Berks County Public Libraries

Berks County Public Libraries

(est.1986) coordinates services offered by the independent participating public libraries in Berks County. By sharing our collections, by consolidating our purchasing, cataloging and processing, and by creating cooperative services like the StoryRiders and the Summer Reading Program, the libraries of BCPL are able to give to our communities well-run, dynamic libraries in the most efficient and cost-effective way.


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

Kim Cowell has a background in Interior Design, and has been teaching in preschools and elementary schools for many years. She loves to bake and spend time with her three children- preferably outdoors. "Julius, the Baby of the World" by Kevin Henkes is one of her favorite books to read aloud. Kim has been a StoryRider since 2015.

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.

If you have questions or want to give us some feedback about the StoryRider program at your library, please feel free to contact us at or or