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!
Register for Summer Reading 2021 - Reading Colors Your World
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SUMMER READING KICKOFF PARTY!

Get ready to ROCK OUT with Big, Bang, Boom! Register for Summer Reading, explore community resources and more during a couple hours of family fun! Head out to the Onslow Pines Park and enjoy music and fun as we kickoff the 2021 Reading Colors Your World Summer Reading Program.
Onslow Pines Park: Jun 5; 11am-1pm

STORYTIMES

Introduce books, reading, and language through stories, songs, rhymes, and movement. Come learn fun ways to help build the early literacy skills children need to become successful readers! This summer, to promote safe programming and social distancing, story times will be held outdoors at each branch---weather permitting, no rain dates. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

FAMILY STORYTIMES (OUTDOORS)

Jacksonville: Every Tues; 9:30am
Richlands: Every Thurs; 10:30am
Sneads Ferry: Every Tues; 10:30am
Swansboro: Every Tues; 9:30am

PRE-SCHOOL (3-5 YEARS)

COLOR MY WORLD TAKE HOME ACTIVITIES
Sign up at the Swansboro Branch for a weekly Summer Reading Theme Activity Packet. Each week of summer reading is a new color theme and at the end of the 8 weeks, each child who participates will get a pencil box filled with school supplies. Swansboro: Sign up by Jun 1

SUMMER READING WRAP UP PARTY!

Wrap up Summer Reading with a concert! Three Rivers Band will be putting on a fantastic bluegrass concert. Come on out to the Sneads Ferry Branch Library for music, popcorn, and a great time!
Sneads Ferry: Jul 30; 6pm