Preschool Story Times and Activities! 

Enjoy library activities for children ages five and under, including Kidstock, live interactive theater for children, and Peter Sheridan concerts, and story times!  See our events calendars for June, July, and August 2019!

Infant Playground. Ages 3-12 months. Fridays, June 28 and July 26 at 9:30.  Enjoy this indoor social gathering. Foam crawling structures, sensory toys, and … other kids! No older siblings, please.  Drop in for a great time!

ToddlersAges 1 and 2, siblings welcome: Thursdays at 9:30, July 11-August 15. Drop in.

Preschoolers.  Ages 3-5, siblings welcome: Mondays at 9:30, June 24-August 12.  Drop in.

Kidstock participatory theater visits twice this summer, Wednesdays, July 17 and August 7 at 10:30. Bring the kids to watch or volunteer as the actors draft children into the performances!  Drop in.  No registration is required.

Sing Along with Peter Sheridan takes place for two more summer concerts, Wednesdays, July 24  and August 14 at 9:30.  Wakefield residents can pick up free tickets at the Youth Desk up to a week before the performances.  Non-residents can pick up tickets the day of the concerts. Please, no strollers so we can have room for dancing!

Circle of Songs with Hugh Hanley takes place on Friday, August 16 at 10:30 for children ages 5 and under.  Join Hugh for songs, nursery rhymes, and fingerplays.  Drop In.

But Wait, There’s MORE..!

Play BINGO this summer for prizes.
Children entering Kindergarten and younger are invited to participate in our Universe of Stories Preschool Summer Reading Program!  Pick up your BINGO sheet at the library.  Complete five activities in a row and collect a prize for each BINGO you complete.  There is a limit of three BINGOS  you can collect per visit.  If you complete all the activities on the sheet, you receive a “blackout” prize, which is a little bigger than the average BINGO prize.

Happy Summer!

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.

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.

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