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Kids: Early Literacy: Storytime!

Weekly Storytime Schedule

Currently, all of our storytimes are virtual. We can't wait to talk, sing, read, write, and play with you in person again when it's safe. 

Virtual Baby Storytime: Tuesdays at 10:00a.m. on Facebook Premiere, starting April 6

Songs, rhymes, and a book that build early literacy skills while you bond with baby. Geared to babies birth to 24mos and their caregivers. Join us on Facebook at 10am for premieres, or watch on Facebook or YouTube later at the time that works best for you and your baby. Tuesdays, April 6-April 27.


Virtual Bilingual Storytime / Cuentacuentos bilingüe virtual: 

Wednesdays at 10:00a.m. on Facebook Premiere/ Las miércoles a las 10:00a.m. en Facebook

Starting April 7

Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to enjoy songs, rhymes and stories in both English and Spanish. Premiering on Facebook at 10:00a.m., available for later viewing on Facebook and YouTube at your convenience.
Niñas y niños de todas las edades están invitados a participar en cuentos y canciones en inglés y español. Estreno en Facebook a las 10 de la mañana, disponible para ver más tarde en Facebook y YouTube a su conveniencia.


Virtual Family Storytime: Thursdays at 10:00a.m. on Facebook Premiere, starting April 8

Let's talk, sing, read, write (in the air) and play together as we explore letters and themes. We'll build early literacy and school readiness skills while we have fun! Geared to ages 2-5 with their caregivers. Premiering on Facebook at 10:00a.m., available for later viewing on Facebook and YouTube at your convenience.

What Happens in Storytime SHOULDN'T Stay in Storytime

You are your child's first teacher, and your child will get more out of storytime if you take what we shared home with you and reintroduce it.

If you attend Baby Storytime, try doing the rhymes and bounces we shared at home.

If you attend Family Storytime, notice and point out the "letter of the day" wherever you see it. Ask your child to retell one of the stories we shared to a friend or family member who wasn't there. Play "I spy something that starts with [the letter of the day--or any letter; it's always a good game]."

These are quick and easy ways to boost your child's early literacy skills and the effects of storytime. Give them a try!

See below for favorite storytime rhymes and songs to listen, dance, and bounce to at home.

Music and Action Rhymes in Storytime

Try singing and moving to these storytime favorites at home! Singing and rhyming build children's listening skills and help them hear that words are made up of smaller sounds.

Further down, you'll find a video playlist of librarians performing songs and fingerplays in Spanish.

Family Storytime Favorites


Baby Storytime Favorites

If you need help finding the music CDs that contain these songs, just ask. If the library doesn't carry the CD you need, we can order it for you via interlibrary loan. Some musicians we recommend and play often: Laurie Berkner, Jim Gill, The Learning Groove (available through MNLink), Ralph's World, and the CD Songs for Wiggleworms


You can listen to and download "The Walrus Washes His Winter Coat" here:



Rimas y Canciones en Espanol

Storytime Online!

Storytimes other than Northfield Public Library's that you can access at any time.

*Storytime from Space features astronauts reading story books while floating around in orbit! 




*Tell Me a Story from the King County Library System offers TONS of action rhyme and fingerplay videos by librarians, so you can chant along and do the motions with them just like in in-person storytime! Rhymes and chants like these build children's ability to hear that words are made up of syllables, an important skill for learning to read. Below is one playlist; you'll find even more at the site.



*Storyline Online offers videos of celebrities reading picture books like The Kissing Hand, Harry the Dirty Dog, Strega Nona, and more. One reservation: rather than showing people reading books while facing the viewing audience, the videos are done as voice-overs in which the illustrations are "animated" slightly and the text does not appear--so children can't see the words and connect them to the story. Your child will hear the text of picture books, but the experience will be more like watching a slow-moving cartoon.