Welcome to Storytimes!
The Youth Services staff is happy to present weekly storytimes for kids ages 0-5. Storytimes are free, fun, and for everyone! Our Storytimes are especially designed for each age group, including developmentally and age appropriate books, songs, rhymes, and more.
We recommend starting with the Storytime listed for your child’s age, but you are welcome to try others to find the best fit. Our summer 2023 Storytime session begins Monday, June 12.
The following Storytimes are offered:
- Baby Storytime (ages 0 to 12 months) - Wednesdays at 9:30 am in the Storytime Room: It’s never too early to start reading to your kids! Designed especially for pre-walkers, this storytime focuses on rhymes and songs to help develop early literacy skills. Come prepared to sing and strengthen bonds with your child! Storytime lasts approximately 20 minutes.
- Toddler Storytime (ages 1-2) - Mondays & Thursdays at 9:30 am in the Storytime Room: Got a wiggly 1-2 year old? Toddler Storytime is built with those kids in mind! Focusing on movement activities, songs, rhymes, interaction, and stories, Toddler Storytime will have everyone engaged and moving - and yes, we mean caregivers, too! Storytime lasts approximately 25 minutes.
- Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) - Mondays at 10:30 am in the Storytime Room: As kids get ready to start 3K, 4K, or kindergarten, they may need help developing their language, listening, and social skills. Preschool Storytime keeps this in mind, as we sing, read, talk, and learn about the world around us! At the end of each storytime, children will participate in a kindergarten readiness activity to practice important skills, such as counting. Storytime lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Storytime is a great way for your child to interact with other young children while building crucial early literacy skills and providing you (the caregiver) with the tools to bring these practices into your home.
Tips for the best Storytime experience:
- Talk about Storytime with your child before attending. This can help reduce stress and anxiety by preparing them for the basics of storytime. Talk about things like the group setting, listening, and paying attention.
- Arrive on time and attend every week. This will ensure you and your child are ready to enjoy Storytime. The more you attend, the more comfortable you and your child will become, while the repetition of certain activities will help build your child’s brain.
- When we say Storytime is for everyone, we mean you, too! Your child will get the most out of Storytime if you model good behavior, avoid distractions (like cell phones and conversations with other caregivers), and participate along with them. Yes, you may feel (and even look silly), but your child is taking their cues from you, so make sure to sing and dance along!
Remember, our Youth Services staff is always available as a resource to you, so if you have any questions or concerns, or just need a good book recommendation, we are happy to assist.
We can’t wait to see you at Storytime!