From August 1 through August 31, several libraries will be utilized as Early Voting and Election Day locations.

Story Times will be temporarily relocated to a different room at these locations:

  • Bloomingdale Regional Public Library
  • Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library (attendance limit of 10 children + 1 parent each for all programs)
  • Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library
  • New Tampa Regional Library (attendance limit of 15 children + 1 parent each for Story Time and Family Story Time)
  • Riverview Branch Library (attendance limit 10 children + 1 parent each for all programs)
  • SouthShore Regional Library

The West Tampa Branch Library Story Time programs have been suspended during August.

These programs have been cancelled:

  • Baby Time @ Seffner-Mango Branch Library on August 24 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
  • Baby Time @ Thonotosassa Branch Library on August 24 at 2:00 p.m.

Staff have been called for training with Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center in preparation for the 2022 Hurricane Season.

Attend a program at a different location.

Access programs on-demand from anywhere.

Story Time at Your Library

Join us for in-person Story Time events at select library branches.

The library wants you to have a special experience so:

  • Attendance is limited to:
    • Baby Story Time: 10 children + 1 parent each
    • Toddler Time: 15 children + 1 parent each
    • Story Time: 20 children + 1 parent each
    • Family Story Time: 20 children + 1 parent each
  • Tickets will be available at the marked service desk 15 minutes prior to the event on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • All programs will be the same at each location.

Baby Story Time (Ages Birth to 18 months)

10 children + 1 parent

Locations & Times

Bond with your baby through books, bouncy rhymes, and songs in this lapsit program that introduces early literacy skills and encourages language development.

Toddler Time (Ages 18-36 months)

15 children + 1 parent

Locations & Times

Enjoy books, rhymes, songs, and activities. This engaging program offers social interaction and builds reading skills.

Story Time (Ages 3-6 years)

20 children + 1 parent

Locations & Times

Enjoy books, rhymes, songs, and activities. This engaging program offers social interaction and builds reading skills.

Family Story Time (Ages 2-7 years)

20 children + 1 parent

Locations & Times

Enjoy books, rhymes, songs, and activities that the whole family can enjoy. This engaging program offers social interaction and builds reading skills. Also available on-demand on our YouTube channel.

Evening Story Time (Ages 2-6 years) - Virtual

Register Online

Enjoy books, rhymes, and songs while building early literacy skills. Grab a blanket and your favorite cuddly toy.

Parent Tip of the Week (Adults) – Virtual

Watch a quick video on the Story Time theme with our Early Literacy Specialists. Each week they highlight an Every Child Ready To Read skill to help you and your child get the most out of Story Time.

Books We Will Read

July 24 – 30: Boats

Baby Time

Little Boat by Taro Gomi
Boats! by Charles Reasoner

Toddler Time

Go, Boats, Go! by Addie Boswell
Little Tug by Stephen Savage

Story Time

Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera
Boats Will Float by Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum

Family Story Time

Lil' Navy Sailor by RP Kids
Go, Boats, Go! by Addie Boswell

Evening Story Time

Little Tug by Stephen Savage

July 31 – August 6: The Color Yellow

Baby Time

Pocket Piggies Colors! by Richard Austin
Discover Colors Yellow by Various Authors

Toddler Time

The Little School Bus by Margery Cuyler
Thank You Bees by Toni Yuly

Story Time

When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree by Jamie L. B. Deenihan
Little Bee's Flower by Jacob Souva

Family Story Time

My Yellow Umbrella by Chris Robertson
Yellow Copter by Kersten R. Hamilton
Black Bird Yellow Sun by Steve Light

Evening Story Time

Thank You Bees by Toni Yuly
When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree by Jamie L. B. Deenihan

August 7 – August 13: Be Brave

Baby Time

Gritty Kitty by John Hutton
Fiona's Feelings by John Hutton

Toddler Time

Brave by Stacy McAnulty
I Am So Brave! by Stephen Krensky

Family Story Time

Brave by Stacy McAnulty
Oh So Brave Dragon by David Kirk

Evening Story Time

August 14 – August 20: Sharing is Caring

Baby Time

Will Bear Share? by Hilary Leung
Baby's First Kind Words by Hsinping Pan

Story Time

The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates

Family Story Time

I Want That Nut! by Madeline Valentine
Bear & Hare, Share! by Emily Gravett
Will Bear Share? by Hilary Leung

Evening Story Time

Tomorrow I'll Be Kind by Jessica Hische

August 21 – August 27: Trains, Trolleys & Buses

Baby Time

The Itsy Bitsy School Bus by Jeffrey Burton
Freight Train by Donald Crews

Toddler Time

Train Man by Andrea Zimmerman
Snakes on a Train by Kathryn Dennis

Story Time

Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker
The Littlest Train by Chris Gall

Family Story Time

The Littlest Train by Chris Gall
The Topsy-Turvy Bus by Anita Fitch Pazner
Snakes on a Train by Kathryn Dennis

Evening Story Time

Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker

August 28 – September 3: Storms

Baby Time

Blue on Blue by Dianne White
Rain, Rain, Go Away! by Caroline Jayne Church

Toddler Time

The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates
Rain! by Linda Ashman

Story Time

Bruce's Big Storm by Ryan T. Higgins
Stocking Up for the Storm by Fran Manushkin

Family Story Time

I Am the Storm by Jane Yolen
Clifford and the Big Storm by Norma Bridwell
Rain! by Linda Ashman

Evening Story Time

Nighttime Symphony by Timbaland
The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates
5 Ways to Raise a Reader

Read, Talk, Sing, Write, Play

Help your child be ready to read! Parents and caregivers are a child’s most important teacher. Do these early literacy activities together every day to help your child develop essential language skills.

  • Read Read together every day, even if only for a few minutes. Many children love to hear the same stories over and over, so find favorites!
  • Talk Talk throughout the day to your child. Point out what you are seeing and doing together, and ask lots of questions!
  • Sing Sing songs and nursery rhymes! Rhymes help your child learn new words and develop listening and memory skills.
  • Write Encourage scribbling! Keep crayons and paper on a table where your child can practice.
  • Play Have fun together! Playtime helps children learn important language and social skills.

From books and story times to family literacy workshops and more, we're here to support your child's learning.

Meet the Library’s Story Time Team

We are so excited to meet you and your child!

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