The Washington Public Library in Missouri has developed a children’s program titled “Dial-a-story,” where parents can listen to a pre-recorded book by dialing an automated number. choosing it from a list of monthly titles. There is no limit to the number of times a patron can call, and the number is live 24/7. Their goal is to satisfy children who want to hear a particular story many times. Four librarians have recorded stories to date. Sounds like a neat plan. The cost was $700 to set up, the article gave the impression that it was a one time fee.

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