Brooklyn Public Library Launches Library On Call; New Phone Service Provides Poems and Free Bedtime Stories 

Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Public Library launched a new service today providing the community with free stories and poems via a phone line. Librarians from across the borough will present both a poem and a bedtime story seven days a week. The number is 718 230-2283.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer a bedtime story to our young patrons every night and a poem to inspire the whole family,” said Nick Higgins, Chief Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library. “Poems and stories have tremendous power to create space for reflection and joy amid the uncertainty we are all facing.”

Stories and poems are selected and voiced by librarians from all parts of the borough who specialize in children’s literature, outreach and adult services, school outreach and business and career programs.

Library On Call is part of a suite of programs by phone, designed to provide library services to people who are unable to access the internet and risk social isolation during the pandemic. These include a telephone buddy service for older adults who live alone and the continued service of the Library’s call center which remains open to answer patron’s questions about online resources



Brooklyn Public Library is one of the nation’s largest library systems and among New York City’s most democratic institutions. As a leader in developing modern 21st century libraries, we provide resources to support personal advancement, foster civic literacy, and strengthen the fabric of community among the more than 2.6 million individuals who call Brooklyn home. We provide nearly 65,000 free programs a year with writers, thinkers, artists, and educators—from around the corner and around the world. And we give patrons millions of opportunities to enjoy one of life’s greatest satisfactions: the joy of a good book.