“Story Time Sacramento,” an online video library of popular children’s books read by community leaders, went live this week. The project, which helps to entertain while improving literacy, was spearheaded by Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby.
“This online library was inspired by all of the teachers and parents at home doing such amazing work to continue educating Sacramento’s littlest ones,” Ashby said. “We know playgrounds are closed and birthdays are difficult. There seem to be endless lists of things that kids cannot do, but there is still so much love in our city, and so many people that want to help teachers and parents.
“This is our way of showing you that we are right here with you, cheering you on and standing in awe of your amazing work,” Ashby continued. “Keep it up moms, dads, siblings, teachers and caretakers. You are making a big difference.”
The online video library currently features approximately a dozen stories geared toward early learners. Each guest reader chooses his or her favorite book to share including new and well-loved titles such as “Green Eggs and Ham.” Kids also can enjoy a special appearance from a puppet named Coyote Wolf.
Current guest readers include: Chef Patrick Mulvaney; Sacramento Police Department Chief Daniel Hahn; Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby; voice of the Sacramento Kings Scott Moak; Sacramento Republic player Sam Werner; Sutter ER Nurse Zac Rucker; Deputy Fire Chief Chad Augustin; ABC 10 reporter Mike Duffy; Sacramento Zoo Director Jason Jacobs; Sacramento Library Director Rivkah Sass; California Black Chamber of Commerce & Grammy award-winning recording artist Jay King; Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency Executive Director LaShelle Dozier.
New stories from new guest authors will be posted over the next several weeks, Ashby said.
Find the full library of videos at Story Time Sacramento.