Why Storytime Is Important
Storytime introduces young children to reading and books.
Each week, our trained library staff and volunteers share stories, songs, and finger-play activities geared to certain ages. Parents learn how to foster six early literacy skills that are critical for preparing their children to read and write. These skills are:
- Knowing how to handle a book
- Hearing beginning sounds
- Knowing letters are different from each other
- Retelling stories and events
- Introducing new words
- Showing a joy of and interest in reading books
Storytimes We Currently Offer
Watch our live storytimes on Facebook and Instagram! Recordings are on YouTube. We also provide our outlines so you can follow along!
PLEASE NOTE: An adult must remain with babies and younger children at storytimes.
Baby Lapsit (Pre-walkers)
Babies from birth to walking and their parents/caregivers enjoy great books, lively songs and rhyme. Seating is limited to 15 babies. Come early to secure a spot!
Toddler Tales (Walkers-3 years)
Toddlers and their parents/caregivers enjoy interactive stories and action songs. Seating is limited to 30 children. Come early to secure a spot!
Rhymes and Reading Storytime (3-5 years)
Stories and activities to help preschoolers prepare for kindergarten. Seating is limited to 30 children. Come early to secure a spot!
PJ Storytime (5-12 years)
Wear your PJs and bring your stuffed animal for stories and activities. This is an evening event. Come early to secure a spot!
Inclusive Art Club (All ages)
Children of all ages and abilities enjoy stories and create art from favorite picture books. Come early to secure a spot!
Storytime at the San Diego Children's Discovery Museum (Pre-walkers-3 years)
Enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes. Held at the San Diego Children's Discovery Museum on North Broadway. There is an entrance fee unless a free museum pass is obtained at the library. Come early to secure a spot!
Storybox Theatre: Kamishibai (2-12 years)
Kamishibai is the Japanese art of combining live storytelling with painted pictures and written words. Join us for a riveting storytime with a professional actor from Write Out Loud and their storybook in a box. Come early to secure a spot!