com/waimakaririlibraries/ Children
Christchurch City Libraries Canterbury Waitaha Campfire - Stories Read Aloud for Adults https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/campfire-stories-read-aloud-for-adults/ Adults
HB Williams Memorial Library Gisborne Gisborne Te Tai Rāwhiti Virtual Storytime https://www.facebook.com/GisborneLibrary/ Children
HB Williams Memorial Library Gisborne Gisborne Te Tai Rāwhiti Virtual Storytime http://www.gpl.govt.nz/online-learning/digital-storytime.aspx Children
Palmerston North City Library Palmerston North Manawatū-Whanganui Jumping Jellybeans stories and music 4yrs https://www.facebook.com/ChildrenatPNCityLibrary Children
Palmerston North City Library Palmersston North Manawatū-Whanganui Baby Bop 0 - 2yrs https://www.facebook.com/ChildrenatPNCityLibrary Children
Nelson Public Libraries Nelson Nelson Whakatū Story Time https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC56RiBRptAhrBLrNsd0RdXg?view_as=subscriber Children
Far North District Libraries Kawakawa Kawakawa Northland Te Tai Tokerau Virtual Storytime https://www.facebook.com/kawakawa.library/ Children
Far North District Libraries Kerikeri Kerikeri Northland Te Tai Tokerau Storytime https://www.facebook.com/procterlibrary/videos/1539901452828246/ Children
Whangarei District Libraries Whangarei Northland Te Tai Tokerau Preschool Funtimes aka Virtual Storytimes, Weekly LEGO challenges http://www.whangarei-libraries.com/Kids/LittleKids/Pages/Preschool-Funtimes.aspx
Far North District Libraries Kerikeri Northland Te Tai Tokerau Virtual Storytime https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=procter%20library%20-%20kerikeri&epa=SEARCH_BOX Children
Far North District Libraries Kawakawa Kawakawa Northland Te Tai Tokerau Virtual storytime https://www.facebook.com/kawakawa.library/videos/580627739237626/ Children
Queenstown Lakes District Libraries Frankton Queenstown Otago Ōtākou Virtual Storytime & Craft https://www.facebook.com/qtlakeslibraries/videos/227545404972701/ Children
Puke Ariki and Community Libraries New Plymouth District Taranaki Online Crackerjacks, virtual storytimes https://www.facebook.com/events/3137519486312237/ Children
Puke Ariki and Community Libraries New Plymouth District Taranaki Online Crackerjacks, virtual storytimes https://www.facebook.com/events/1384049791763917/ Children
Puke Ariki and Community Libraries New Plymouth District Taranaki Online Crackerjacks, virtual storytimes https://www.facebook.com/events/528429257865757/
South Taranaki LibraryPlus South Taranaki Taranaki Pre-school https://www.facebook.com/LibraryPlus/
South Taranaki LibraryPlus South Taranaki Taranaki Bilingual Tot Time Read https://www.facebook.com/LibraryPlus/
South Taranaki LibraryPlus South Taranaki Taranaki Bilingual Tot Time Read https://www.facebook.com/LibraryPlus/
South Taranaki LibraryPlus South Taranaki Taranaki Bilingual Tot Time Read https://www.facebook.com/LibraryPlus/
South Taranaki LibraryPlus South Taranaki Taranaki Bilingual Tot Time Read https://www.facebook.com/LibraryPlus/ Children
Puke Ariki and Community Libraries New Plymouth District Taranaki Online Crackerjacks, virtual storytimes https://www.facebook.com/events/317053142594560/
South Taranaki LibraryPlus South Taranaki Taranaki Bilingual Tot Time Read Children
South Taranaki LibraryPlus South Taranaki Taranaki Bilingual Tot Time Read https://www.facebook.com/LibraryPlus/ Children
Puke Ariki and Community Libraries New Plymouth District Taranaki Online Crackerjacks, virtual storytimes https://www.facebook.com/PukeAriki/videos/3004249709690778/ Children
South Taranaki LibraryPlus South Taranaki Taranaki Bilingual Tot Time Read https://www.facebook.com/LibraryPlus/
Puke Ariki and Community Libraries New Plymouth District Taranaki Online Crackerjacks, virtual storytimes https://www.facebook.com/PukeAriki/videos/562424261373434/
South Taranaki LibraryPlus Hawera Hawera Taranaki Virtual Storytime https://www.facebook.com/LibraryPlus/videos/575088483432875/ Children
Tasman District Libraries Motueka, Richmond, Takaka Tasman Te Tai-o-Aorere Virtual Storytimes, Preschool sessions https://www.facebook.com/tasmanlibraries/?ref=bookmarks Children
Matamata-Piako District Libraries Morrinsville, Matamata, Te Aroha Waikato Build-A-Toddler Time http://matamatapiakolibraries.co.nz/index.php/kids/build-a-toddler-time.html Children
