Weekly Story Times

Weekly Story Times

Story times introduce young children to books, rhymes, music and other fun interactive activities. The library offers programs matched to the typical attention spans and developmental levels of different ages of children. Story times model how adults can sing, talk, read, write and play with children in order to develop early literacy skills like hearing different sounds, learning new vocabulary and how books work. These skills build the foundational knowledge to prepare children to learn to read.
 

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 Baby Lap Time:

A story time experience for our youngest library users and their caregivers. These 20-to-30-minute story times introduce books, songs, rhymes, tickles and bounces developmentally appropriate for children from birth to when they start walking. Baby Lap Time is a wonderful way to introduce your child to the joys of reading in a positive and fun atmosphere. This story time is designed so the baby will be in their caregiver’s lap and the grownup is actively involved in the program; it is recommended that each child have their own adult with them.

 

 Baby and Toddler Story Time:

These 20-to-30-minute story times are full of books, songs, rhymes and fingerplays for children from birth to 2 years old. Our Baby and Toddler Story Time is a great way to introduce your child to language skills in a positive and fun environment. With slightly more activity and movement than our lap times, children and their grownups are encouraged to engage with the books and songs and to actively participate in the program.



 

 Toddler Story Time:

Get up and get moving at our Toddler Story Times! These 20-to-30-minute programs are full of books, songs and fun activities designed to help develop your child’s language skills. Children ages 18-36 months are encouraged to engage with the stories and activities, and their grownups to participate in the program along with the children.



 

 Preschool Story Time:

Share the fun of reading with your children ages 3-5 years! Children and their grownups will explore stories and activities to encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. These 30-to-40-minute programs are designed to promote language and listening skills, expand children’s imaginations and arouse their curiosity about the world around them.



 

 Family Story Time:

Story time fun for the entire family, these 30-to-40-minute story times are packed full of books and activities designed to be enjoyed by all ages. Promoting language and literacy skills, these story times are a great way to further your child’s lifelong love of reading and learning. Children and their grownups are encouraged to actively engage and participate with the stories and activities during the program.

 

 

 Pajama Story Time:

An evening story time where pajamas are encouraged but not required. These 30-to-40-minute evening programs are designed to delight children of all ages. Filled with stories and activities that promote and develop language skills and imagination, these programs encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning.

 

 

 Frequently Asked Questions:


What is the role of adults at story time?

An adult bringing a child to story time must remain with the child throughout the duration of the program. Parents and caregivers can learn by watching library staff demonstrate good read-aloud skills and by being aware of the age-appropriate books, music, songs and activities staff use during story time.

How can a parent or caregiver find a convenient story time?
Please check the calendar to find a story time appropriate for your child and convenient to your family. Space at story times may be limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis unless otherwise indicated on the calendar listing.

Can I bring my group to story time?
Capacity will vary from location to location. Please check the calendar listing and contact the library branch for more details, including how to schedule a story time specifically for your group.
 
How can a parent or caregiver make the most of story time?
  • Come to story time on a regular basis.
  • Arrive a few minutes early.
  • Set an example for your child by paying attention to the stories and actively participating in activities throughout story time.
  • Silence phones and other devices and put them away
  • Put away food, toys and other distractions
  • Take an upset child out of the program area and come back when they calm down.
  • Encourage your child to choose books to share at home.
  • Ask library staff for help in choosing age-appropriate books and music.
  • Talk with your child about the stories after story time.
  • Say the story time rhymes and sing the songs at home with your child.