Library storytimes demonstrate fun ways parents can encourage the development of important pre-literacy skills to help their children be school ready. They also offer an opportunity for parents to meet and socialize with others with children of a similar age.
While the Everett Public Library offers storytimes throughout the year at both library locations, we do take a few breaks during which our Youth Services librarians plan their next storytime series. Check the library calendar ahead of time to make sure that there is a storytime on the day you want to visit.
Storytime Age Groups
We are fortunate to be able to offer storytimes for 4 age groups as outlined below. We are very aware that children's developmental levels don't coincide perfectly with these age groupings. If your child is close to the designated age, you can try out the group below or above their age grouping. If you need to get up and walk out of storytime because your child doesn't fit in or is having a bad day you won't hurt our feelings. You are welcome to bring older/younger siblings to storytime; we expect that at least one child be of the age designated for that storytime group.
For infants 2 - 11 months old and their parent or caregiver
Reading to babies, singing songs and playing together stimulates brain and language development. Babies sit in their parent or caregiver’s lap during this storytime.
- Early walkers begin to add movement to their storytime experience. With parent or caregiver support; books, songs, rhymes and physical activities help develop pre-literacy skills and a lifelong love of reading.
Lively stories and movement activities help busy toddlers develop early pre-literacy skills and a love for books and reading. Parents or caregivers engage with their toddler during storytime to help them learn.
For ages 3-5 years-old
Books, stories and early literacy activities support language development and help children get ready for kindergarten. Parents or caregivers act as role models by participating along with their children.