Children start to develop early literacy skills beginning at birth, and reading together with children continues to be one of the most powerful ways to develop early literacy skills. Join us at the library for energetic, engaging, and fun storytimes that will facilitate early literacy experiences and give you ideas for new ways to engage your child in early literacy practices.
Babies & Toddlers
Join us Wednesdays at 10-10:30 am for stories, songs, rhymes and fingerplays. Please bring a yoga mat to this storytime for babies and toddlers up to 15 months and their caregivers.
Lapsits are a wonderful way to share time with your baby while introducing a love of books and the library. We provide a fun environment where babies and toddlers can work on their important early literacy skills.
Drop in! No registration necessary.
September 4, 11, 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20
Join us on Tuesdays at 9:30am and 10:15 am for a fun half hour of stories, songs and other learning activities with the librarian and library mascot, Cocoa Moose! This weekly class is designed to jump-start early literacy skills for walkers and ‘wobblers.’
No registration is necessary, but attendance is capped at 40 people. If you have already attended the 9:30 session, you may not attend the 10:15 session. Please pick up tickets at the Children’s Room Desk that morning.
September 3, 10, 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
Join us on the first Saturday of the month at 10-10:30 am for a storytime especially for toddlers (ages 1-3) and their caregivers. Stories! Cocoa Moose! And plenty of music and motion for getting the wiggles out. *Due to room size and safety, attendance will be limited to 75.*
Join us on Mondays at 10-10:30 am for a storytime designed for ages 3-5. This event is filled with rollicking stories, songs, felt boards and other visual methods of storytelling. Our goals are to have fun with early literacy skills and to increase both your child’s enjoyment of reading and attention span. Come join us as we Sing, Talk, Read, Write and Play!
Drop in! No registration necessary.
September 9, 16, 23, 30
October 7, 21, 28
November 4, 18
Get ready for Kindergarten in this 9 week storytime series, held on Thursdays from 1:45-2:15 pm. Countdown to Kindergarten will combine engaging hands-on activities with favorite books for preschoolers who will enter Kindergarten in Fall 2020. Kids will discover concepts such as the alphabet, holidays, STEAM activities, and more!
Registration is required; children ages 4 & 5 may only sign up for a single session – the Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 session. The same content will be repeated in Spring 2020. Register online beginning August 29.
September 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14
*Please note: when you register, you are signing up for the entire 9 week session
Join us on the second Saturday of the month at 10-10:30 am for a storytime designed for children ages 4 and up with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, other developmental disabilities, and their typically developing peers.
If your child has difficulty sitting through one of our other storytimes, this program of stories, songs, and activities might be just what you are looking for.
Introduce yourself and your children to our library using this “This Is My Library” social story. It includes photos and information about the Library and the Children’s Room, and is a great tool to use to help prepare kids for their first visit.
More Early Learning Fun!
Fridays are full of fun and learning at the RPL’s Happy Place! Kids’ concerts, sensory play, dance parties and more for children up to age 5 and their caregivers. Check our calendar for details.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Can YOU read 1,000 books before Kindergarten? We know you can! 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is our new early literary initiative designed to jump start skills and begin a lifetime of learning and fun!