NYPL Headquarters, 5th Avenue and 42nd St
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As virtual programs have become the new educational normal as a result of the pandemic, some students whose families are struggling financially still have problems accessing the Internet, which could delay their performance in school.
The New York Public Library (NYPL) is offering an alternative through a service called “StoryLine”, that allows you to listen for free stories by phone, in a traditional way, without the need for the Internet.
Anyone can access the stories read by expert librarians. Just have to dial 917-ASK-NYPL (917-275-6975) and choose option 6.
Every Monday there will be a new story available in three languages: English, Spanish and Mandarin. Library officials say the service not only encourages children to keep reading, it also helps them explore your imagination.
Additionally, although there is no set date for the reopening, the NYPL library network also continues to offer “take out” service at 50 of its 92 locations in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. Due to the financial impacts of COVID-19, the library has also removed all fines and due dates on returning materials. Pix11.
When classrooms closed in mid-March, School Chancellor Richard Carranza acknowledged that around 300 thousand poor students in the city did not have the necessary devices, such as computers, tablets or high-speed internet access, or not even a space to connect, since they live in shelters. NYC is home to the largest school population in the US.