Story Times are cancelled if the Wakefield Public Schools close or delay opening for bad weather.

Fall Story Times begin September 18 and go until October 26.

Lapsit Ages 3 – 12 Months: Tuesdays at 10:30 and Fridays at 9:30.

Toddlers Ages 1 & 2: Thursdays at 9:30 and 10:30.

Threes and Fours: Tuesdays at 9:30 and Fridays at 10:30.

Beebe Library intends to provide at least one age-appropriate story time session annually for every Wakefield child. To that end, the library offers five six-week Story Time sessions during the school year – Fall, Winter 1, Winter 2, Spring 1, and Spring 2. Meeting days and times rotate to give all residents the chance to attend at least one session per year.

Please plan to stay with your child during story time, as the interactions between adult and child are an important component of the experience.

Arrive early to fill out an admission ticket at the Youth Desk.

There will be no Story Times on legal holidays.

And don’t forget to log books into 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten where you earn books to help build your child’s home library.

Tuesdays at 10:30 and Fridays at 9:30. September 18 – October 26.

Caretakers participate actively with children in Mother Goose on the Loose Story Times. Children learn early literacy skills such as word play, vocabulary, and story structure through songs, finger plays, and nursery rhymes. Social skills such as making eye contact, bonding with others, and learning safety boundaries are also part of the MGOL curriculum. Play an active role so your children get all they can from these sessions.

The library admits twenty babies to each Lapsit story time. If the library routinely has to turn away participants, then preference will be given to Wakefield residents.

Please make arrangements for older children so you and your baby can enjoy this special time together.

Thursdays at 9:30 and 10:30. September 20 – October 25.

Caretakers participate actively with children in Mother Goose on the Loose Story Times. Children learn early literacy skills such as word play, vocabulary, and story structure through songs, finger plays, movement games, and nursery rhymes. Social skills such as making friends, bonding with a story time leader or other adults, and learning safety boundaries are also part of the MGOL curriculum. Play an active role so your children get all they can from these sessions.

The library admits thirty children to each Toddler story time. If the library routinely has to turn away participants, then preference will be given to Wakefield residents. Siblings are welcome.

Tuesdays at 9:30 and Fridays at 10:30. September 18 – October 26.

Caretakers participate actively with children in Mother Goose on the Loose Story Times. Children learn early literacy skills such as word play, vocabulary, and story structure through songs, rhymes, crafts, and movement games. Social skills such as making friends, bonding with a story time leader or other adults, and respecting personal space are also part of the MGOL curriculum. Play an active role so your children get all they can from these sessions.

The library admits twenty children to each Threes and Fours story time. If the library routinely has to turn away participants, then preference will be given to Wakefield residents. Siblings are welcome.

Each week, story time librarians focus on one of the “Six Smart Start Skills” for early literacy. These six skills are:

Print Motivation
Learning to love books and stories. Showing children that reading and books are important.

Print awareness
Noticing print, words, and signage. Discovering how books open and close. Following the written word across the page from left to right and top to bottom.

Phonological Awareness
Learning that letters have different sounds. Playing with the smaller sounds within words.

Vocabulary
Increasing the repertoire of words by naming objects.

Narrative skills
Telling stories, sequencing, describing things.

Letter knowledge
Identifying letters. Knowing each letter has a unique name, and has a sound.

We highly encourage you to practice these six skills at home!

Please refrain from recording image or sound during library programs and story times. This not only distracts participants, but also may violate the wishes of others whom you did not intend to record or photograph.

Beebe Library is a social, public facility. While the staff strives to maintain a clean environment, public places carry the risk of germs. If your child has a cough, cold, or other communicable ailment, please consider postponing your visit as a matter of public health.