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.

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​Please note: Storytimes will take a short break December 22 - January 4.

Small Wonders
Toddler Time
Time for Twos

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 13, Apr 3 & May 8; (ages 0-2) 9:30am (ages 3-5) 10:30am
Richlands (ages 0-5): Mar 6, Apr 3 & May 1; 10:30am
Swansboro (ages 0- 5): Mar 6, Apr 3 & May 1; 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: Mar 27, Apr 24 & May 22; 10:30am
Richlands: Mar 13 & May 8; 10am

Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to join us to meet friends and have FUN!
Sneads Ferry: Mar 27, Apr 24 & May 22; 10:30am

Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to a special storytime celebrating Easter! Please bring a container for egg hunting. All Storytime groups will meet together.
Sneads Ferry: Apr 9; 10:30am
Richlands: Apr 9; 10:30-12:30pm

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: May 1; 10:30am