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Watch Barack and Michelle Obama read a children’s book (even if you’re not a child)

Let the Obamas handle bedtime tonight.

Zach Long
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Zach Long

Had a long day and don't feel like reading to the kids tonight? You can rope in the former president and first lady to handle storytime for you, thanks to the Chicago Public Library.

Ever since the Chicago Public Library closed its branches in March, it has been sharing videos of celebrities with connections to Chicago reading stories that young people (and adults, honestly) can enjoy from home. The latest edition of the Live From the Library series features none other than Barack and Michelle Obama, reading The Word Collector by author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds.

All of the Live From the Library videos are archived on the Chicago Public Library's Facebook page, where you can watch stories being read by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, actor Jane Lynch and many other notable people. New videos are being added every weekday and, according to the Sun-Times, future videos will feature stories read by actors John C. Reilly, Henry Winkler, Bonnie Hunt and Denise Richards as well as musicians Common and Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy).

Check out the video featuring Barack and Michelle Obama below and keep an eye on the Chicago Public Library's Facebook page to see even more famous folks lend their voices to great children's books.

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