From Miss Frances

We know it’s tough to be stuck at home! It is for us too! So check out everything we’re doing to keep ourselves full of stories and fun!

Monday Discovery! Each week I’ll put something cool I found over the weekend. I follow #operationstorytime on Instagram, which I highly recommend, because TWO cool things are happening today:

Oliver Jeffers is going to read The Day The Crayons Quit! Today, March 30th at 2 pm! I don’t know about you but my mom and I LOVE this book. Hear it read here!

and AN ASTRONAUT is going to read a story at 4 pm! Find @astro_christina here. Check out her space playlists too! 


Check out our scheduled storytimes on Zoom, and check back here for new links to books and activities for as long as we’re closed!

Our first virtual story time was a success! Join us for more, three afternoons a week!

Monday Story Time will be at 1:00. Check out the link to the meeting here, or click on the link below:

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Meeting ID: 555 060 906

Wednesday Story Time will be at 1:30. Check out the link to the meeting here, or click on the link below:

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Meeting ID: 952 356 954

Friday Story Time will be at 2:00. Check out the link to the meeting here, or click on the link below:

Meeting ID: 619 356 842

Please join, and sing, dance, and laugh with us!


There is so much on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, we’re going to do our best to curate selections for you. But this is just a start! Authors from all over are reading every day and we encourage you to share with us what you find, too!

To start, here’s our neighbor Barbara McClintock reading from her book The Gingerbread Man!

Attention all you fellow quarenteeners! Sit back, relax, and enjoy Barbara reading aloud her book THE GINGERBREAD MAN!

If you click on the hashtag #OperationStorytime there is a whole BUNCH of authors reading aloud! Here’s a link to the page on Instagram, too! 

For all you Wednesday Read, Rock, and Rhyme’rs, here’s a GREAT one:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar 🐛 Enjoy a reading of this classic tale with beloved author/illustrator Eric Carle! 🌞🍃🍎 🍐 🍓🍊🍭🍉🍦 🐛 🦋


Pete the Cat is live on Instagram too! Every day at 12 pm! A link to his profile is here.

Oliver Jeffers is live on Instagram once a day! Check out his conversation and live readings here! Each day at 2 pm!

One of my favorite online storytime resources is Jbrary. They’re from Toronto! Bringing some international flair to online stories and songs! Find Jbrary here! 


Another excellent resource for those long days inside is Audible! They are making a limited collection of stories available for free! Check back here for book clubs to be hosted on Zoom, using titles available on Audible! Start listening here

First Tween Book Club: listen along to 90 Miles to Havana written and narrated by Enrique Flores-Galbis. Find the link to read about the book and start listening here! First Zoom book club meeting will be next week!


It’s not all about reading! Now is a great time to WRITE too! Check out author Kelly Yang’s writing classes on Instagram live! Here is a link to her profile

Check out author Jason Reynolds on Instagram: he’s got games to play to “kickstart those creative juices” (and a nice breakdown about what it feels like to create in these turbulent times).

And drawing, too! Miss Frances’ zoom storytimes will heavily feature Mo Willems, who also has free doodle classes! New episodes drop each weekday at 1. Learn to draw your own Elephant and Piggy!

Ben Clanton, of Narwhal fame, is doing Miximal Mondays on Instagram at 12:30 pm! Lunchtime doodling! Check out the link to his Instagram account here

And there’s always STEAM! Whizz Pop Bang has a page with directions to some cool experiments and projects to do at home. Find the link to the page here!


Don’t forget to MOVE throughout the day! Here are some of our favorite picks for a chance to stretch, move, sing, and play.

This is my all-time favorite, Yoga with Adriene: check out her class here for kids of all ages, and there are a ton more for every other circumstance imaginable! Always free on YouTube!

Our local yogi of Willimantic’s Yoga On North, Angie, is also posting yoga videos on YouTube: see them here

Sing along with Emily Arrow every weekday at 1! The link is here

The Laurie Berkner Band is doing a Berkner Break every weekday at 10 am on Facebook! Check out their profile here


There are also ZOOs posting daily tours! Check these out!

Our nearby Mystic Aquarium: daily at 11! link here.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is going live Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 2. Link here.

The Connecticut Science Center is going live a few times a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon! Check out their stuff on their Facebook page here.

Or go to ZOO SCHOOL with the Roger Williams Zoo! Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 pm on YouTube. Here is a link to their YouTube channel

Farther away, there are zoos logging on too. Check out the Cincinnati Zoo daily at 3 pm! Link to events is here.  

Unofficially, lots of zoos are posting videos of their animals exploring empty territories. Here’s a link to the Kansas City Zoo’s Underwater Penguin Cam!

And here’s a little video of foster puppies at the aquarium! Win-win-win!