Story Times!

Story times for the Spring 1 Session take place March 7 – April 18, 2020.  Please note that meeting dates and times change with each six-week session.

The library offers story times on a limited, drop-in basis.  No pre-registration is necessary.  Just bring your child to one of the age-appropriate story times offered each week. Arrive a little early to fill out your ticket at the Youth Desk.

For more details, click on the age group below.

Lapsit.     Ages 3-12 months. No older siblings, please.  Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30.

Toddler  Ages 1 and 2, siblings welcome.  Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:30.  (The March 25 program will take place in the Program Room instead of the Lecture Hall.)

 Threes and Fours. Ages 3 and 4, siblings welcome.  Mondays at 10:30, Fridays at 9:30.

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.