Storytimes & Programs for Birth to Preschool

OCPL encourages developing early literacy skills right from birth with regular storytimes for children ages 5 and under and their caregivers. All programs introduce books, reading, and language through age-appropriate stories, songs, rhymes, and movement. Designed to create a foundation of reading readiness, our early literacy programs help children develop a joy for learning language and enjoying books. Parents and caregivers learn fun ways to help build the early literacy skills children need to become successful readers.

Let's get Every Child Ready to Read @ your library!

​Please note: Storytimes will take a short break November 25-29.

Small Wonders
Toddler Time
Time for Twos
Special Needs Storytime
Pumpkin Party


A new Storytime for families of children with special needs. Stories, finger rhymes, singing, music, sharing, and sensory play.
Registration is required.
Jacksonville: Sep 15, Oct 20 & Nov 17; 2pm
Richlands: Sep 13, Oct 11 & Nov 8; 10:30am


Put on your dancing shoes and join us for music and movement as we sing, shake and bebop the morning away!
Jacksonville (0-2): Sep 13, Oct 11 & Nov 8; 9:30am
Jacksonville (3-5): Sep 13, Oct 11 & Nov 8; 10:30am
Richlands (0-5): Sep 6, Oct 4 & Nov 1; 10:30am
Sneads Ferry (0-5): Sep 27, Oct 25 & Nov 22; 10:30 am
Swansboro (0- 5): Sep 6, Oct 4 & Nov 1; 10am


Toddlers and Preschoolers arrr invited to swash their buckles at a special story time adventure to celebrate ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’.
Sneads Ferry: Sep 19; 10:30am


Little Pumpkin people (toddlers and preschoolers) are invited for some spooky shenanigans to celebrate Halloween. Little tricksters will enjoy some fall themed stories, games and activities. Costumes are encouraged.
Richlands: Oct 31; 10:30am
Sneads Ferry: Oct 31; 10:30am

S.P.L.A.T. (3 - 5 years)

Learn about the world of Science, Play, Language, Art and Technology with fun experiments, arts and crafts activities, and more as we discover awesome books!
Jacksonville: Sep 6, Oct 4 & Nov 1; 10:30am


Play is the “work” of early childhood, and there is nothing your baby or toddler would rather do than play with you. Come explore, play, and learn with your little one, and discover how simple learning through play can be!
Jacksonville: Oct 18 & Nov 15; 10:30am