Tips for Story Time at the Library

Welcome to another Playful Preschool Wednesday post. Last week we explored  Ponds and this week we are having a Book Celebration! I chose to celebrate books by taking my girls to the library.

My girls love the library! They spend one day a week there for story time. So I decided to share how we participate in story time andeals some tips to having great story lovers and participants.

Story time is a great way to start introducing your children to their local libraries from the baby stage. During our story time we listen to two stories and participate in an activity that’s related to the books that are read.

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Here are a few of my suggestions to having a successful  story time trip.

  • Make sure that story time does not interfere with nap time
  • Have well fed children
  • Bring a stroller (life saver if nap time happens after story time or you need to make a quick get away with a cranky kid)
  • Carry a small rolling cart
  • Pack a snack
  • Let the kids be kids

When we first started attending story time we had a stuggle. My then toddler now preschooler would wonder. It use to bother me, but then I learned to let her wonder but stay in the kids section. We would move on to an activity like puzzles or something while still being able to hear the stories.

After story time is over be prepared to go book hunting. (Hence the need for a rolling cart. ) We usually  spend  about a good two hours in the library with story time and after with the book hunting and just lounging around.

Our library here does not allow for food inside but they have benches outside. So we carry lunch with us to be eaten outside on one of the tabled benches. While they eat I most of the time read a short story or we talk about the stories  that were  read to us during story time and the lessons that each story had. This is usually  a great ending to story time and makes the most of our library  visits.

My girls love story time day at our local library. It always opens them up to first finding the books that were read that day and to find other books like it.

Story time is a great way to foster the love of books.

Oh big tip: If you miss story time, call and request the books  that were read and the activities  done to be held so you can pick them up at the front desk and have your story time at home.


I was looking for some great shows that celebrate books. You know shows like Super Why?, Between The Lions, Reading Rainbow. Well I found them and  the kids love them, but I ran across  on of my Playful  Preschool team mates Growing Book By Book’s video “Rainbow Retelling Bracelets” and I though that this would be a much better fit. You could use this bracelet after story time with your kids.

More ideas how to celebrate reading with your child from the #PlayfulPreschool Education Team:


Preschool Invitation to Make Books by Mom Inspired Life

Dramatic Play Library by Growing Book by Book

Tips for Story Time at the Library by Tiny Tots Adventures
Make a Reading Star Book Counting Chain by The Educators’ Spin On It

Images by Nemo

4 Responses to Tips for Story Time at the Library

  1. We love story time at the library. It is so fun to discover new books. Thank you for including our retelling bracelet in your post!
    Jodie @ Growing Book by Book recently posted…Create a Library Dramatic Play AreaMy Profile

  2. Theresa says:

    I love the idea of requesting the book and activity if you miss story time. I would not have thought to do that!
    Theresa recently posted…Early Reader Book Sorting FunMy Profile

  3. Danielle says:

    We love story time at the library. There are some great tips here that I never thought about. Thanks!
    Danielle recently posted…Preschool Invitation to Make BooksMy Profile

  4. We love time spent at the library too!
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