Storytimes

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What is Storytime?

Storytime is a free service of the Pima County Public Library. It is an opportunity for parents to introduce their children to reading and language in a fun way. At Storytime, children have an opportunity to do activities that promote development and learning. All programs are designed for parents to participate with their children; arrangements for school, daycare, or other group visits need to be made in advance.

Read how Storytime can help you and your children get ready for school in School Library Journal.

Babytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months of age. At Storytime, children have an opportunity to do activities that promote development and learning.

LocationDay(s)/Time(s)More Info
Dusenberry-RiverWednesdays, 11:30-noon & 2-2:30pmMore Info
Himmel ParkClick for days and timesMore Info
Joel D Valdez MainThursdays, 2 pm More Info
Joyner-Green ValleyTuesdays, 10:30am More Info
Kirk-Bear CanyonWednesdays, 3-3:30pm More Info
Martha CooperTuesdays, 10:30amMore Info
Miller-Golf LinksWednesdays, 2:30pmMore Info
Murphy-WilmotWednesdays, 9:30 & 10:30am More Info
NaniniTuesdays, 10:30am & Wednesdays, 2:30pm More Info
Oro ValleyMondays, 10amMore Info
ValenciaWednesdays/miércoles, 11:30amMore Info
Wheeler Taft Abbett SrClick for days and timesMore Info
Woods MemorialThursdays, 10am More Info

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Toddler Storytime

Designed for children 18- to 36-months-old. Parents/caregivers and children interact through stories, songs, and rhymes. Stories are kept short to fit the toddlers' short attention spans. Each Toddler storytime is 20 to 30 minutes long.

LocationDay(s)/Time(s)More Info
Dewhirst-Catalina1st & 3rd Friday each month, 10:30amMore Info
Dusenberry-RiverTuesdays, 10:30amMore Info
Eckstrom-ColumbusTuesdays, 10:30am More Info
Flowing WellsTuesdays, 9:30amMore Info
Geasa-MaranaTuesdays, 10:30amMore Info
Himmel ParkThursdays, 10:30amMore Info
Joel D Valdez MainThursdays, 10 am More Info
Joyner-Green ValleyWednesdays, 9:30am More Info
Kirk-Bear CanyonTuesdays & Wednesdays, 10:15-10:45 am More Info
Martha CooperWednesdays, 10:30amMore Info
Miller-Golf LinksWednesdays, 11amMore Info
Murphy-WilmotTuesdays, 9:30 & 10:30 am More Info
NaniniWednesdays, 10:30am More Info
Oro ValleyFridays, 10:30am More Info
Quincie DouglasThursdays, 10:30amMore Info
Wheeler Taft Abbett SrClick for days and timesMore Info
Woods MemorialThursdays, 11am More Info

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Preschool Storytime

Designed for 3- to 5-year-olds and their parents or caregivers. Stories are longer than the Toddler Storytime and the activities are more complex. Children must be able to sit still for a longer period of time than during Toddler Storytime. Preschool Storytime is 30 to 45 minutes long.

LocationDay(s)/Time(s)More Info
Dusenberry-RiverThursdays, 10:30amMore Info
Eckstrom-ColumbusThursdays, 10:30am More Info
El RioTuesday, 10-10:30amMore Info
Flowing WellsThursdays, 9:30amMore Info
Geasa-MaranaThursdays, 10:30amMore Info
Joel D Valdez MainWednesdays, 10:30am More Info
Joyner-Green ValleyWednesdays/miércoles, 10:30am More Info
Kirk-Bear CanyonTuesdays and Wednesdays, 11:15-11:45am More Info
Miller-Golf LinksThursdays, 11amMore Info
Murphy-WilmotFridays, 10:30 am More Info
NaniniThursday & Fridays, 10:30 am More Info
Oro ValleyTuesdays, 11:30am More Info
Quincie DouglasTuesdays, 10:30-11:15amMore Info
ValenciaThursdays/jueves, 10:30 am More Info
ValenciaWednesdays, 10:30am More Info
Wheeler Taft Abbett SrClick for days and timesMore Info
Woods MemorialWednesdays, 10:15-11am More Info

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Sensory Friendly Storytime

Sensory Friendly Storytimes are designed for children ages 10 and under who have a hard time in large groups, are on the autism spectrum, or are sensitive to sensory overload. Our librarians will use preschool-level books, songs and movement during storytimes. All are welcome.

Welcome to Sensory Friendly Storytime at Himmel Library


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LocationDay(s)/Time(s)More Info
Himmel Park3rd Saturday each month, 1-2pmMore Info
Martha CooperClick for days and timesMore Info

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Family Storytime

Family Storytime is for all ages. It is an opportunity for parents to introduce their children to reading and language in a fun way.

LocationDay(s)/Time(s)More Info
Himmel ParkSaturdays, 10:30amMore Info
MissionThursdays, 10:30amMore Info
Murphy-WilmotThursdays/jueves, 10:30am More Info
NaniniTuesdays, 6:30 pm & Saturdays, 10:30 am More Info
Oro ValleyWednesdays, 10amMore Info
ValenciaTuesdays, 6pm More Info
Wheeler Taft Abbett SrClick for days and timesMore Info
Woods MemorialSaturdays, 11amMore Info

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Hora de Cuentos

We offer bilingual storytimes at some of our branch libraries. Bilingual Storytime is presented in various languages and English. It is an excellent experience in both languages for monolingual and bilingual children. Please see Hora de Cuentos.

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Guidelines for Storytime

  • Be playful: Please join in and show your child that storytime is fun. The time to visit with other adults is before or after storytime.
  • Distractions: Arriving late is sometimes impossible to avoid, but please enter the room with as little disruption as possible. Toys and food should be put away, and phones should be turned off or set on vibrate.
  • Those bad days: Remember, we all have bad days. If your child becomes upset, please step out of the room to "regroup," then quietly return.
  • Those insecure days: Please be patient with your child if he or she wants to observe instead of joining in. We completely understand that for some children this will be their first group experience in the library, and that it may take a few visits for them to feel comfortable.
  • Choosing a storytime: Our storytimes are geared toward specific developmental levels: baby, toddler, preschool, family. If you are not sure which one to attend, please ask your librarian which one is best for your child.
  • Bring books home too: An important part of the storytime experience for children is checking out books to read or share at home. Children of any age may have their very own library card. We believe the age a child gets their own card is the parents' decision.
  • Group visits: Our storytimes are designed for parents and children; arrangements for school, daycare, or other group visits larger than five need to be made in advance.

Make the most of your family's visit to the library

Thank you for bringing your child to the Pima County Public Library and providing them with an opportunity to fall in love with books and reading. Here are some tips to help make your visit as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

Please:

  • Read softly to your child/children while in the children's area.
  • Help your child/children to select books, CDs, DVDs, or magazines. Leave any they decide not to check out on a table for library staff to put away.
  • Encourage your child to walk while in the library, for their safety and the safety of others.
  • Guide your child in proper use of library furniture, computers and other resources.
  • Ask if there is a designated area for food before sharing snacks with your child.
  • Take your child out of the library if they become upset and disruptive. Feel free to return once they have calmed down.

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