Matamata-Piako District Libraries Morrinsville, Matamata, Te Aroha Waikato Bubble Busters http://matamatapiakolibraries.co.nz/index.php/digital/bubble-busters.html
Mercury Bay Library Mercury Bay Whitinaga Waikato Virtual Storytime https://www.facebook.com/groups/1402049556734723/permalink/2589141781358822 Children
Waipā District Libraries Cambridge, Te Awamutu Waikato Virtual Storytime (Saturdays at 7), Makerspace (Daily weekday) https://www.facebook.com/waipadistrictlibraries/ Children
Waipā District Libraries Cambridge, Te Awamutu Waikato Podcasts of library and place history https://www.waipalibraries.org.nz/your-library/podcasts/ Adults
Waipā District Libraries Cambridge, Te Awamutu Waikato Virtual Storytime (Saturdays at 7), Makerspace (Daily weekday) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpZwzBfB49wo9ikubOHKYWg Children
Waipā District Libraries Cambridge, Te Awamutu Waikato Virtual Storytime (Saturdays at 7), Makerspace (Daily weekday) https://www.waipalibraries.org.nz/services/programmes/makerspace/ Children
Waipā District Libraries Cambridge/Te Awamutu Cambridge, Te Awamutu Waikato Virtual Wriggle n Rhyme https://www.facebook.com/waipadistrictlibraries/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpZwzBfB49wo9ikubOHKYWg Children
Waipā District Libraries Cambridge/Te Awamutu Cambridge, Te Awamutu Waikato Toddler Time - Virtual Storytime https://www.facebook.com/waipadistrictlibraries/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpZwzBfB49wo9ikubOHKYWg Children
Hutt City Libraries Taita Lower Hutt Wellington Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara Things to do at home with kids https://www.facebook.com/pg/walternashcentre/posts/?ref=page_internal Children
Masterton District Library Masterton Masterton Wellington Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara Online StoryGoRound https://www.facebook.com/202906246433116/videos/658913738221304/ Children
Porirua Libraries Porirua Wellington Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara Story World at Your Place https://www.facebook.com/groups/PoriruaLibraryChildrensChat/ Children
Wellington City Libraries Wellington Wellington Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara Virtual Storytimes https://www.facebook.com/wellingtoncitylibraries Children
Wellington City Libraries Wellington Wellington Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara Stay at Home Fest http://www.wcl.govt.nz/blog/index.php/tag/stayathomefest/ Adults
Wellington City Libraries Wellington Wellington Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara Virtual Baby Rock and Rhyme https://www.facebook.com/johnsonvillelibrary Children
Wellington City Libraries Wellington Wellington Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara Teen Writers Online http://www.wcl.govt.nz/blogs/teens/index.php/2020/04/01/got-a-month-get-writing-with-campnano/ Youth
Wellington City Libraries Wellington Wellington Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara Hear Other Humans (Discord) http://www.wcl.govt.nz/blogs/teens/index.php/2020/04/21/hear-other-humans-live-in-conversation-with-elizabeth-knox/ Youth
Wellington City Libraries Wellington Wellington Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara Family Lockdown Challenges http://www.wcl.govt.nz/blogs/kids/index.php/category/family-lockdown-challenges/ Children
Wellington City Libraries Wellington Wellington Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara StayAtHome Film Festival http://www.wcl.govt.nz/blog/index.php/tag/film-festival/ Adults
Wellington City Libraries Wellington Wellington Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara Quarantunes https://www.facebook.com/johnsonvillelibrary Adults
Wellington City Libraries Wellington Wellington Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara Kids' Club Book Reviews http://www.wcl.govt.nz/blogs/kids/index.php/kids-club-reviews/ Children
Koruanui Stokes Valley Stokes Valley Lower Hutt Wellington Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara Koraunui Stories https://www.facebook.com/koraunuihub/ Children
Hutt City Libraries Lower Hutt Wellington Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara Onine Storytime https://www.facebook.com/watch/HuttCityLibraries/236618377528674/ Children
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VIRTUAL STORYTIMES AOTEAROA DURING COVID-19

