Storytimes

During storytime, we read fun stories, utilize fingerplays, rhyme, and sing songs that will help your child begin the journey of being a lifelong reader as well as develop pre-literacy skills. Pre-literacy skills are the things children know about reading and words before they can read, such as letter shapes and sounds.  Scholastic explains it well >in this article. We also have crafts!

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>Steam Storytime
>Taking Home Storytime 
>Storytime Online 
>Every Child Ready to Read Initiative
>Storytime Expectations
>Storytime Sessions

Schedule*

In October 2021, we’ll resume having Storytimes at the library in the Meeting Room. We will have two sessions of each storytime, one at 10:15 a.m. that for the safety of attendees masks completely covering the nose and mouth are required for everyone over the age of two and one at 11:15 a.m. where masks will be optional.

DAY

TIME

STORYTIME INFORMATION

Monday 10:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.
Baby Storytime, 0-5 years
Tuesday 10:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Preschool, 3-5 years
Wednesday 10:15 a.m. & 11:15. a.m.
Toddler Time, 2 & 3 years
Thursday
Friday
Saturday  10:15 a.m.

 *Ages listed are for intended audience. Children of other ages may attend with appropriate supervision.

Baby Storytimes -Masks Required| Mondays, Oct.4- Dec. 6 | 10:15 a.m.| Meeting Room
Join us for baby storytime as we sing, read, bounce, and rhyme! It’s a great time to cuddle your baby close and have fun while introducing them to skills that will help them become future readers. For babies 0-23 months Kids. Registration Required. *Must register each week; 8 spots available* Please use the grownup’s name to register and add the child/ren’s name/s when answering the question in the registration form.

Baby Storytimes -Masks Optional| Mondays, Oct.4- Dec. 6 | 11:15 a.m.| Meeting Room
Join us for baby storytime as we sing, read, bounce, and rhyme! It’s a great time to cuddle your baby close and have fun while introducing them to skills that will help them become future readers. For babies 0-23 months Kids. Registration Required.*Must register each week; 8 spots available* Please use the grownup’s name to register and add the child/ren’s name/s when answering the question in the registration form.

Preschool Storytimes -Masks Required| Tuesdays, Oct.5- Dec. 7 | 10:15 a.m.| Meeting Room
Join us for Preschool Storytime as we read, sing, dance, and play. Parents are encouraged to embrace their inner child and dance and sing along with their child/ren. For preschoolers, ages 3-5.Kids. Registration Required.*Must register each week; 8 spots available* Please use the grownup’s name to register and add the child/ren’s name/s when answering the question in the registration form.

Preschool Storytimes -Masks Optional| Tuesdays, Oct.5- Dec. 7 | 11:15 a.m.| Meeting Room
Join us for Preschool Storytime as we read, sing, dance, and play. Parents are encouraged to embrace their inner child and dance and sing along with their child/ren. For preschoolers, ages 3-5.Kids. Registration Required.*Must register each week; 8 spots available* Please use the grownup’s name to register and add the child/ren’s name/s when answering the question in the registration form.
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Toddler Storytimes -Masks Required| Wednesdays, Oct.6- Dec. 8 | 10:15 a.m.| Meeting Room
Join us for Toddler Storytime as we read, sing, dance, rhyme, and get silly. Storytime is a great way to introduce your toddler to the joy of reading and to the preliteracy skills that will help them become future readers. For toddlers, ages 2-3. Kids. Registration Required.*Must register each week; 8 spots available* Please use the grownup’s name to register and add the child/ren’s name/s when answering the question in the registration form.

Toddler Storytimes -Masks Optional| Wednesdays, Oct.6- Dec. 8 | 11:15 a.m.| Meeting Room
Join us for Toddler Storytime as we read, sing, dance, rhyme, and get silly. Storytime is a great way to introduce your toddler to the joy of reading and to the preliteracy skills that will help them become future readers. For toddlers, ages 2-3. Kids. Registration Required.*Must register each week; 8 spots available* Please use the grownup’s name to register and add the child/ren’s name/s when answering the question in the registration form.

steam Storytime

We will be presenting special STEAM Storytimes geared toward Preschool-aged children the second week of every month:

  • Dates TBA

Taking Home Storytime:

Did you miss storytime? Click on any of the links below to learn about some of our past Preschool & Toddler Storytimes. You can see what we read, rhymed, and sang. We also provide some helpful literacy tips to try at home.

