Library Launches Dial-A-Story Service

posted: August 23rd, 2010 03:25 pm | 1Comment

If your kids are begging for a story but you’re on the go, try calling the Newport Beach Library’s brand-new Dial-a-Story line.

The line, launched today, can be reached at (949) 717-3877. The line is available 24 hours a day and will feature a new story every week, library officials said.

This week’s story, which lasts about five minutes, is about the Billy Goats Gruff.

One Response to “Library Launches Dial-A-Story Service”



January 8th, 2012

Growing up, my family did not have much money. I am now 34, but some 30 years ago even an in-home telephone was a luxury we did not have. A memory I still cherish is of a service just like the dial-a-story service you offer. Our next door neighbor was an elderly lady, close to my Granny's age and almost as sweet (nobody could ever be as sweet as my own Granny, though). In the summer we would visit with her often. I’m from the south, and my memory involves being barefoot on a sticky, hot summer day sitting at her kitchen table with a glass of sweet tea and feeling the breeze from the open window. There was always the smell of recently cut grass mixed with the fresh vegetables sitting on the table from the peas we were helping her shell or the sweet corn being shucked. At the end of every visit she would sit me in a big chair beside her old rotary telephone. She would call out a phone number and let me dial. On the other end was a magical tale that would take me and my imagination away for just a short while, but was wonderful nonetheless. It is a memory that has stayed with me throughout the years. I think it is wonderful that you provide this story line for children. Although almost every home now has some form of modern technology such as a cell phone, computer, or a game console to grab a child’s attention, there is nothing like listening to a good story that makes you want to run home and grab a good ‘ol book to continue the adventure.

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