The Avondale Public Library has launched Dial-a-Story, a new storytime service that will offer everyone access to a free, weekly recorded storytime, featuring expert children’s librarians, special guests or specialty programming by phone. No apps or internet needed. Recordings will be released every week.   

Dial 623-400-6321 to access a kids Dial-a-Story phone line.

Dial 623-400-7885 to access the senior storyline, featuring Golden Age Radio.

Each storytime will run between 5 and 15 minutes. The books used each week for the kids Dial-a-Story will be selected from traditional stories, fairytales and recordings from live storytimes.  

The featured English children’s story for the first week of April will be “The Monkey Who Loved Chocolate.” The featured Spanish children’s story for the first week of April will be “Juanito y los frijoles mágicos.” The original 1935 Flash Gordon Radio Show will be featured on the senior storyline, with new episodes Monday to Friday all of April. 

“We are living through an exceptional time, and we feel a great responsibility to find new ways to reach more people who can benefit from the library’s programs,” said TerryAnn Lawler, library manager. “We appreciate the CARES Act funding awarded to make this pilot program possible.”

Dial-a-Story is the latest way the library is supporting patrons during the unprecedented challenges of a global pandemic, including those who do not have access to the internet. 

This program was funded by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the secretary of state, as part of CARES Act funding, made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). 

CARES Act funding from IMLS is intended to help “prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, including to expand digital network access, purchase internet accessible devices, and provide technical support services.”

Visit the Avondale Library website for more details, or follow on Facebook (@AvondaleLibrary), for the chance to win prizes associated with this new library feature; avondalelibrary.org.