There is no time like Storytime

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

Attending a library storytime ensures that a trip to the library is 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.

Did you know that bringing your child to storytime at the library can offer these great benefits for both you and your child?

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

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

  • 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.

The Downtown Youth Department offers three storytimes especially designed for the age of your child. Storytimes are offered throughout the year January through December (although there are limited storytimes in May, August, and December.) Please check below to decide which storytime is best for your child(ren). We also offer family storytimes designed for an audience of all ages.

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

9:30 a.m.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
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.

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

10:15 a.m.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
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.

Preschool Storytime is designed for children ages 3 1/2 to 6 years.

11:00 a.m.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Downtown Library

Preschool children are making developmental strides and express an interest in the world around them. They want to touch, taste, smell, hear, and test things for themselves. They are eager to learn. They learn by experiencing and by doing. Preschoolers learn from their play. They are busy developing skills and enjoying language. They enjoy more complex stories than toddlers and like to share their knowledge or questions about the story. Some preschoolers are fine enjoying a storytime alone while their adult caregiver is nearby in the youth room choosing books; others still need their caregiver with them. We will have stories, rhymes, songs and crafts.

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

6:30 p.m.
Tuesdays
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.

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

Klondike Branch
Family Storytime
10:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m.
Wednesdays

Wyandotte Branch
Family Storytime
11:00 a.m.
Fridays

Lunch and Listen
12:00 p.m.
Fridays

Downtown Branch
Stories Under the Sculpture
10:30 a.m.
Saturdays

Frequently Asked Questions about Storytime

Most storytimes usually last 20-30 minutes.

In Meeting Room A at the Dowtown Library, in the Tempest Homes Meeting Room at the Klondike Branch, and in the Timberstone Meeting Room at the Wyandotte Branch. These rooms have limited seating, so come early to ensure you have a place!

No, but the room holds a maximum of 35 people. Come early to ensure you get a place!

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.

You can call:
Youth Services at 429-0119
Klondike Branch: 463-5893
Wyandotte Branch: 447-4774