The Downtown Youth Department offers three storytimes especially designed for the age of your child. Each program is designed to meet the special delights of that age group. Storytimes are offered throughout the year January through December although there are limited storytimes in May, August, or December. Please check below to decide which storytime is best for your child or children. We also offer family storytimes.
Lapsit is designed for children from birth to 24 months of age. Exposure to the rhythms of language and music can help introduce very young children to books and reading. Traditional rhymes, basic fingerplays, tickles, bounces, and activity songs, as well as circle activities that utilize both large and small motor skills are incorporated in the Lapsit program. In addition, caregivers work with their children which helps to build the bond between them. Each program includes a page of rhymes, songs, etc. for the caregiver to take with them and try at home.
Toddlers, age 24 months to about 42 months, are fun and filled with curiosity. They like books, rhythms, crafts, activities and music. Developmentally, toddlers are beginning to understand basic concepts, develop a sense of humor, and realize a story sequence, but are still upset by separation from a parent or caregiver. You and your child are cordially invited to join us for this special storytime designed for toddlers and their adult caregivers.
Preschool children, ages 3 1/2 to 6 years, are making developmental strides and express an interest in the world around them. They want to touch, taste, smell, hear, and test things for themselves. They are eager to learn. They learn by experiencing and by doing. Preschoolers learn from their play. They are busy developing skills and enjoying language. They enjoy more complex stories than toddlers and like to share their knowledge or questions about the story. Some preschoolers are fine enjoying a storytime alone while their adult caregiver is nearby in the youth room choosing books; others still need their caregiver with them. We will have stories, rhymes, songs and crafts.
Family storytimes are a chance for the whole family to get together and enjoy some good books. Each branch offers a family storytime.
Our Klondike Branch offers storytimes on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Our Wyandotte Branch offers storytimes on Fridays at 11:00 a.m
Our Downtown Branch offers a family storytime, Stories Under the Sculpture, on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's).
What do they do at storytime?
Storytimes are a chance for children to experience rhymes, bounces, tickles, activity songs and books. We bring in a variety of sources so that participants learn and hear new things every week.
How long does the program last?
Most programs usually last 20-30 minutes.
Where are the Storytimes held?
In Meeting Room A at the Dowtown Library, in the Tempest Homes Meeting Room at the Klondike Branch, and in the Timberstone Meeting Room at the Wyandotte Branch. These rooms have limited seating, so come early to ensure you have a place!
When do you do these Storytimes?
Lapsit Storytimes are on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays mornings at 9:30 a.m.
Toddler Time is on Tuesday, Wednesday,and Friday mornings at 10:15 a.m.
Evening Nursery Rhyme Time is on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
Preschool Storytimes are on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 11:00 a.m.
We present the same program weekly in order to ensure that more people can take advantage of the program. We take May, August and December off in order to plan for the upcoming session.
Do I have to sign-up to come?
No, but the room holds a maximum of 35 people. Come early to ensure you get a place!
What if I have more questions?
You can call Youth Services at 429-0119.
Are there other storytimes I can attend?
Yes, each of our branches offers Family Storytimes for all ages.
Our Klondike Branch offers storytimes on Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m.
Our Wyandotte Branch offers storytimes on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
Our Downtown Branch offers a family storytime on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.