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Storytimes are not held in December.

If schools are closed due to bad weather, storytimes are canceled.

Ask your librarian about the 50 Picture Book Challenge and Read Aloud 15 Minutes a Day!

Tips for a Successful Storytime

Sit, sing, and listen to stories together.
The more you participate, the more your child will participate, enjoy, and learn.

Please be on time.
Storytimes are short and every minute is full of fun and learning opportunities.

Don’t be afraid to leave.
Some days children aren’t in the right mood for storytime. If your child is having a bad day or becomes disruptive, please feel free to take a break and try again.

Please enjoy your food, toys, and cell phones after storytime.
Distractions take away from enjoyment and learning for everyone. There may be children with food sensitivities or allergies in storytime.

Baby Storytimes

Baby Storytime at WaltBaby Storytime is an interactive parent-child time with fun activities designed to promote early literacy, language development and a love of books for children birth to 18 months old. Storytimes are not held in December.

Eiseley Branch Library
1530 Superior Street
402-441-4250
Monday, 10:35 to 10:55 a.m.

Gere Branch Library
2400 S. 56th Street
402-441-8560
Monday, 10:00 to 10:20 a.m.
Wednesday, 10:00 to 10:20 a.m.
Thursday, 6:30 to 6:50 p.m.

Walt Branch Library
6701 S. 14th Street
402-441-4460
Thursday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Toddler Time

Toddler Time at AndersonFor children aged 18 to 36 months and their parents or caregivers. During Toddler Time, a librarian reads aloud and leads adult-child pairs in activities. Research indicates the importance of the adult-child bond in building early literacy. Toddler Time also supports early literacy by building vocabulary and sharing age-appropriate literature in an atmosphere of fun, engaging activity. Storytimes are not held in December.

Anderson Branch Library
3635 Touzalin Avenue
402-441-8540
Monday, 10:30 to 10:50 a.m.

Bethany Branch Library
1810 North Cotner Blvd.
402-441-8550
Tuesday, 10:30 to 10:50 a.m.

Eiseley Branch Library
1530 Superior Street
402-441-4250
Wednesday, 10:35 to 10:55 a.m.
Thursday, 10:35 to 10:55 a.m.

Gere Branch Library
2400 S. 56th Street
402-441-8560
Tuesday, 10:00 to 10:20 a.m., 10:35 to 10:55 a.m. and 6:30 to 6:50 p.m.
Wednesday, 10:35 to 10:55 a.m.
Thursday, 10:00 to 10:20 a.m. and 10:35 to 10:55 a.m.

Walt Branch Library
6701 S. 14th Street
402-441-4460
Tuesday, 10:30 to 10:50 a.m.
Wednesday, 10:30 to 10:50 a.m.

Preschool Storytimes

Lincoln City Libraries presents its popular preschool storytimes at all library locations. Preschool Storytime is a half-hour of books and activities for children ages three, four and five.

Preschool Storytime supports early literacy by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities. Pre-registration is not required for Preschool Storytime. Newcomers are always welcome! Storytimes are not held in December.

Bennett Martin Public Library
136 S. 14th Street
402-441-8566
Third Thursday of the month (Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16) Thursday, 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.

Anderson Branch Library
3635 Touzalin Avenue
402-441-8540
Tuesday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Bethany Branch Library
1810 North Cotner Blvd.
402-441-8550
Thursday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Lincoln City Libraries to Host Musical Storytime October 17
photo: girl with violinLincoln City Libraries and Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra (LSO) will host a free musical preschool storytime featuring actor Adam Goos, 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 17 at Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior Street.

Goos will perform with LSO during their production of “A Family for Treble” on October 22. He portrays Treble, a music-loving dog, who searches for his “furr-ever” home within the orchestra. Goos will teach the audience about the instrument families in the orchestra and how their sounds are produced. Afterwards, LSO will demonstrate orchestral instruments, and participants will have the opportunity to play them in an “instrument petting zoo” sponsored by Dietze Music.

Eiseley Branch Library
1530 Superior Street
402-441-4250
Tuesday, 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Gere Branch Library
2400 S. 56th Street
402-441-8560
Monday, 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.

South Branch Library
2675 South Street
402-441-8570
Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Walt Branch Library
6701 S. 14th Street
402-441-4460
Tuesday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Storytimes for Families

The entire family is welcome to enjoy crafts and storytime. Storytimes are not held in December.

Dia de los Muertos Family Storytimes

Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead 2017 Community EventsAs part of downtown Lincoln’s Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) community event, join us at Bennett Martin Public Library for special family storytimes, Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. Enjoy calavera skull-making crafts, view a full-size La Catrina and altar in remembrance of Nebraska authors and honor your ancestors or loved ones by adding their names to our ofrenda.

Bennett Martin Public Library
136 S. 14th Street
402-441-8500
Every Sunday, 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Eiseley Branch Library
1530 Superior Street
402-441-4250
Every Sunday, 1:30 to 2:00 p.m.

Gere Branch Library
2400 S. 56th Street
402-441-8560
Monday, October 23, 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Walt Branch
6701 S. 14th Street,
402-441-4460
Tuesdays, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Every Saturday 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Read Aloud Please

A parent-child book group for students in grades 1 to 3 and their parents. Meets the second Monday of each month, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. at Gere Branch, 2400 S. 56th Street. Call 402-441-8560 to register.

Why Read Aloud?

There is an easy way to improve your child’s chances at school. It will entertain and delight them. It will strengthen the bonds between you and your child. And it is virtually free.

Sound too good to be true? Actually, it isn’t. The magical method: taking time to read aloud to your child.

In an era of high-stakes testing and education reforms and revolutions, research has repeatedly provided that this one simple parenting technique is among the most effective. Children who are read aloud to by parents get a head start in language and literacy skills and go to school better prepared.

Reading aloud to young children promotes literacy and language development and supports the relationship between child and parent.

In other words, reading that bedtime story may not only entertain and soothe your child, it may also develop vocabulary, improve ability to learn to read, and – perhaps most important – foster a lifelong love of books and reading.

 

Virtual Storytimes with TumbleBook Library

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