About Our Storytimes
Placer County Library offers three different kinds of storytimes:
- Baby Lapsit: a 30 minute program with an additional 30 minutes of play afterwards that includes books, songs, rhymes, bounces, and playtime for babies 0-24 months and their caregivers.
- Toddler Time: a 25-30 minute program that includes movement, songs and books to develop First 5 skills for children 18-36 months and their caregivers.
- Preschool Storytime: a 30 minute program that includes stories, songs, fingerplays and fun for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers.
What Happens During Storytime? And Tips for Learning & Engaging with Your Child
- During our storytimes we tell stories, sing songs, play games, and do action rhymes and fingerplays. We repeat some of these weekly so that children (and our caregivers!) have a chance to learn them and participate.
- Each storytime features different books and sometimes a theme like pets, summer, or feelings.
- Children are welcome to sit on the ground in front of the library staff leading the storytime, while parents/caregivers can join them or sit in chairs around the floor sitting area.
- Parents/caregivers must stay with their child during storytime. Having our "big kids" participate often motivates children to participate too or serve as another model for how to do a fingerplay or the gestures during a song. It can also help your child relax and have fun.
- Don't be discouraged if your child gets the wiggles or is extra chatty during storytime. It's okay to take a break and leave the area or room and then rejoin, or come back next time. Storytime can be a child's first public group learning experience and acting out can be a result of confusion in an unfamiliar setting, excess energy, or even separation anxiety.
- Besides learning to love reading and practicing early literacy concepts, storytime is a good opportunity:
- For Preschool Storytime attendees to learn the basic rules of classroom conduct like paying attention to an adult in charge and keeping our hands to ourselves.
- For Toddler Time attendees to also work on focusing, mimicking an adult and developing social skills like empathy.
- For Baby Lapsit attendees to bond and experience something fun and meaningful together while practicing body movements.
- Talk about storytime with your child. Ask what their favorite book, song or rhyme was, or if your child was having a hard time sitting and listening, debrief about what appropriate storytime behavior is and how they can work on it next time.
Have more questions? We'd love to hear them!
Ask a library staff member next time you visit one of our locations for a storytime.
Interested in creating your own storytime at home? Check out this PBS article for steps on how to put on your own storytime like the library does.