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Storytime FAQs

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Storytime Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When are storytimes offered?
We feature regular Storytimes however, we take occasional breaks from Storytime throughout the year. Please consult our Kids Calendar to ensure that Storytime is in session.

Is registration required?
Storytimes require NO advance registration. Parking and room space are both limited, so we recommend you arrive early. The program door will be closed at 15 minutes past the start of storytime or when the room reaches capacity.

Can I bring my older child to Baby Lapsit?
Due to space, safety considerations, and the unique format of our Storytimes, please observe posted age limitations. Older siblings are not permitted in programs such as Baby Lapsit or Young Ones. We do offer a wide variety of programs for all ages of children, including Family Storytimes that are open to all ages.

Do I need to remain with my child during the program?
Yes! Our Storytimes are very participatory. We encourage you to listen to the stories, sing the songs, and act out the rhymes with your child. You will both have fun!

What if my child starts crying?
If your child becomes exceptionally fussy, it’s okay to leave the program room and return when he/she is calmer. It’s also okay to “call it a day” and try again next week! We want Storytimes to be enjoyable for all participants.

Any other tips?
  • Turning off cell phones and limiting side conversations will keep distractions to a minimum and make it easier for children and adults to focus on the program.

  • Be prepared to sit on the floor with your child during the Baby Lapsit and Young Ones program. It is suggested you bring a blanket or mat for your child.

  • Snacks and toys can be distracting to other children, so we ask that you put those items away during storytime. Also, food is not permitted in the library at any time. When storytime is finished, snacks can be enjoyed outside the library. (Bottles and nursing are fine.)

  • Parents and caregivers make the best storytellers of all! We encourage you to read to your child and continue the Storytime experience at home. Library staff can recommend excellent books for you to check out.
Words of wisdom: “The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.” – Richard C. Anderson, Becoming a Nation of Readers: The Report of the National Commission on Reading
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