Storytimes

What is Storytime?

Storytime is a group activity that involves a mixture of components for children and their parents and/or caregivers. Each session is geared toward a certain age group and can contain a mixture of reading picture books out loud, telling stories using puppets or felt pieces, listening to music, sharing rhymes, and singing songs with finger and whole body actions. Each storytime is created by a Children’s Librarian, and each librarian has a different style.

Why’s it important?

  • Teaches children about books and the library
  • Develops pre-reading and listening skills
  • Provides group interaction with children of similar ages
  • Teaches parents and caregivers how to foster literacy at home

We have storytimes for every age:

Little Listeners: ages 3-5 on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Terrific Twos: aged 2 on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Babies & Books: ages 0-24 months on Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Family Storytimes: ages 0-5 on select Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

Check for dates on our calendar.

How do I make the most out of my storytime experience?

Participate, participate, participate – Be an active participant and model what you want your child to learn. Is the librarian clapping along? Clap, too, and encourage your child to clap. Point out pictures in the book. Sing along with the librarian.

Attend the storytime for the right age group – The Children’s Librarians design each storytime so that you and your child will benefit the most when you attend the one best suited for the child’s age. If you’re not sure which group is best, please don’t hesitate to ask a member of Children’s Department staff.

Practice good storytime etiquette – Please help us create a great storytime environment. Please switch your cell phones to vibrate before the program starts, wait until the end of the program to chat with other adults, and quiet unhappy children away from the storytime area.

Leave strollers, car seats, and other large items outside – In order to have space for all of the children and parents to move freely, without blocking exits, please bring in only those items you absolutely need during storytime.

Make time to pick out books to bring home and share - Ask us for book recommendations appropriate for your child’s reading and attention level. By continuing to read at home your child will continue to build pre-literacy skills outside of the library. It will also make your child enjoy storytime at the library that much more!

Babies & Books is designed to offer a wonderful introduction to storytimes for the very young (ages 0-24 months). Parents and caregivers will get to listen to very short stories and participate in rhymes and songs with their little one during this quick, 20-minute storytime. Even the youngest babies will enjoy seeing new faces and listening to the group while crawlers and walkers will enjoy starting to do the simpler rhymes' actions on their own, moving along to the music, and listening to the stories.

Fridays @ 10:30 - 10:50 AM, when in session.

This story is drop-in and does not require registration. 

Children aged 2 are welcomed with their parent/caregiver to come listen to stories and join in for songs and rhymes. Each week we read themed stories together and then complete a corresponding craft. 

Wednesdays @ 10:30 - 11:15 AM, when in session.

This storytime requires pre-registration.

Little Listeners is a great way to enjoy the library with your preschool aged child. Each week children will get to listen to stories, participate in rhymes and songs, and watch picture-book themed short movies. After stories, children will get to stretch their artistic sensibilities with a simple craft. 

Tuesdays @ 10:30 - 11:15 AM, when in session.

This storytime requires pre-registration.

Drop-In Storytime offers a low-key, come-when-you-can schedule for our busy families. During this storytime children and their families will hear stories and participate in fun rhymes and songs. 

Mondays @ 11:30 - Noon, when in session.

This storytime is drop-in and does not require registration. 

A storytime designed for children ages 2-6 with Autism Spectrum Disorders, sensory integration challenges, or other developmental delays accompanied by their parent/caregiver. Children will spend 10-15 minutes listening to short stories and participating in rhymes, fingerplays, and songs. Children will then have the opportunity to engage in sensory activities and play. A social story about visiting the library is available for each family upon request. 

If you have any questions about Sensory Storytime please feel free to call the Children's Department or email Hannah at hgavalis@minlib.net. 

First Monday of the month @ 4 - 4:30 PM, when in session.

This storytime requires pre-registration.