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Winter Storytimes

JANUARY 12-FEBRUARY 27

We miss seeing everyone’s smiling face at the library, but until large groups can safely gather in-person, we hope you’ll watch our online storytimes or use our Build Your Own Storytime components to help your little one maintain a routine and keep building early literacy skills.

Watch our latest livestream here, then scroll down for more storytime options!

ONLINE STORYTIMES

STORYTIME LIVE, Tuesdays at 10:30am and Thursdays at 4:30pm, 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.

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.

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. 

When we can safely offer face-to-face storytimes, we will return to the schedule below. We look forward to seeing you and your little one again!

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!

RAINBOW STORYTIME

Second Saturdays, 10:30am
YDL-Whittaker

Stories and songs celebrating diversity of every kind!

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.