The Story Time schedule for Ruskin Branch Library is changing. The new schedule is:

  • Baby Time - Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m.
  • Family Story Time - Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.

The Story Time schedule for 78th Street Community Library is changing. The new schedule is:

  • Family Story Time - Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.
  • Baby Time is temporarily cancelled due to staffing shortages.

Lutz Branch Library Story Time programs have been suspended

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

November 27 – December 3: American Tales

Baby Time

We Sang You Home by Richard Van Camp
I Hope by Monique Gray Smith

Toddler Time

Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk
You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith

Story Time

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith

Family Story Time

Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith

Evening Story Time

Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard
Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk
My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith
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!

Portrait of Allison
Allison
Portrait of Crissy
Crissy
Portrait of Dena
Dena
Portrait of Jeff
Jeff
Portrait of Mehkii
Mehkii
Portrait of Sam
Sam