When COVID-19 began infecting people in the United States, families were urged to stay at home. Many adults began working from home to protect others as well as for their own safety. Although many public libraries closed their doors, children’s librarians wanted to continue providing programs and services to their families. Thus, Virtual MGOL was born.
The first programs took place from homes, backyards, parks, and even from a camper! While at one point, we had 349 at home programs available for viewing here. However, by mid 2021, libraries began removing their at home videos from YouTube or restricting access to these recorded programs. In those cases, the name of the library system remains listed, but it is followed by “No longer available for viewing.”
Click here for Virtual MGOL at Home
Once libraries opened for staff, many of the programs moved to the library although they were still presented virtually.
Click here for Virtual MGOL from the Library
Virtual MGOL in the News
In Detroit: Read about Crystal Jolly, Children’s Librarian at the Parkman Branch of the Detroit Public Library who created the “Virtual Baby Time: Mother Goose on the Loose” video series while the library is/was closed.
In Paso Robles, CA: Mayor Steve Martin Informs Californians about Online MGOL Programing Watch Here.
In Baltimore, MD: WJZ 13, CBS Baltimore interviews Cork Hardin about his online Mother Goose on the Loose programs as a response to COVID-19.
In Ipswich, Massachusetts the public library created a webpage just for Mother Goose on the Loose Story Time Videos with many individual MGOL programs. Check it out here!