Did you know…that the most critical period of vocabulary development occurs between birth and age 3? Everyone knows that the children who start Kindergarten with the largest vocabularies have the easiest time learning to read and stay in school the longest, but not everyone knows that most of the foundation for success is laid BEFORE the age of 3. Bringing your child to storytime is more than just fun–it’s brain building!

Storytimes are available this winter! Here is the schedule:

Central Library

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Drop-in Craft – Daily, during all open hours, Children’s Room
Check the sign by the door for a sample, then pick up your materials at the desk. Just add imagination!

Family Storytime
Saturdays, 1:30 pm. Ongoing in the Children’s Program Room.

Join us for stories, songs, and a craft. Perfect for ages 3-10, siblings are welcome! No registration required.


Brightwood Branch

Bilingual Storytime at Brightwood, Wednesdays, January 6 – June 22, 2016, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Community Room.
Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 12 months–6 years, siblings welcome.
Hora de cuentos bilingües en la Biblioteca Brightwood Los miercoles,del 9 de septiembre al 16 de diciembre .Salón Comunitario. Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños. Presentada con la colaboración de Home City Families. Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, los hermanos son bienvenidos.


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East Forest Park Branch

Infant/Toddler Storytime at East Forest Park, Fridays, January 15 – February 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Join us for stories, songs, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Ages birth-36 months, siblings welcome.


East Springfield Branch

Pajama Storytime at East Springfield, Wednesdays, January 6 – February 24, 6:00-6:30 p.m.
Join us for stories, songs, and movement. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Ages 3-10, siblings (and stuffed animals!) welcome.


Forest Park Branch

Toddler Storytime at Forest Park, Tuesdays, February 2 – April 26, 2016, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Children’s Program Den.
Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, and a craft. Registration required IF you bring more than three children. Space is limited to 15. Ages 18-36 months, siblings welcome.

Bilingual Toddler Storytime at Forest Park Tuesdays, January 5 – January 26, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Children’s Program Den.
Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. Registration required IF you bring more than 3 children. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 14. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 12-36 months, siblings welcome.
Hora de cuentos bilingües en la Biblioteca Forest Park Los martes, del 5 al 26 de enero, 10:30 a 11:15 a.m., Salón de los Niños.
Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. Requiere inscripción previa SOLO si lleva más de 3 niños. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños. Plazas limitadas a 14 niños con un adulto. Presentada con la colaboración de Home City Families. Para niños de 12 meses a 36 meses de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos.


Indian Orchard Branch

Preschool Storytime at Indian Orchard
Mondays, 10:30 a.m., January 4 – April 25, 2016, ages 3-5, with adult, siblings welcome

Join us for stories, songs, a craft, and playtime. Registration required IF you bring more than 3 children. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 3-5, siblings welcome.


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Mason Square Branch

Preschool Storytime
Wednesdays, 10:30 am. Ongoing.

Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Ages 3-5, siblings welcome.


Library Express at Pine Point

Family Storytime at Pine Point, Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5 p.m., December 9, 2015 – March 16, 2016 (except February 17 and 24),
Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required. Ages 3-10, siblings welcome.


Sixteen Acres Branch

Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., December 3 – February 25 (except December 24 and 31),
Join us for stories, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. An adult must accompany and consistently supervise children. Birth-5 years, siblings welcome.