When children participate in Storytime from a young age, they benefit in so many ways. Children learn vital school readiness skills -- sitting still for a period of time, how to pay attention to an adult other than a parent, taking turns and sharing, and how to be reasonably quiet. Children and caregivers learn songs and rhymes that support their child’s learning, while meeting and connecting with others. Our Storytime curriculum focuses on literacy and language development, integrates S.T.E.A.M. activities and concepts, music, body awareness, and confidence in movement. Our library staff are highly skilled in working with young children to help you set the foundation for lifelong learning and a love of reading.
Learn about our Storytime Classes & Play Groups
Little Seeds Storytime Class
We help you plant the seeds for lifelong learning. Designed for children aged 6 – 23 months, the Little Seeds storytime class consists of books, music, finger plays, rhymes, and movement. Children and caregivers participate in a curriculum that encourages vocabulary, social skills and confidence in movement.
Sprouting Up Storytime Class
Your little one is growing up fast. Building on the foundation set in Little Seeds, your toddler will engage in weekly activities that encourage language development, body awareness, sharing and social interactions, and following directions. For children aged 2, with a caregiver.
Branching Out Storytime Class
It’s time to explore the world! Your 3-5 year old is ready to Branch Out and participate in this “on my own” storytime class. Science, art, math, and stories come together to encourage language and literacy skills, sharing and making friends, and learning many vital school readiness skills.
Glen Ridge residents only. A parent/caregiver must remain in the library during the class.
Baby & Toddler Play Group
These drop-in play groups encourage socialization among children. The library will provide age appropriate toys and books for babies and toddlers to play with while here. Caregivers are required to stay with their children while participating in the group.
Family Evening Story Time
This evening story time is for children of all ages and features stories, songs and finger plays. Children are welcome to wear pajamas to the program. Sometimes, we feature special guest authors, visiting pets, and other surprise guests. Check the calendar to see who might be joining us next time.
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