We get asked this question all the time in the Children's Area. Which story time should I bring my child to? The answer is: bring your child to the story time that best fits their age and ability. Children grow and develop at different paces. No child is the same when it comes to what they learn or how they learn. With that in mind, we have done our best to create story times to fit every age and stage of your child’s development. We offer 6 story time sessions each week that are planned with these developmental stages in mind.
Baby Bookworms for the newborn – walker-in-training. This is a special time for you to spend and enjoy with your baby. It is a chance to hear familiar nursery rhymes and songs, enjoy bubbles, listen to music and do basic fine motor coordination activities. And yes, we will read 1 simple board book because it is important for [even] the youngest of children to hear stories! Read and Play is for the walker – 18 month old. At this story time you and your child will enjoy listening to a story (sometimes 2), fingerplays, songs, bubbles, play time with other babies and beginning fine motor activities. Toddler Time is for the 18 month – 3 year old. At Toddler Time, your child will attend a themed story time where they’ll listen to at least 2 stories along with lots of fingerplays, songs, rhythm stick fun, parachute play, complete a simple craft (with parental help) and have play time with other children. Preschool story time is for the 3 – 5 year old who is able to sit and listen to at least 3 stories and actively participate in fingerplays, songs and group activities along with rhythm stick fun, parachute play and an age appropriate craft completed with minimal help from their parent. You are encouraged and welcome to attend any story time that is offered during the week, however, it is recommended that you attend the age appropriate story time for your child (based on the above guidelines) so that they have the best overall experience for their stage of development. For specific days and times, please access our online calendar of events. See you at Story Time!