There is no time like Storytime…

Storytime at the library is a wonderful way to introduce your child to a love of reading and are designed to capture a child’s imagination, helping them discover the joy of reading.

Some in person storytimes will resume in September. Weekly registration is required to attend. Please see our online calendar for more information.

Facebook Live Storytimes

The Downtown Youth Department offers three storytimes especially designed for the age of your child(ren). Please check below to decide which storytime is best for your child(ren).

Weekly in-person registration required. 

Lapsit is designed for children from birth to 24 months of age.

9:30 a.m.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Downtown Library

Exposure to the rhythms of language and music can help introduce very young children to books and reading. Traditional rhymes, basic fingerplays, tickles, bounces, and activity songs, as well as circle activities that utilize both large and small motor skills are incorporated in the Lapsit program. In addition, caregivers work with their children which helps to build the bond between them. Each program includes a page of rhymes, songs, etc. for the caregiver to take with them and try at home.

Weekly in-person registration required. 

Toddler Time is designed for children age 24 months to 3 1/2.

10:30 a.m.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Downtown Library

Toddlers are fun and filled with curiosity. They like books, rhythms, crafts, activities and music. Developmentally, toddlers are beginning to understand basic concepts, develop a sense of humor, and realize a story sequence, but are still upset by separation from a parent or caregiver. You and your child are cordially invited to join us for this special storytime designed for toddlers and their adult caregivers.

Weekly in-person registration required. 

Evening Nursery Rhyme Time is designed for birth through age 3.

6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays
Downtown Library

This program is a merge of our lapsit and toddler storytimes. We will open with a mix of songs, rhymes, finger plays, and movement activities appropriate for very young children. Older toddlers are encouraged to stay longer to listen to some simple stories.

Stories Under the Sculpture is a chance for the whole family to get together and enjoy some of our favorite books.

10:30 a.m.
Fridays on Facebook Live and in person at the Downtown Library

10:30 a.m.
Saturdays
Downtown Library

Our smaller branches offer storytimes as well. See below for the types of storytimes offered. 

Virtual only on Facebook Live. 

Family Storytime:
Family storytimes are a chance for the whole family to get together and enjoy some good books, songs, fingerplays, and crafts.

6:00 p.m.
Mondays
Klondike Branch

Weekly in-person registration required. 

Mother Goose Time Express:
Bond with your baby/toddler through stories, songs, rhymes and bounces. Older siblings are welcome.

10:15 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.
Wednesdays
Klondike Branch

Weekly in-person registration required. 

Family Storytime: 
Family storytimes are a chance for the whole family to get together and enjoy some good books, songs, fingerplays, and crafts.

10:15 a.m.
Monday
Wea Prairie Branch

6:30 p.m.
Tuesday
Wea Prairie Branch

Weekly in-person registration required. 

Family Storytimes: 
Family storytimes are a chance for the whole family to get together and enjoy some good books, songs, fingerplays, and crafts.

6:30 p.m.
Thursdays
Wyandotte

11:00 a.m.
Fridays
Wyandotte Branch

The Benefits of Storytime:

  • Attending a library storytime makes a trip to the library fun for your child. During your visit to the library, allow your child to select and check out a few books as a special take-home treat.

  • Children watch others become engaged in a great story and learn from each other.

  • They are exposed to a wide variety of authors, writing styles, and vocabulary.

  • Storytime helps prepare young children for school by encouraging them to sit still for a time and listen to an adult other than their parent. It also encourages early listening skills.

  • Parents and caregivers learn songs and rhymes to aid in their child’s learning.

  • It’s a great way to meet other parents and caregivers.

How long does the program last?
Most storytimes usually last 20-30 minutes.

Where are storytimes held?
At each location there is a special entrance from the Youth Area. Also, these rooms have limited seating, so come early to ensure you have a place!
Downtown Library: Meeting Room A 
Klondike Branch: Tempest Homes Meeting Room
Wyandotte Branch: Timberstone Meeting Room

Do we need to sign up?
No, but our meeting rooms have limited seating so, come early to ensure you get a place!

My child doesn’t sit still, can we still attend?
We understand that every child listens differently. If your child is up and moving but not disturbing anyone that is perfectly fine. If your child is not feeling well or enjoying the program you may want to take a break or leave early and try another time.

Can I bring my class?
Our storytimes can only hold a limited about of people. If you wish to bring a group of more than 8 people we would love to schedule a special visit for you! See our Services for Educators page or give us a call: 429-0119.

What if I have more questions?
Give us a call:
Youth Services at 429-0119
Klondike Branch: 463-5893
Wyandotte Branch: 447-4774