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Learning to dial a story, 1983

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'Dial-A-Story' Getting Attention By Children

Within the past 10 days, nearly 1,000 telephone calls have been placed into the "Dial-a-Story" program at three area Allegany County system libraries.

The newly installed services at the Main Library, 31 Washington Street; La Vale branch, 815 National Highway, and South Cumberland branch, 100 Seymour Street, offers to area children different four-minute folk talks each week.

Since beginning operation Friday, Jan. 7, the three libraries have recorded more than 980 calls into the new service, which is available on a 24-hour schedule.

Presently playing are "The Cat and the Parrot" at the Main Library, in which a ferocious cat eats everything and everyone that gets in his way until he meets his match; "Three Billy Goats Gruff" at LaVale, in which three wily goats outwit a nasty troll, and "The Coyote and the Woodpecker" at South Cumberland, an Indian tale in which the players learn they should not pretend to be something they are

The phone numbers have been given to story hour program participants and will be released on request to children who visit the county libraries.

Among the three libraries offering the Dial-a-Story vice, 52 recorded tales will be available to callers. According to Robert L. Neal, Allegany County Library System director, additional tapes may be purchased or recorded in-house.

Neal said the equipment and tapes have been purchased for system use through a federal grant, with the libraries paying only a monthly charge for the telephone lines. There is no cost to callers. The manufacturer is LaBelle Industries, of Oconomowoc, Wise.

Librarians remind callers to dial carefully and be sure to hang up the phone after the story is over to give other children a chance to dial-a-story.


Cumberland News

Learning To 'Dial-A-Story' Talia Hollen, far left, and Matt Landis listen while South Cumberland children's librarian Mary Hensel explains workings of the newly installed "Dial-a-Story" service there. Children who visit the South Cumberland or LaVale branches or the Main Library may obtain telephone numbers that they can dial to hear a different four-minute recorded folk tale each week. Presently playing are "The Cat and the Parrot," "Three Billy Goats Gruff" and "The Coyote and the Woodpecker."


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Public libraries, Maryland, Allegany County; Allegany county Library System (Md.), Anniversaries.

Allegany County (Md,), 1960-2010

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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