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Dial-A-Story returns to Alpena library

ALPENA — The popular Dial-A-Story is back with a new listening adventure.

Call in weekly to listen to “A Boy Called Bat” by Elana Arnold, read aloud by Alpena County Library librarian Pat Garant. This story is ideal for listeners ages 6-10.

“For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises — some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter. But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.”

Garant explains why she loves the Dial-A-Story Program: “It’s always fun to listen to a good story and active listening can be a real plus for children,” she said. “Listening skills take practice but can help support your child’s learning: imagination and imagery are encouraged, focus and following a storyline are strengthened, and literature may be enjoyed even with text which may be a bit too advanced for independent reading.

“Listening to a read-aloud can be an enjoyable, effective group experience, as well, leading to discussion and sharing of the story and reactions to problems, characters, and other story elements. Listening to a story for a few minutes a day is a fun way to learn!”

New chapters will be uploaded to the Dial-A-Story line every Monday and Friday morning by 10 a.m. To listen by phone, call 1-833-516-0696. All chapters, past and present, can be accessed through the library’s website: https://www.alpenalibrary.org/?q=dialastory.

For more information, visit the library’s website or Facebook page.

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