Did you know that we have many library storytime offerings around Kalamazoo, Portage, Richland, Comstock and more for kids under five year olds old?  Through the range of interesting picture books, finger play, music, crafts, poetry, and sometimes even puppetry, our local librarians pull out all of the stops to make library storytime fun.

Many librarians believe that early literacy skills are important to building the foundation for reading. 

Here are the listings of some of the storytime options at our local libraries. Check with the library regarding start time and if you need to RSVP for the storytime.  Also, check out KZOOkids Events Calendar as many of the storytimes are listed.

Kalamazoo Public Library

Baby LapsitStorytime for babies from birth to walking and their caregivers with rhymes, songs, and books! Siblings may attend as guests.

Baby StepsA chance for walking babies up to two years old to try the newly learned skills of walking, clapping, jumping, and dancing. Siblings may attend as guests. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Toddler Storytime– Toddlers 2 to 3 1/2 years old and caregivers will enjoy this lap-sit of stories, songs, and a simple craft. Siblings may attend as guests. Children must be acompanied by an adult caregiver.

Preschool Storytime– A storytime just for older preschoolers from 3 1/2 to 5 years includes stories, crafts, fingerplays and other fun activities. Siblings may attend as guests. Children must be acompanied by an adult caregiver.

Family Storytime– Stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun activities designed for preschoolers from birth to age 5, but younger and older siblings welcome. Children must be acompanied by an adult caregiver.

Musical Storytime – Sing-along songs, puppets and fun with special musical guests! Stories, action songs, and more for moms, dads, caregivers, and children of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

1, 2, 3, Play With Me – Designed for children ages 1-3, these enjoyable five-week workshops will provide parents and caregivers an opportunity to spend time interacting with their child as they learn through play. Registration required.

Portage District Library

Mother Goose Storytime– Enjoy this rewarding time interacting with your child (0 months to 23 months) with books, fingerplays, and creative movement. The emphasis is modeling literacy related activities for parents. A developmentally appropriate playtime will follow.

Two Year Old Storytime– Interactive stories, songs, and creative movements that encourage their emerging language skills. The emphasis is modeling literacy related activities for parents. Families with two years old and their younger siblings are welcome.

3 to 5 Year Old StorytimePreschool age children (ages 3 to 5) will build language skills while listening to stories, learning rhymes, moving to music, and learning the mystery letter of the week! These activities help build early literacy skills and a love of books.

Richland Community Library

Preschool Story Time- For 3-5 year olds who can sit through longer books and enjoy a simple craft but all ages are welcome. No registration.

Wednesday Wigglers!– This 20 minute program is designed for the “Under 3” crowd: babies, early walkers and toddlers. We read a couple of quick books and there’s lots of singing and swinging! There’s no registration……come either time on Wednesday!

Comstock Community Library

Winter Storytime Sessions-Register your child (times vary for children from ages 1-5) for a 45 minute session which includes 30 minutes of stories, songs, and other activities followed by a short craft. (Storytime for 1-2 year olds does not include craft).

Paw Paw District Library

Mother Goose on the LooseAn early childhood literacy program for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers. A short program of stories, rhymes, and active music play is followed by playtime.

Toddler Story HourChildren accompanied by an adult caregiver are welcome to share in stories, songs, and rhymes at this story time. It is followed by a free play period.

Preschool Story Hour-This program is for children who are ready to attend story time more independently. Stories, songs, and action rhymes are followed by a simple craft.


Toddler Tales-Lots of songs, rhymes and movement combined with a story! For *2 & 3 year olds. Parent participation is required.

Preschool Pals-Stories, songs, fingerplays & crafts! Ages 3 1/2 – 5.

In addition to storytime at libraries, check out the following bookstores or community resources that offer weekly story times:

The Bookbug

Barnes and Noble Booksellers

Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Check out your local library if your library isn’t listed here.   

Happy Reading!



By | 2014-01-26T19:31:37+00:00 January 26th, 2014|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published, Parent resources|Comments Off on Our Local Library Storytimes-Making Reading Fun!

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Jill is a mom of a busy 9 year old son. When not working the KZOOkids.com website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.