Preschool Storytime

Toddler Storytime

Create Your Own Storytime!

Storytime Online

Reading and interacting with your child is always the best practice, but occasionally utilizing digital resources can help entertain your child as well as develop skills.

Brightly Storytime:
Brightly Storyime brings you full-length picture books read out loud by our storyteller, Ms. Linda. Brightly is a resource to help parents raise lifelong readers. Launched in partnership with Penguin Random House, Brightly features book recommendations for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more. Visit them at > http://readbrightly.com.

Harper Kids Storytime Read Aloud Playlist
 Enjoy storytime with HarperCollins Children’s books.

KidLit TV
KidLit TV is a winner of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, the Norton Juster Award for Devotion to Literacy, and one of the American Library Association’s Great Websites For Kids. KLTV is available in over 600,000 schools worldwide via our website and video distribution partners. We’re a diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award-winning filmmakers working together to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

#OperationASLStorytime
A lot of d/Deaf kids are being isolated at home without linguistic access. Follow this hashtag on Twitter to find ASL resources being shared. 

#SavewithStories
Welcome to #SaveWithStories —a spot to watch your favorite celebrities read your favorite children’s books! As COVID-19 hits the U.S., millions of kids need our help to learn & eat, which is why Jennifer Garner started the charity #savewithstories.

The Spanish Experiment
Well-known children’s stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Great for kids… and adults too! Read along in Spanish or English.

Storyline Online: The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

Storytime from Space: 
Story Time from Space is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit education foundation. While in space, astronauts are videotaping themselves reading these books to the children of Earth. These videos are being edited and placed on this Story Time From Space website- look under the heading of ” Video Library”.

Storytime with Bill:
Join Little, Brown Young Readers for storytime.

Tell Me a Story
Come back each day M-F for a new story at 10AM – we hope these stories provide your child an engaging activity that may give you just a few minutes to yourself or time to finish the task at hand. Thanks for connecting with us at COVID Recovery Iowa – we are here to help.

TumbleBooks
TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. TBL also includes National Geographic videos and games. You can find a little more information >here.

Unite for Literacy
Unite For Literacy has many stories read aloud in multiple languages.

Every Child Ready to Read Initiative

Every Child Ready to Read 2 is a “research-based series of practices that can help young children develop essential literacy skills that will help them get ready to read and on the right path to school readiness and student success” (>ECRR2). Learning to read starts at birth, so it is never too early to start reading to your child. Studies have shown that children who are read to at an early age have success in more areas than those who have not:

  • Larger Vocabulary
  • Advanced Language Skills
  • Greater Interest in Books
  • More Likely to Want to Learn to Read
  • Better Memory
  • More Creativity
  • More Logical Thinking Skills
  • Greater General Knowledge

Parents and caregivers are a child’s first and best teacher, and it’s important for them to be involved in helping children develop these early skills. In the chart below, we’ve broken down the five best practices that will give children a firm foundation in early literacy, and it also shows what pre-literacy/early literacy skills on which those five practices build.

Learn more about Every Child Ready to Read. 

Why is play important? Learn more about it >here and >here.

Storytime Expectations

Library storytimes are often a child’s first “live performance” experience. Attending a storytime is different than watching TV, or going to a movie, as the behavior of the audience can positively or negatively impact the program. A good audience enables the storyteller to give the best presentation possible.

Parents and caregivers should follow these guidelines:

  • Please discuss proper audience behavior with your child before you come to the library program so they will know what is expected of them.
  • Please be on time. Allow extra time for parking and visits to the bathroom.
  • If you do arrive late, please wait for a break between stories, songs or acts before joining the group.
  • If the children in your care become disruptive, please remove them until they are comfortable and willing to listen.
  • Adults model good audience behavior for the children by being attentive and participating.
  • Please remember to turn your imagination on, and your cell phones off.
  • Greeting, chatting, and visiting with friends should be done before or after a program, not during.
  • If you do not enjoy the program, or if you must leave, please do so in a manner that is least disruptive to others.

*STORYTIME SESSIONS:

January through April (winter/spring)
June-July (summer)
September through mid-December (fall)
No storytimes are held during the months of May, August, and the two weeks of late December so that we can plan for the next storytime session.