Ask the Librarian: All About Baby Storytime

Want to attend baby storytime but don't know what it entails? Find out here!

Our baby storytimes are for babies ages 0 to 24 months. We frequently have parents and caregivers ask us if their baby is too young for storytime. Our answer: nope! Believe it or not, we've had babies as young as three days old attend!

Babies begin to learn even before they're born. The first three years of a child's life are the most critical years for learning! Their brains are wired to absorb everything they can, so this is the time to maximize exposure to words, songs and relationships.

What happens during a baby storytime? When you enter our storytime spaces, we'll greet you with smiles, give your baby a name tag and invite you to sit down on the floor with your baby. The storytime specialist will sing songs and rhymes for you and your baby to interact with each other. Books read during this time are short and sweet, but are also chosen intentionally to provide the maximum amount of learning potential.

When storytime is over, our storytime specialists will create a safe and comfortable space for you to play with your baby, what we call Learning Through Play. During this time, get to know your baby and other caregivers. Now is the perfect time to ask our storytime specialists any questions you may have about the storytime or how you can continue to help your baby learn.

Are you ready to sign up for one of our baby storytimes? Visit us here and choose the location that best suits you. You can also find our toddler (ages 2-3) and family (ages 0-5, but geared for ages 3-5) storytime schedules, too.

Our staff of storytime specialists and early literacy librarians are always ready and willing to talk, so please feel free to discuss your questions or concerns with us!