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!

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Storytimes are available this winter! Here is the schedule:

Central Library

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Create!
Daily, during open hours, Children’s Room. Ages 3-12.

What can you design with the materials available today? Stop at the Children’s desk to pick up supplies!

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, ongoing, 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. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome.

Hora de cuentos bilingües en la Biblioteca Brightwood
Todos los miércoles, 1:30 a 2:30 p.m., Salón Comunitario.

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños. Plazas limitadas a 12 niños con un adulto. Presentada con la colaboración de Home City Families. Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos.


East Forest Park

Infant/Toddler Storytime at East Forest Park
Fridays, December 2, 2016 – March 31, 2017 (except December 20 and 27), 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Join us for stories, songs, movement, and a craft. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.


East Springfield Branch

Family Storytime at East Springfield
Wednesdays, November 30 – March 29, 2017, 5:30 – 6 p.m.

Join us for stories. No registration required. Ages 5-9, siblings welcome.


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Forest Park Branch

Toddler Storytime at Forest Park
Tuesdays, November 22, 2016 through March 28, 2017, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Children’s Program Den.
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 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

Lunch Bunch at Forest Park
First Saturday of the month except holiday weekends, 1-2 p.m.

Come and enjoy a fun interactive story, an engaging activity and a free light lunch. Recommended for children ages 5-12. Sponsored by Faith United Church.


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Indian Orchard Branch

Preschool Storytime at Indian Orchard
Mondays, December 5, 2016 – March 29, 2017 (except holidays), 10:30-11:30 a.m., 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.


Library Express at Pine Point

Family Storytime at the Library Express at Pine Point, Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5 p.m., September 14, 2016 – February 22, 2017
Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required. Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.


Mason Square Branch

Preschool Storytime at Mason Square
Wednesdays, ongoing, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Mason Square Community Room.

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

Sixteen Acres Branch

Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres
Thursdays, December 1, 2016 – March 30, 2017 (no program December 29), 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required, just drop in anytime during the program. Adult must accompany and consistently supervise children. Ages birth-5 years, siblings welcome.

Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres
Tuesdays, November 29 – March 28 (no program December 27), 1:30-2:30 p.m. .

Join us for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth-5 years, siblings welcome.