Last week Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) launched a new program, Dial-a-Story, which allows families to call the library and hear stories read aloud by staff.

Each week, staff will record a reading of a short story, poem or book excerpt. Patrons can call (843) 805-6806 and follow prompts to choose the story they’d like to hear.

In a press release, library system outreach manager Kathleen Montgomery said: “Listening to a story helps to engage everyone in literacy. Even if it’s passive listening, it engages your brain and has great benefits in your reading and your vocabulary.”

In addition to this new programming, the library is now offering free after school snacks at the Main Library. Partnering with the Lowcountry Food Bank, CCPL offers free, nutritious snacks (cheese sticks, fruit, yogurt) to kids and teens from 3-5 p.m., Mondays-Fridays.

Learn more about Charleston County Public Library and Lowcountry Food Bank online.