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Local Storytimes

Library Story Times

Huntsville, Madison County, and North Alabama Public Libraries

MONDAYS

Baby Storytime | Madison Public Library | 9:30 AM
Rockin’ Storytime | Downtown Huntsville Library | 10:30 AM
Mommy & Me Storytime | Hazel Green Library | 10:30 AM
Spectrum Storytime | Athens Public Library | 4:30 PM

TUESDAYS

Little Wanderers Storytime | Bailey Cove Public Library | 9:30 AM and again at 10:30 AM
Baby Bonding Storytime | Downtown Huntsville Library | 9:30 AM
Toddler Storytime | Madison Public Library | 9:30 AM
Preschool Storytime | Monrovia Public Library | 10:30 AM
Preschool Storytime | Madison Public Library | 10:30 AM
Tremendous Toddlers Storytime | Downtown Huntsville Library | 10:30 AM
Tuesdays Tales | Eleanor Murphy Public Library | 10:30 AM
Story Hour in New Hope | Elizabeth Carpenter Public Library of New Hope | 10:30 AM

WEDNESDAYS

Mother Goose Storytime | Bailey Cove Public Library | 9:30 AM
Toddler Storytime | Madison Public Library | 9:30 AM
Baby Storytime | Athens Public Library | 10:15 AM
Preschool Storytime | Monrovia Public Library | 10:30 AM
Preschool Storytime | Madison Public Library | 10:30 AM
Book Buddies | Bailey Cove Public Library | 10:30 AM
Gurley Storytime | Gurley Public Library | 10:30 AM
Rockin’ Storytime | Downtown Huntsville Library | 10:30 AM
Toddler & Preschool Story Hour | Athens Public Library | 11:15 AM

THURSDAYS

Mother Goose Storytime | Bailey Cove Public Library | 9:30 AM
Toddler Storytime | Madison Public Library | 9:30 AM
Preschool Storytime | Monrovia Public Library | 10:30 AM
Preschool Storytime | Madison Public Library | 10:30 AM
Book Buddies | Bailey Cove Public Library | 10:30 AM
Tremendous Toddlers Storytime | Downtown Huntsville Library | 10:30 AM

FRIDAYS

Storytime with Ms. Kathryn | Hazel Green Public Library | 10:30 AM

Barnes & Noble Bookstores

Both the Bridge Street and the Jones Valley locations host storytimes on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 AM.

How to Make the Most Out of Storytime

1. Age Matters
If the storytime you are attending is targeting a specific age, please be sure it is the right one for your little listener. There are many to choose from – baby, toddler, preschool, lower elementary, and family storytimes are the most common. For instance, baby & toddler times aren’t so worried about sitting still and being quiet, but preschoolers and older kids are usually already familiar with the structure of storytime and more is expected. If you’re not sure which storytime is right for your family, just ask the librarian!

2. Be Ready to Move!
Be sure to dress comfortably and appropriately – you and your child will likely be moving and getting hands-on during storytime. Some libraries include a craft or activity after the stories, so be prepared to work with markers, glue, and sometimes even glitter and paint.

3. Participation is Key
Storytimes are led by the librarian, but many children will come out of their shell when they see YOU joining in! Don’t be surprised if you find yourself singing, clapping, and even hokey-pokeying! It’s a good idea to put away your cell phone and chat with other caretakers after storytime is over.

4. It’s Social & Supportive
Library story hour is the perfect opportunity to work on socialization skills – for you and your child. Good friends are often made at storytime, the kind that lead to afternoon playdates for kids, and mini support groups for moms. Storytime is a great place for your child to learn how to interact with other kids before they get to preschool or kindergarten.

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