Barack and Michelle Obama Join Chicago Public Library for Virtual Storytime

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Libraries across the country have been pulling out all the stops to create engaging, educational online read-alouds for the millions of children staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chicago Public Library’s Live From The Library Facebook series has featured appearances from authors, actors, and musicians; the latest guest readers on the list are Chicagoans Barack and Michelle Obama.

The former President and First Lady visited CPL’s Facebook page to read The Word Collector, written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. “We chose this book because it illustrates the transformative power of words,” President Obama explained. “I love words!”

In addition to reading the story, the pair also shared their thoughts about the value and importance of libraries. “I remember my first trip to the library and how important I felt,” Mrs. Obama reflected. “My library card was a key that unlocked a world of knowledge and experiences.”

Check out the video on CPL’s Facebook:

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