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Storytime Break

We’re on a break from storytimes until the fall season begins. In the meantime, you can maintain your child’s routine by visiting the library for books and play each week. At home, sign up for Text and Learn for Kindergarten to get activity ideas that build early literacy skills or watch our online storytime archives.

We are planning for next season to make sure we’re bringing you high quality, engaging, educational storytimes at the library and throughout the community when we resume the schedule below!

More Ways to Get Ready for Kindergarten

ONLINE STORYTIMES

Choose from 150 archived storytimes recorded by YDL youth staff that range in length from 10-20 minutes. Storytimes include books, songs, and rhymes we use at in-person storytimes.

BUILD YOUR OWN STORYTIME

Find all the components of our storytimes–fingerplays, action rhymes, counting songs, book lists, and activity suggestions–available as short videos performed by YDL youth staff. Watch them with your child or on your own to learn the lyrics and tunes. 

Fall Storytimes

SEPTEMBER 26-NOVEMBER 18

Jumpstart Kindergarten

4-5 YEARS

Mondays, 10:30am
YDL-Whittaker

Jumpstart Kindergarten is an action packed experience that weaves early literacy fun with a sprinkling of math, science and art. Geared towards four and five year olds who can sit for a longer story, experience a variety of activities that help build soft skills for school while making learning fun.

Discovery Time

2-4 YEARS

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:30am
YDL-Whittaker

Learn a variety of preschool readiness skills, from ABCs to kindness, at fast-paced storytimes filled with music, movement, fingerplays, and books paired with exploratory learning and play. Attend Tuesday OR Wednesday. We’ll be outside when the weather permits.

Preschool Storytime

3-5 YEARS

Thursdays, 10:30am
YDL-Michigan

Preschool storytime includes a variety of music, movement, and hands-on activities. We’ll read picture books, get some wiggles out, sing, and have fun.

Read Sing Play

0-3 YEARS

Thursdays, 10:30am
YDL-Whittaker

Learn colors, shapes, and numbers through music and movement. Each week we’ll read a book and sing lots of songs, then parents can stay and chat while kids play nearby. Outside when weather permits!

Family Yoga Storytime

ALL AGES

Thursdays, 10:30am
YDL-Whittaker

Join us for an active expression of storytime through yoga and movement, then wind down with mindfulness exercises for a relaxing and easy bedtime.

NEW Superior Storytimes

YDL-Superior opens November 14 with a full slate of activities for all ages, including these storytimes!

  • Tuesday, 10:30am Baby Time, pre-walkers
  • Wednesday, Read Sing Play,10:30am, ages 1-3
  • Thursday, Discovery Time, 10:30am, ages 2-4

Other Series for Little Ones

Sensory Stations

YDL-Whittaker, 1-6 YEARS

Fridays and Saturdays, 9/30, 10/1, 10/21, 10/22, 11/12, 11am 

Explore themed sensory and art stations each session to learn about the world through play. Attend Friday or Saturday each month. 

Leap into Science

YDL-Michigan, 3-10 YEARS

Saturdays, 10/8, 11/5, 3:30pm

Parents and kids investigate STEM concepts together through stories and hands-on activities developed by the Franklin Institute Science Museum. 

Find more events for little ones on our calendar!

MORE ACTIVITIES FOR LITTLE ONES

TALK

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!

TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten

Little Ones STEAM

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.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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. Pick up a kit in the Youth Department that has everything you need to track the books you read at home–stamper, stickers, and logs.

Photo of array of bookmarks, sticker sheets, and papers with the logo 1000 books before kindergarten all over them

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.