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Winter Storytimes

JANUARY 9 – FEBRUARY 17

Baby Time

PRE-WALKERS

  • Tuesdays, 10:30am, YDL-Superior

Hear a book and learn fun songs during a short lapsit storytime, then chat with other caregivers while your little one plays.

Toddler Takeover

YOUNG WALKERS

  • Wednesdays, 10:30am, YDL-Michigan

Stories, movement, music, and activities in a safe space with time for caregivers to connect.

Read Sing Play

1-3 YEARS

  • Wednesdays, 10:30am, YDL-Superior
  • 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. 

Discovery Time

2-4 YEARS

  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:30am, YDL-Whittaker
  • Thursdays, 10:30am, YDL-Michigan and YDL-Superior

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.

Jumpstart Kindergarten

4-6 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 preschoolers who can sit for a longer story, and experience a variety of activities that help build soft skills for school while making learning fun.

Read with Me

ALL AGES

  • Mondays, 6pm, YDL-Michigan

Storytime for the whole family! We will dive into a new book each week and explore the story with activities and movement.

Family Yoga Storytime

ALL AGES

  • Thursdays, 6:30pm, 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.

Other Programs for Little Ones

We regularly offer indoor play time, sensory stations, tummy time for babies, preschool STEM, and more. In addition, we have music and theatre programs designed for kids under 8. Check our online events calendar for details!

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. 

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. jodi@ypsilibrary.org