Dial A Story!

Library Launches Dial-A-Story

            Gilmer Public Library recently launched a Dial-A-Story service, a phone-in service that offers audio stories to the caller. In August, the library began offering a weekly video story time on Facebook, however, several patrons noted that without internet service at home, they were unable to enjoy this new feature. Thus, the library now offers audio stories, essays, and files by phone, no internet service required. The service can be accessed from any telephone–landline, or cell.

          To enjoy the audio stories, books, essays, and meditations, simply dial 304-873-5400, and choose from the nine categories available. For the Fall 2020 season, the categories include: Children’s Stories, Adult Shorts, Adult Mysteries, Ghost Stories, Christmas Stories for Kids, Family Christmas Stories, Books by the Chapter, and Something Different.

          The current menu of audio choices is listed on the Gilmer Public Library web site at gilmerpublib.org, and printed menus are also available in the county’s mini-libraries and at the front desk of the main library. The current menu will remain available until January, when the selection list will be updated with winter and Valentine themed selections.

          The library is currently seeking local authors and writers who are willing to share something they have written with the Dial-A-Story audience. Authors can record their own audio for submission or can come to the library to have their selection recorded. We are hoping in our next menu to offer a section on local writers and local history.

          Gilmer Public Library services and programs are funded by the West Virginia Library Commission, Gilmer County Levy Funds, Friends of the Library, Inc., and by private donors. The Library is open Monday-Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Currently, eight people are permitted inside the building at one time, and face masks are requested. For more information about current library services and programs, call 304-462-5620 or visit gilmerpublib.org.