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!

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: Dec 14, Jan 11 & Feb 8 ; 10:30am
Richlands: Dec 7 & Feb 1 ; 10:30am
Sneads Ferry: Jan 25 & Feb 22 ; 10:30am
Swansboro: Dec 7 & Feb 1 ; 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: Dec 21; 10:30am
Richlands: Dec 14, Jan 11 & Feb 8; 10:30am
Sneads Ferry: Jan 5; 10am


Shop at the Richlands Library Grocery Play Store, put on your own puppet show, play with games, puzzles, storyboards, and meet other families! SmartPlay encourages discovery, creativity and the development of early literacy skills
Richlands: Dec 21 (Pajama Party); 10:30am-12:30pm


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: Jan 25 & Feb 22; 10:30am
Noon Years Eve Dance Party
Small Wonders
Toddler Time
Time for Twos

Weekly storytimes will be on break December 24 - January 4
as staff prepare for upcoming programs in January and February.