GUIDELINES FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES

The Coalition for Books is coordinating the relationship between publishers, authors and libraries and have created a webpage  www.coalitionforbooks.nz/storytime which will be available from March 31 and updated regularly. Here you will find a list of publishers who have given their permission for librarians to create online storytimes (in accordance with the guidelines below). The web page will also share links to New Zealand children’s book authors’ own readings and content that can be linked to; this means you may not need to create your own readings.

If you come across an author who is doing their own reading and which isn’t listed, please do let us know via  ellie.coalitionforbooks@gmail.com and we will add it to the list. In this way, we can create a new online storytime community – a positive outcome from COVID-19!

There are copyright implications with this kind of initiative, and with the support of Copyright Licensing New Zealand we have created guidelines below which publishers, who are offering their books through this process, ask libraries to follow.

GUIDELINES FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES

  1. Please use technology that does not allow a live-streaming or recording to be downloaded by the public. You can use Zoom, Facebook Live, Vimeo, and YouTube as well as others. It may be necessary to adjust the default settings to prevent users from downloading your broadcast.
  2. If you upload a video or host a live-stream, please ensure that you designate the content as ‘Unlisted’ not ‘Public’ when uploading. You can point users to your content via your own website or through your library’s social media
  3. If you use an open-platform (one that isn’t only available to your customers)  please log the following details of the stream or recording into this spreadsheet:
    • Your library name
    • Book title
    • ISBN
    • Author/s and Illustrator/s
    • The link to the reading online
  4. Once the agreed period ends, you must destroy all recordings, and remove any online recordings from your platforms. These storytime or read aloud live events may not be maintained in the archive of the social media platform and appropriate measures should be taken to ensure that videos of the live events are not retained. Because these platforms automatically archive live events by default, when your event has concluded, please locate the recorded live video in your account (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) and delete it.
  5. Please acknowledge the book’s title, author and illustrator and the publisher at the start of your reading.
    When you’re streaming or posting, please tag authors and publishers where practical so that they can connect with your audience too.

These special temporary arrangements will remain in force whilst New Zealand is at Level 2. The agreement will be reviewed during Level 2 and sufficient notice will be given to allow libraries time to remove recordings, when this becomes necessary

​If you have any questions about how this guide applies to your particular circumstances, please contact the LIANZA Standing Committee on Copyright at lianzacopyright@gmail.com

VIRTUAL STORYTIMES FAQ

  1. Can I share links?
    Yes! You may share links to websites or other virtual storytime sessions. This is not breaking copyright law. 
  2. Can I share ebooks if the publisher is on the list?
    Yes, the agreement relates to all formats. 
  3. Can you only read books that are in your library collection?
    You can read any books from the publishers that are listed on the Coalition for Books website.
  4. Do you have to have copyright for a book discussed in a Zoom book group?
    No, you don’t need copyright permission to discuss a book over Zoom. 
  5. Can we read Beatrix Potter?
    Yes, Beatrix Potter books are out of copyright.
  6. Can we sing songs and do fingerplays?
    Yes, as long as the songs are in the public domain and out of copyright, like nursery rhymes.
  7. Are the guidelines for US Librarians for virtual storytimes applicable here in NZ?
    No they are not applicable as US Librarians are covered by fair use. New Zealand does not have fair use and recommend you use the guidelines on the Coalition for Books website. 
  8. Can I show the books pages in my video?
    Yes you can.
  9. Can I scan a full book and send the files to another librarian who would like a copy to read aloud?
    No, you cannot do this without permission from the copyright owner. The Coalition for Books agreement only allows for the read aloud of a book to be recorded. 
  10. I want to do a Facebook Live reading. What must I do with the file to ensure I comply with the agreement?
    You must ensure that the Facebook Live is not downloadable or recordable. 

LIANZA WEBINAR

  • The Virtual Storytimes Aotearoa webinar held on Tuesday March 31, 2020 is HERE and the PowerPoint is HERE.
    NB: There is a useful checklist on page 16.
  • The LIANZA Copright Q&A for virtual library events meeting held Tuesday April 14, 2020 is HERE.

WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO THE PHYSICAL BOOK?

We realise that you may not have a huge selection of books at home to use in your storytimes. However, you can still share links to other people’s virtual readings, provide or request a virtual reading!
Contribute your personal list of titles to the shared list of titles so others can request a virtual reading