We have 3 Story Times at the library:
- Baby Bounces & Books: Fridays at 10:15 a.m.
- Tales for Twos: Fridays at 11:00 a.m.
- Preschool Tales & Tunes: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Which Story Time is Right for My Child?
We get asked this question quite often here at the library, and the best answer is this: Bring your child to the story time that best suits their age and ability. Children grow, learn, and develop at different stages, so there is no universal age or time when they will be ready to transition to the next group Story Time setting.
Here is a handy guide to help you decide which Story Time is the best fit for you and your child:
Baby Bounces & Books
Baby Bounces & Books is a 20-25 minute lap-sit Story Time that is geared towards our youngest patrons (newborn – walker-in-training). During this time, we typically begin with a “Welcome” session where we greet each child individually by name, followed by series of lap-bounces, recorded music or sing-alongs, and basic fine/gross motor activities. The stories we read for this age group tend to have few pages (i.e. board books), simplistic, repetitive text, and engaging (often interactive, think “lift-the-flap” style) illustrations. Some examples of these kinds of books include:
When babies start to walk and are actively engaged during one or more full stories at home, they may be ready for…
Tales for Twos
Tales for Twos. This 30-minute interactive Story Time is designed specifically for toddlers who are always on the go! We begin with a welcome session and opening song, followed by at least two (sometimes three, depending on the length of each book) stories and lots of activity-based songs, finger- and prop-plays (i.e. rhythm sticks, egg shakers, scarves), and fine/gross motor games. Some examples of the types of books we may read during this story time include:
Children who attend this Story Time are typically walking (or running!) and occasionally may not be ready to sit for a full-length picture book – and that’s okay! This is precisely why the action:reading ratio is about 60:40, with lots of opportunities to “get the wiggles out” in between each book. Allowing for a lot of movement intermittently throughout the Story Time period often encourages high-energy participants to remain engaged while the reading is taking place. If your child is ready to sit for longer stories at home, and perhaps even initiates story time themselves, they may be ready for…
Preschool Tales & Tunes
Preschool Tales & Tunes. This 35-40 minute themed Story Time is geared towards children who are around preschool age (3 1/2 – 5), and require minimal assistance from the parent or caregiver throughout the duration of the session. (Note: Children may attend this story time on their own while caregivers are outside of the room.) Younger participants are welcome to join if they are interested in reading books with a higher number of pages, longer text, and more complex story structure (think board books vs. picture books). Some examples of books we may read during this story time include:
Each Story Time begins with an opening song and interactive “Question of the Day,” where children are often given the opportunity to practice skills that relate literacy to real-world events (for example, I may ask “What kinds of things would you find in the ocean?” if we are reading books about sea life, etc.). While there is more conversation and critical thinking in this group setting, the books are still fun, relatable, and engaging – and there is still plenty of opportunity for movement!
If you are new to Story Time or think your child may be ready to move to the next age group, please feel free to stop by whichever time you choose just to try it out. There is no registration, and every Story Time is free and open to the public. Happy Reading!