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!


Children (birth to 5) are encouraged to attend this special story time event with their favorite stuffed friend. We will enjoy stories, games, activities and crafts followed by a parade around the library.
Sneads Ferry: March 28; 10:30am


To celebrate Children’s Book Week, children ages birth to 5 are invited to a special Cinco de Mayo story time event. Our young patrons and their caregivers can look forward to stories, games and activities with Mexican flavor.
Sneads Ferry: May 9; 10:30am

DANCE PARTY! (Birth - 5 years)

Put on your dancing shoes and join us for music and movement as we sing, shake and be-bop the morning away!
Jacksonville: Mar 8, Apr 12 & May 10; 10:30am
Richlands: Mar 1, Apr 5 & May 3; 10:30am
Sneads Ferry: Feb 22, Mar 22, Apr 26 & May 24; 10:30am
Swansboro: Mar 1, Apr 5 & May 3; 10am

SPLAT (3 - 5 years)

Learn about the world of Science, Play, Language, Art and Technology with fun experiments, arts and craft activities, and more as we discover awesome books!
Jacksonville: Mar 15; 10:30am
Sneads Ferry: May 4; 10am


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: Feb 22, Mar 22, Apr 26 & May 24; 10:30am
March of the Stuffed Animals
Dragons Love Tacos
Dancy Party
Grow Learn Discover Playdays
Small Wonders
Toddler Time
Time for Twos