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

Laptime
Small Wonders
Toddler Time
Time for Twos
Preschool

NEW SPECIAL NEEDS FAMILY STORYTIME!
A new Storytime for families of children with special needs. Stories, finger rhymes, singing, music, sharing, and sensory play. Registration is required.
Jacksonville: Dec 15, Jan 19 & Feb 16; 2pm
Richlands: Dec 13, Jan 10 & Feb 14; 10:30am

PJ STORYTIME (Birth to 5 years)
Children are encouraged to wear jammies to storytimes this week!
All Branches: Week of Dec 16

STORYTIME WITH SANTA
Toddlers and Preschoolers are invited to a special storytime event, featuring milk & cookies, games, crafts and activities with a holiday theme. A well-known holiday guest will be available for wish list discussions and photo opportunities. All storytime groups will meet together.
Sneads Ferry: Dec 12; 10:30am

S.P.L.A.T.
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: Feb 7; 10:30am

HOW DO I LOVE THEE?
Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to a special storytime for Valentine’s Day! Enjoy stories, games and special treats all focused on celebrating the love we have for one another. Hugs and kisses are sure to abound. All storytime groups will meet together.
Sneads Ferry: Feb 13; 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 (0-2): Dec 13, Jan 10 & Feb 14; 9:30am
Jacksonville (3-5): Dec 13, Jan 10 & Feb 14; 10:30am
Richlands (0-5): Dec 6 & Feb 7; 10:30am
Swansboro (0-5): Dec 6 & Feb 7; 10am

GROW LEARN DISCOVER PLAYDAY
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: Dec 20, Jan 17 & Feb 28; 10:30am

WIGGLE, GIGGLE TIME
Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to join us to meet friends and have FUN!
Sneads Ferry: Jan 17 (Playday); 10:30am; Feb 28 (Dance Party); 10:30am