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Storytime Break

For everyone’s safety, we are postponing our Winter Storytime session and will resume our regular schedule in March. Check our events calendar for details about what we’re offering for little ones at the library in February, including weekly indoor playtime and activity stations. We’ll also offer grab-and-go supplies, updated booklists, and new videos of our storytime songs you can use to work on early literacy skills at home. Scroll down for details.

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. 

MORE ACTIVITIES FOR LITTLE ONES

ACTIVITY STATIONS

Drop in for hands-on exploratory learning you can do with your little one. Find bundles of our favorite book, too. We’ll bag up extra supplies at the end of the program so if you choose to the activity at home, you can grab a bag and go while supplies last. 

JUMPSTART KINDERGARTEN (Ages 4-6) YDL-Whittaker, Mondays, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21,10:30am

DISCOVERY TIME (Ages 1-4) YDL-Whittaker, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 2/1, 2/2, 2/8, 2/9, 2/15, 2/16, 2/22, 2/23, 10:30am

PLAY TIME

Parents can chat while kids play nearby. Drop in to play with a variety of toys that build large and small motor skills at YDL-Whittaker in February.

BABY TIME Thursdays at 10:30am for pre-walkers

PLAYTIME Fridays at 10:30am for all little ones

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.

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.

Spring Storytimes

MARCH 7 – APRIL 29

Jumpstart Kindergarten

4-5 YEARS

Mondays, 10:30am
YDL-Whittaker

Develop your child’s love of learning and soft skills for kindergarten. Designed for listeners ready for longer books, engage in self-directed parent/child arts, crafts and STEM activities in after the read aloud. 

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. To keep capacity lower, we’ll offer repeat read aloud/music sessions twice each week, with exploratory, play-based process art or STEM activities in between. Attend Tuesday or Wednesday and do the activity before or after the read aloud.

Preschool Storytime

3-5 YEARS

Thursdays, 10:30am
YDL-Michigan

Come downtown for a variety of music, movement, and hands-on activities. Hear picture books, get the wiggles out, sing, and have fun.

Baby Time

PRE-WALKERS

Thursdays, 10:30am
YDL-Whittaker

Hear a book and learn fun songs during a short lapsit storytime, then stay to chat with other new parents during tummy time play time.

Family Yoga Storytime

FAMILY

Thursdays, 6:00pm
YDL-Whittaker

Join us for an active expression of storytime. Each week a different book will inspire our yoga or dance influenced movements, as well as our breathing and mindfulness exercises. We’ll wind down on a calm note, readying your family for a relaxing and easy bedtime. Yoga mats will serve as a protective surface for our movement, and help us maintain physical distance from others. Bring a mat or use one from the library.

Read Sing Play

1-2 YEARS

Fridays, 10:30am
YDL-Whittaker

Learn colors, shapes, and numbers through music and movement. Each week we’ll read a book, do a flannel board story, and sing lots of songs, then parents can stay and chat while kids play nearby.

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.