JUNE 15 – AUGUST 7
We are so excited we’ll be able to host a few outdoor storytimes around the district this summer! In addition, we’ll continue to offer two livestream storytimes each week.
Watch our latest live stream here, then scroll down for more storytime options!
STORIES IN MOTION, Thursdays at noon, YDL-Whittaker garden
Join us for an active expression of storytime with new themes each week. Picture books will inspire yoga or dance influenced movements as well as breathing and mindfulness exercises. Yoga mats will provide a protective surface for movement and help maintain physical distance from others. Bring your own water.
STORYTIME IN THE COMMUNITY
Join us for stories, songs, nature activities, and movement in the park! Bring a blanket, spread out on the grass, build literacy skills, have fun.
- Saturday, July 10, noon Ford Heritage Park
- Thursday, July 8, 5pm Rutherford Pool
- Tuesday, July 20, noon Rutherford Pool
- Saturday, July 31, noon Lakeside Park
WATCH FOR MORE OPPORTUNITIES TOHEAR STORIES AROUND THE COMMUNITY OUTSIDE THIS SUMMER!
BUILD YOUR OWN STORYTIME
We know you probably don’t want to sit in front of a screen with your baby or young toddler to watch a 15-20 minute storytime, so we are offering storytime components you can pick and choose from to build your own storytime and keep working on early literacy skills at home. Find all the components of our regular storytimes–fingerplays, action rhymes, counting songs, book lists, and early literacy tips. Many are available as short videos you can watch together or separately.
STORYTIME LIVE, Tuesdays at 10:30am, YouTube
Hear a story, sing songs, do some finger plays! Watch a 15-20 minute storytime that follows a similar format to in-person storytimes for toddlers and preschoolers, live on YouTube or tune in later at your convenience. Each storytime is available for about a week on our YouTube channel and you can find past episodes in our Virtual Storytime Archive.
LIVE FROM THE LIBRARY, Saturdays at 10:30am, Instagram
Tune in to Instagram to hear stories and songs from inside the library and get ideas for activities you can try at home. We’re live Saturday morning, or see the archive on our Instagram TV channel.
TRADITIONAL TALES WITH MARLENA
Click the button below to watch short retellings of traditional stories.
MORE ACTIVITIES FOR LITTLE ONES
If you’re looking for activity ideas you can do anytime with your little one, try our Online STEAM and Movement for Little Ones. Watch a short YouTube video, gather supplies (some of which you can pick up at the library), then let your little make process art, get the wiggles out, or have some sensory fun.
LEARN WITH T-BEAR
Preschoolers will enjoy following T-Bear on his adventures around Ypsilanti.
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. Sign up for TALK to receive fun activity ideas via text message that you can do at home to build school readiness skills, now available in English or Spanish!