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Summer Virtual Storytimes

We miss seeing everyone’s smiling face at the library, but you can tune in to our YouTube channel almost every morning this summer, June 15-August 15, for live stream stories and activities for little ones. 

  • Tuesdays: Storytime Live, 10:30am YouTube 
  • Wednesdays: Storytime Live, 10:30am YouTube 
  • Thursdays: Classic Tales Retold, 10:30am YouTube 
  • Fridays: TinkerLab, 10:30am, hands-on activities you can do at home with little ones 
  • Saturdays: Storytime Live, 10:30am YouTube 

When we can safely offer face-to-face storytimes, we will return to the schedule below. Use these resources our storytime presenters compiled to help little ones maintain a routine at home. 

Don’t forget it’s important to read every day. Track the books you read as part of our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program to earn a t-shirt or as part of the Summer Challenge for other prizes! We look forward to seeing you again.

Please email if you have questions: jodi@ypsilibrary.org.

Baby Storytime

INFANTS TO 18 MONTHS

Mondays, 10:30am
YDL-Whittaker

Inspire your future reader through songs, stories, movement, rhythm, and rhyme. After storytime, stay and chat with other parents and caregivers while baby plays.

Downtown Storytime

Ages 5 and under

Mondays, 10:30am
YDL-Michigan

Introduce your child to the wonder of reading with stories, songs and a craft.

Toddler Storytime

18-36 MONTHS

Mondays, 11:30am
Tuesdays, 10:30am
YDL-Whittaker

Your little one will learn colors, shapes, and counting in this fast-paced storytime filled with music, movement, fingerplays, parachute play, and books.

Terrific Threes

3 YEARS

Wednesdays, 10:30am
YDL-Whittaker

Meet at the puppet theater for stories, books, rhymes, games, songs, and parachute play! Designed for little ones who are ready to sit for longer stories, and do a craft or STEM project at the end of each session.

Jumpstart Storytime

4 TO 5 YEARS

Thursdays, 10:30am
YDL-Whittaker

Develop your child’s love of learning and soft skills for kindergarten readiness. Children who are 4 and 5 years old practice their independence when they come to the Storyroom for a story all by themselves, then join caregivers and younger siblings at the puppet theater for a group storytime. Sessions include a combination of stories, vocabulary building, parachute, music and dancing, games, process art, crafts, and STEM activities. Stay and play after storytime!

Starry Night Storytime

FAMILY

Thursdays, 6:30pm
YDL-Whittaker

Stories & songs in a cozy setting at a convenient time.

LITTLE LEARNERS

Second Saturdays, 11am
YDL-Superior

Little ones will be excited each month with new games, stories, songs, and play-based learning activities at this combination play group/storytime. Every child will receive a free book!

MUSIC AND MEDITATION STORYTIME

First Saturdays, 10:30am
YDL-Whittaker

Join children’s meditation experts for stories, music, and activities to build relaxation skills.

RAINBOW STORYTIME

Second Saturdays, 10:30am
YDL-Whittaker

Stories and songs celebrating diversity of every kind!

PARACHUTE STORYTIME

Third Saturdays, 10:30am
YDL-Whittaker

Stories, songs, and movement with the parachute every week to build body and hand strength.

YOGA STORYTIME

Fourth Saturdays, 10:30am
YDL-Whittaker

Hear great stories and learn simple yoga poses to go with them. Children will build strength, coordination and body awareness as they bark in downward dog, hiss in cobra pose, and flutter wings in butterfly! No experience necessary. Mats provided.

 

OUR PRIMARY STORYTIME GOAL IS TO HAVE FUN!

PLAY ALONG!

Stay with your child and join in the activities.

THOSE HARD DAYS

If your child gets upset, step out of the room to regroup, then quietly return. If your child is sick, stay home and rest! Be patient if your child wants to observe instead of joining in. It may take a few visits to feel comfortable.

DISTRACTIONS

If you’re running late, please enter the room quietly. Put toys and food away. Turn phones off or set on vibrate. Enjoy the moment now instead of taking pictures for later!

AFTER STORYTIME

Stay and enjoy our play spaces! This is the time to visit with other parents. Check out books to read or share at home to extend your child’s learning.

GROUP VISITS

Our storytimes are designed with specific adult/child interactions in mind. For groups of 5 or more children, ask about scheduling a special visit.