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We offer a variety of storytimes for toddlers and preschoolers. For specific dates and themes, go to the Calendar of Events or drop by and pick up a storytime calendar. You may also call the branch for details.

Central Library 

Benjamin Branch

Glenwood Branch Library

Hemphill Branch Library

Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library

McGirt-Horton Branch Library

Vance Chavis Branch Library

What to Expect at Storytime

Storytime is one of the most important programs we offer for children at the Greensboro Public Library. We want to encourage your child’s love of books, language and libraries. This program is an entertaining way to prepare your preschool child for reading independently. Each storytime focuses on a weekly theme with books, songs, fingerplays and other literature activities. Storytimes may also include puppets, short films and arts and crafts as well.

Your child will begin to develop reading readiness skills long before he or she starts school. Simple activities such as talking, singing, reading, writing and playing help young children to learn language skills. As Children’s Librarians, we include these activities in our storytimes and demonstrate techniques for you to try at home. You are your child’s first and most important teacher.

These six Ready for Reading Skills will improve your child’s success when school starts. See the list below for the educational terminology and what each one means in kid-friendly phrases:

  • Print Motivation—I like books.
  • Phonological Awareness—I hear words. 
  • Vocabulary—I know words. 
  • Narrative Skills—I can tell a story. 
  • Print Awareness—I see words. 
  • Letter Knowledge—I know letters.

Each storytime will focus on one or more of these skills. Age-appropriate literature and a variety of materials will make learning fun!

Making the Most of Your Storytime Experience

  • Arrive promptly if possible so you don’t miss any of the fun. 
  • Be a positive role model by listening and participating with your child. Visit with other parents after storytime.
  • Everyone has bad days. Feel free to step away with your child if he or she is restless or upset. 
  • Maintain safety by always keeping your child in view. Encourage inside voices, walking feet and gentleness with books. 
  • Check out books to take home. Library staff will be happy to help you. 
  • Storytime programs are a great bonding experience for children and their parents or caregivers.
  • Talk about storytime when you return home. Repeat songs and discuss your child’s favorite stories.

Want to bring your preschool class to storytime? Daycare and school groups are always welcome at the Greensboro Public Library. We ask that teachers or caregivers call ahead to the branch you would like to visit so we can give your group the very best experience possible. If your group is large, we may be able to schedule a special field trip just for you!

Make the Greensboro Public Library a favorite destination, enjoy books at home and watch your child grow into a successful reader.

Last updated: 2/14/2013 1:03:54 PM