Ring, Ring…it is the phone again. Whether the cellular phone or the
on the kitchen table, phones seem to be a strong part of today’s
Believe it or not, reading is incorporated on the telephone too. The
of libraries have reading lines that cater to children who are looking
for a great story.
libraries are involved with bringing reading to the young by their
lines. The premise is simple – if you can’t get to the library to read
a story, then you can call to listen.
more frequently) a new story is placed on a recorder that can be called
by anyone. The stories, lasting anywhere from 5 – 15 minutes, are
journeys that appeal to children. Using inflections of the voice,
librarians are able to pull the joys of library reading time into a
format accommodating today’s busy lifestyle yet holding your child’s
If your child had the particular book at home, they could easily follow
along or if they are just listening they can picture the images in
not the only place on the telephone where you can find words being used
that maybe interesting for kids. In big cities like New York and
there is a daily quote line. Once called a prerecorded quote is recited
on the telephone (usually positive) for listening. High school students
in these areas are sometimes required to call the lines daily for
and dictating skills as homework. There is the time and
number found in almost every city that can be called to listen or to
down and keep track of the current conditions.
why reading lines are successful. Found across the country, they cross
language barriers as well. In the Los Angeles area, you can hear a
in Italian, English, Spanish, German Chinese, Japanese, and French with
just a touch of a keypad. Libraries in the area also have stories on
websites and some even have RealPlayer for the kids to listen too.
can be done by example. Giving kids a taste of what lies on the pages
the written words will no doubt encourage them to find out more about
library and of course books.