Bay Area Storytime Roundup

It’s the middle of winter, which means finding a fun indoor activity for the little ones is  always a top priority. Feed their appetite for a good story and get the kiddos reading at an early age by bringing them to the library for a reading.

We’ve compiled a comprehensive list to get you started from readings at the main branches in your city, as well as story time details at the smaller branches in your own neighborhood. Share the love and let us know in the comment section below where your favorite spot for story time is.

San Francisco

San Francisco Main Library: 415-557-4400; Saturday: Family Storytime, 11:00-11:30; Monday and Wednesday: Toddler Tales, 10:30-11:00; Thursday: Baby Rhyme Time, 3:30-4:00

Monday
Marina: Toddler Tales, 10:15-10:45; Baby Rhyme Time, 11:00-11:30

Tuesday
Noe Valley: Storytime for ages 0-3, 10:15-10:45 and 11:00-11:30; Marina: Preschool Storytime, 10:15-10:45; Richmond: Toddler Tales 10:15-10:45 and Preschool Storytime, 11:00-11:30; Bernal Heights: Family Storytime, 10:15-11:15; Parkside: Preschool Storytime, 10:00-10:30; Ingleside: Family Storytime, 11:00-11:30  Sunset: Baby Rhyme Time and Playtime, 11:00-11:30, Ocean View: Preschool Storytime, 11:15-12:15

Wednesday
Richmond: Baby Rhyme Time and Playtime, 3:30-4:30; Bernal Heights: Baby Rhyme Time and Playtime, 1:15-2:15; Ingleside: Storytime for ages 0-5, 4:30-5:00

Thursday
Chinatown: Baby Rhymes and Playtimes, 11:00-12:00; North Beach: Preschool Storytime, 11:00-11:30 and Family Storytime, 10:15-10:45.  All storytimes take place at the Joe DiMaggio Playground Clubhouse at 661 Lombard.

Saturday
Chinatown: Family Storytime, 10:30-11:30; Richmond: Family Storytime, 11:00-11:30; Parkside: Family Storytime, 10:00-10:30.  Let’s Go Chipper: Storytime at REI on Brannan St. March 26th.

Previous renovations for branches: Golden Gate Valley, Presidio, Anza, Merced and Ortega have since been completed and are open regular hours.

Also check out:

Sprout: Monday, 4:00-4:30

Seesaw: Toddler Story Time, Thursday, 10:00-10:30

Bookshop West Portal:  Wednesday Morning Story Time with Sonia, Wednesday, 10:30-11:30

The Village Well: Friday, 9:30-10:00

California Academy of Sciences: Thursday & Saturday, 11:00-12:00

Paxton’s Gate Curiosity for Kids: Thursday, 11:00-12:00

East Bay

Oakland Main Library: (510) 238.3615   Saturday: Toddler Storytime and Playtime, 10:30-11:30; Monday: Preschool Storytime, 10:30-11:00

Wednesday
Rockridge: Preschool Storytime, 10:30-11:00 (downstairs) and Baby and Toddler Storytime, (both 1st and 3rd Wed. of every month), upstairs. Piedmont Ave.: Baby Storytime, 10:15-10:45, and Preschool Storytime, 11:00-11:30; Lakeview: Baby and Toddler Storytime 10:30-11:00, Berkeley Main Library: Baby Bounce, 10:15, and Toddler Time, 11:00 (resumes January 19, 2011)

Thursday
Montclair: Toddler Storytime, 10:15-10:45

North Berkeley: Picture Book Time, 11:00-11:30

Saturday
Rockridge: Family Storytime, 10:30, Lakeview: Family Storytime 10:30-11:00

Berkeley Main Library: (510) 981.6223: Family Storytime 10:30 (resumes Jan 19, 2011)

Let’s Go Chipper: Storytime at REI on San Pablo Ave. March 26th 2:00-3:30

Monday
North Berkeley: Baby Bounce and Toddler Time, 10:15-10:35 (no storytime on January 17, 2011)

Tuesday
North Berkeley: Toddler Time, 10:15-10:35

Wednesday
Berkeley Central Library: Baby Bounce/Toddler Time, 10:15 and 11:00.

Saturday
Berkeley Central Library: Family Storytime, 10:30-11:00.

CONTRA COSTA LIBRARIES

Thursday
El Cerrito: Storytime for Babies and Toddlers, 10:30-11:00, Kensington: Baby and Toddler Storytime, 10:15 and 11:15.

Also check out:

Studio Grow: Monday – Friday: 10:15-11:00

Peninsula

San Mateo County Library:

Monday
Atherton: Preschool Storytime, 12:30, Belmont: Babies and Books, 10:30

Tuesday
Burlingame: Preschool Storytime, 10:30; Atherton: Toddler Storytime, 10:30; Belmont: Family Musical Storytime, 10:30

Wednesday
Burlingame: Toddler Storytime, 10:30; San Bruno: Baby Storytime, 11:15-11:45

Thursday
San Bruno: Toddler Storytime, 10:30, and Itsy-Bitsy Storytime, (18 mos.-3), 11:15; Belmont: Toddler Storytime, 10:30

Friday
San Bruno: Just Baby and Me Storytime, 10:30, first Friday of the month only; San Mateo City: Books, Babies, and Rhymes, (0-23 mos.) 11:15, and Toddler Storytime, noon; Belmont: Preschool Storytime, 10:30

Saturday
San Mateo City: Story and Rhyme Time, (0-3), 11:15

Marin

Tuesday
San Rafael: Afternoon Storytime for ages 3-6, 3:30-4:00, Novato: Lapsit, 18-36 mos., 10:00; Belvedere/Tiburon: Toddler Storytime, 11:00 and Preschool Storytime, 4:00 (resumes February 1 2011.) Please call 415.789.BOOK to register. Fairfax: Storytime, 10:30-11:30, Larkspur: Baby Bounce, 9:30-10:00, resumes January 11, 2011

Wednesday
San Rafael Civic Center: Toddler Storytime 10:00-10:30, and Preschool Storytime 11:00-11:30; Sausalito: Toddler Time, 9:40 (610 Coloma St.); Novato: Lapsit 10:00 and Preschool Storytime 11:00, Corte Madera: Toddler Storytime, 10:00-10:30 and Preschool Storytime 11:00-11:30, Mill Valley: Preschool Storytime 10:30-11:00 and 11:30-noon  San Rafael: Toddler Storytime, 0-3, 10:30-11:00

Thursday
Larkspur: Preschool Storytime 9:30-10:00; Novato: Mother Goose on the Loose, 10:00, Mill Valley: Toddler Storytime 10:15-10:45 and Lapsit 11:15-11:45; San Rafael: Toddler Storytime, 10:15-10:45; Sausalito: Storytime with Phil, 3:30-4:00 (City Council Chambers)

Friday
San Rafael: Baby Time, 10:30-11:00, Larkspur: Afternoon Storytime for ages 4 and up, 3:30-4:00

Saturday
Novato: Preschool Storytime, 11:00; Mill Valley: Family Storytime 11:00-11:30, Fairfax: Preschool Storytime 11:00-11:30, Let’s Go Chipper: Storytime at REI April 2nd 10:30-12:00.

Also check out:

Bookmobile: Marin County Free Library @ Civic Center Farmer’s Market, Thursdays, 11:00-12:00

Novato Pharmaca Kids Storytime Club: Mondays, 10:00-10:30

—Annie Sheldon

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