Virtual Storytimes

Storytime builds early literacy skills, like print awareness, narrative skills, letter knowledge, and more.

Our storytimes continue even though in-person programming is currently suspended. We offer three Virtual Storytimes a week. Age ranges are suggestions only. You choose the right storytime for you and your child! All families welcome!

Virtual Lapsit – Mondays at 10:00 a.m. on Facebook Live (ages 0-2)

Virtual Story Circle – Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom. Registration required. (Ages 5+)

Virtual Playful Preschool Storytime – Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. on Facebook Live (Ages 3-5)

Live programming may not occur during holidays or other circumstances. Check our EventKeeper page for up-to-date programming details. See you at storytime!

Tips for Sharing Books With Your Child

  1. Set aside a special time each day and read, even if it is for 5 or 10 minutes
  2. Share books when both you and your child are in a good mood
  3. Hold the book so that your child can see the pictures
  4. Encourage your child to interact with the pictures
  5. Reread a favorite story over and over again
  6. Read stories in the language that you are most comfortable speaking

 

Parent-Teacher Collection

The kits with manipulatives (i.e. puppets, games) cannot currently be borrowed.

The Library maintains an extensive collection of resources for parents and teachers as part of our parent-teacher collection. The Parent-Teacher collection includes resources for serving youth with special needs, curriculum development, Common Core Standards, and much much more. It also includes a variety of different types of kits available for parents and teachers.

Resources

Reading Rockets

PBS – For Parents

Colorín Colorado (English / Spanish)

U.S. Department of Education- Help My Child Read Reading Resources

NCTE Guideline- Read Together: Parents and Educators Working Together for Literacy

Storytime Guidelines

We have no in-person storytimes currently scheduled. Please join one of our virtual storytimes listed above.

Our primary goal is to foster a love of books and reading in children. To make storytime a positive experience for your family as well as others, we request that parents and caregivers follow these guidelines. We appreciate your cooperation, support, and participation!

  • Promptness is greatly appreciated. Interruptions by late arrivals can be distracting to the storytime presenter and other participants. Please plan for extra time for parking, to use the restroom, and to allow your child to get settled. If you do arrive late, please wait for a break between songs or stories to join the group.
  • Toys, food, and drinks are not allowed at storytime.
  • If your child has difficulty in settling down, or becomes upset during the program, please take your child and step out of the room to regroup then return when s/he is ready.
  • Parents should model good audience behavior by sitting with their child and being attentive and participating. Parents are encouraged to participate and show by example how much fun singing, dancing, and being silly can be! There will be time to visit with other adults after the program.
  • If your child is not feeling well, please keep him/her home so as not to share germs with the rest of the group.
  • Extend the reading experience by checking out books to share with your child at home. Allow your child to select books before or after story time.

Research shows that children get ready to read years before they start school. You can help your baby and toddler learn important early literacy skills now to prepare them to learn to read and help develop a lifelong love of reading.