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Storytime and Program Descriptions

Beatley Central
5005 Duke St.

Barrett Branch
717 Queen St.

Burke Branch
4701 Seminary Rd.

Duncan Branch
2501 Commonwealth Ave.


Beatley Central Library Storytimes - Calendar

Baby Rhyme Time (0-12 months):
Moms, dads, and other caregivers sing nursery rhymes and lullabies to your newborn to 12 month-old babies at Baby Rhyme Time. Also enjoy baby yoga exercises, songs, fingerplays and lots of cuddles! 

Little One-ders (12-24 months):
Just for you and your little "one".  Each session includes stories, songs, fingerplays & movement. 


Time for 2’s (24-36 months):
Children, along with a parent or caregiver, sing, dance, and hop; listen to stories; and practice their fine motor skills with a coloring sheet. 

Story Time (3-5 years):

A fun-filled 30-minute program with stories, songs, poems, and a short craft or coloring page. A new theme each week! Storytime is for children only. 


Paws to Read (1st-6th graders):
Sign up to read to a dog!  Specially trained friendly enjoy stories read by you!  Pre-registration required; students may sign up for 15 minute time slots.

Game Night (8-12 years):
Dare to be different. Challenge yourself, challenge your friends. Games change monthly.

Science Night (8-12 years):
From treasure hunting maps to building bridges, science makes it work. Join us for science night and see how things work! 

Knit Nite (9-18 years):
Learn to knit under the supervision of an experienced knitter. All supplies included!


Saturday Stories (All ages):
Stories, songs, and lots of fun! Join us every Saturday morning; parents and children attend this program together.


Spanish Storytime (All ages):
No Spanish necessary!


Family Story & Craft Night (All ages):
Get ready for bed with stories and songs at the library!


Lego Family Night (All ages):
Bring the whole family for an evening of creative play!

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Duncan Branch Library Storytimes - Calendar

Baby Time (0-12 months):
Songs, fingerplays and bounces aimed at babies under 1 year old with their adults. Lasts about 30 minutes with an opportunity to mingle with other adults afterwards.


Mother Goose Time (12-24 months):
Songs, fingerplays, bounces and one story read to children who are one year old and their adults. Lasts 30 minutes.


Stories and Songs (1-4 years):
Songs, fingerplays and two books read to a large group of children ages 1 to 4 years old and their adults. Lasts about 30 minutes.


Story Time (3-5 years):
Three stories/books and some active play aimed at 3 to 5 year old children who come in room without parent or caregiver.  After this part of program, lasting 30 minutes, adults are invited into room to help or admire children doing a simple craft. Lasts up to 60 minutes with craft project.


Paws to Read (1st-6th graders):
Sign up to practice your reading by reading  to a dog who is nonjudgemental. For children who are in grades 1-6 only. Please sign-up for a 15 minute slot.


Pajama Story Time (All ages):
Listen to stories, sing songs, and learn finger plays during this story time for families. Children can wear their pajamas so they are ready to be tucked into bed when they get home. 

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Burke Branch Library Storytimes - Calendar

Baby Rhythm & Rhyme Time (0-18 months):
Songs, movement and rhyme for babies.

Tuesday Tots (1-4 years):
Come bring your little one to a fun, educational storytime!  Songs, stories, and a simple game will be followed by a craft.  Different theme each week; see calendar. Tuesdays, 11am.

Pajama Party (3-7 years):
Come bring your child to a pre-bedtime storytime!  Songs, stories, and a quiet game will be followed by a craft.  Different theme each week; see calendar. Thursdays, 7pm. Pajamas optional.

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Barrett Branch Library Storytimes - Calendar

(Select one program per week to attend, No registration required.)

The Great Big Story Time:
The successor to our longtime series of summer programs at Fort Ward Park, this is a special summer program series of story times.  Stories are told with lots of props and plenty of audience participation. Creative moment and action games are always a part of these programs.


Read, Sing & Play, Baby (0-11 months, w/adult):
Read, Sing & Play Baby! Introduces parents and caregivers to rhymes, songs and games they can play with their babies anytime and anywhere. These games stimulate language development, physical development, and most of all encourage interaction between babies and their grownups. Each program includes an open playtime with toys and board books.


Mother Goose Time (12-24 months):
Mother Goose Time is a circle time for toddlers and their parents/caregivers. It includes songs, puppets, lap games, fingerplays and other activities to help with language development and early literacy skills.

Stories To Grow On (2 years & up):
Stories to Grow on is for children 2 and up, an age where they are beginning to be ready to participate in a group with an adult. Books are the heart of the program but stories are told with puppets and other media. There is plenty of action games and sometimes just free dancing to fun music! Younger brothers and sisters are welcome to come along to the program with their siblings.


Story Time (3 years & up):
Story Time is for children who are ready to participate in a group without a parent—adults remain outside the story room during the program. Stories are told in a variety of ways and there is an emphasis on participation, including creative movement. Each program ends with a short film or a simple craft designed to encourage fine motor skills and creative thinking.


Summer Quest Jr:
In addition to our Summer Quest reading game Summer Quest Junior offers a variety of special activities including musical performers, puppet shows, a “dance party” and “outdoor day” with special activities outside the Children’s Room.

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