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.
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
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
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.
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!
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.
MARCH 7 – APRIL 29
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.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:30am
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.
Come downtown for a variety of music, movement, and hands-on activities. Hear picture books, get the wiggles out, sing, and have fun.
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
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
Our storytimes are designed with specific adult/child interactions in mind. For groups of 5 or more children, ask about scheduling a special visit.