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.

All in-person storytimes below are cancelled until further notice.

However, we do have virtual storytimes available. Check the links below!

Friday Facebook Live Storytime: Fridays 10:30 a.m.


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).

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.
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.
Downtown Library

Our Klondike and Wyandotte Branches offer storytimes as well. See below for the types of storytimes offered. 

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.
Klondike Branch

11:15 a.m.
Klondike Branch

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

11:00 a.m.
Wyandotte Branch

Bond with your baby/toddler through stories, songs, rhymes and bounces. Stay and play afterwards. Older siblings are welcome.

10:15 a.m.

11:00 a.m.
January 13 & February 10

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