Bethel-Tulpehocken Public Libraryhouses over 22,000 items in only 1500 square feet.
We circulate over 150,000 items a year.
We have the highest return on investment of any library in the county.
Since 2003our circulation has increased by over 40%.
The programs we offer have increased by an average of 100%.
Attendance at our programs is up close to 200%.
Attendance at our summer reading programs is up over 460%.
Where and When Can I see the Storyriders?
Click here to find out WHERE AND WHEN TO SEE THE STORYRIDERS and view a list of the StoryRider Themes. We visit 19 Berks County Public Libraries every week from September - December, January - May, and for 6 weeks during Summer Reading.
Who Are the Storyriders?
Storyriders are preschool program specialists who come to your local library and selected daycare centers to present preschool story hours. They engage the youngest patrons and their caregivers in a unique public library outreach. The three Storyriders are part-time professionals with backgrounds including early childhood education, storytelling and library science.
This service is provided countywide through the BCPL system headquarters.
What Do Storyriders Do?
Storyriders make libraries fun! In libraries all over Berks County, Storyriders get preschoolers excited about literature by conducting interactive storytimes. Programs include stories and songs, games and giggles, a simple craft and lots of good times.
Meet the Berks County Storyriders
Denise Curran comes from an elementary teaching background. She is an active library board member and public education advocate. The secret to her boundless energy is chocolate! Miss Denise has been a Storyrider since February 2002.
Barbara Hughes is a former elementary and preschool teacher. She loves to sing and work in her garden. She owns a kitty that likes to ride a kitchen chair like a race car. Miss Barbara has been a Storyrider since February 2002.
Patt McCloskey has a Masters in Library Science. She is former director of the Kutztown Library, and has been a PTA officer, Girl Scout leader, a babysitter and all around buddy to the kids in the neighborhood. Growing up, John Chancellor of NBC News was her idol. Now it is Mo Willems. Patt has been a Storyrider since December 2012.
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