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Fall Storytimes

SEPTEMBER 20-NOVEMBER 12

Jumpstart Kindergarten

4-5 YEARS

Mondays, 10:30am
YDL-Whittaker

Develop your child’s love of learning and soft skills for kindergarten. We’ll explore a range of emotions each week and how to deal with them. Designed for listeners ready for longer books. To keep capacity lower, we’ll offer repeat read aloud sessions at 10:30 and 11:15, with self-directed parent/child arts, crafts and STEM activities in between. Do the activity before or 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.

Stories in Motion

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 one book, sing lots of songs, parents can stay and chat while kids play nearby.

Online Storytimes

Not ready to return to the library? Watch a livestream storytime recording here, then scroll down for more online storytime options!

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.

LEARN WITH T-BEAR

Preschoolers will enjoy following T-Bear on his adventures around Ypsilanti.

ONLINE STORYTIMES

TRADITIONAL TALES WITH MARLENA

Click the button below to watch short retellings of traditional stories. 

MORE ACTIVITIES FOR LITTLE ONES

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.

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!

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.

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