We’re lucky to have kid-centric cafes, indoor play gyms and preschools and playgroups to get us through the long, wet days of winter. But, just like when we were kids, few other activities are as comforting as sitting crisscross applesauce and listening to good books read out loud. That’s why we’ve put together a handy-dandy list of local library and bookstore story times (organized by the day of the week) that you’ll want to bookmark now! 

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Seattle

Monday
Lake City: Family Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
Capitol Hill: Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Central: Spanish Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Ballard: Baby Story Time, noon-12:30 p.m. & 12:45 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
High Point: Family Story Time, 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Green Lake: Baby Story Time, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Queen Anne: Pajama Story Time, 6:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
UniversityMandarin Chinese Story Time, 6:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m.

Tuesday
Northeast: Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Douglass-Truth: Toddler Story Time with Ms. Mynique, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
West Seattle: Toddler Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Beacon Hill: Toddler Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Southwest: Baby Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Northgate: Spanish Story Time, 11:30 a.m.-noon
Central: Baby Story Time, noon-12:30 p.m.
Broadview: Waddler Story Time, noon-1 p.m.
Douglass-Truth: Baby Story Time with Ms. Lynn, 1 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
South Park: Spanish Family Story Time, 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
NewHolly: Somali Story Time, 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
University: Pajama Story Time, 6:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Delridge: Family Story Time, 7 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

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photo: Franklin Park Library via flickr 

Wednesday
Greenwood: Toddler Story Time, 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Douglass-Truth: Children’s Story Time with Ms. Lynn, 10 30 a.m..-11 a.m.
West Seattle: Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Southwest: Toddler Story Time, 10: 30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Central: Toddler Story Time, 10: 30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Columbia: Preschool Story Time, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Montlake: Family Story Time, 11:05 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
University: Preschool Story Time, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Greenwood: Family Story Time, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
South Park: Preschool Story Time, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
University: Preschool Story Time, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Freemont: Family Story Time, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Greenlake: Toddler Story Time, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Magnolia: Toddler Story Time, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. & noon-12:30 p.m.
High Point: Baby Story Time, 11:30 a.m.-noon
Northeast: Baby Story Time, 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.
Douglass-Truth: Baby Story Time with Ms. Mynique, 1 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
Beacon Hill: Baby Story Time, 1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
High Point: Somali Story Time, 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Lake City: Spanish Story Time, 6 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Beacon Hill: Family Story Time, 6:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m.

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 photo: arrathoonlaa@att.net via flickr

Thursday
Northeast: Toddler Story Time: 10:15 a.m.-10:35 a.m.
Northgate: Toddler Story Time, 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Douglass-Truth: Children’s Story Time with Ms. Mynique, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Greenwood: Family Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Southwest: Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Beacon Hill: Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Central: Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Madrona-Sally Goldmark: Family Story Time, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
NewHolly: Family Story Time, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Northgate: Preschool Story Time, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Northeast: Toddler Story Time, 11:15 a.m.-11:35 a.m.
High Point: Todder Story Time, 11:30 a.m.-noon
Greenwood: Baby Story Time, noon-12:30 p.m.
Columbia: Baby Story Time, 1 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
Broadview: Afternoon Story Time & Craft, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Lake CitySetsubun Story Time and Family Fun Night, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

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photo: familymwr via flickr

Friday
Greenwood: Spanish Family Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Northgate: Toddler Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Lake City: Mandarin Chinese Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Rainier Beach: Somali Story Time, 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Saturday
Columbia: Toddler Story Time, 10:15 a.m.-11 a.m.
Northgate: Baby Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m
Central: Family Story Time, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Magnolia: Family Story Time, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Delridge: Vietnamese Story Time, 11:30 a.m.-noon
Columbia: Spanish Story Time, noon-12:30 p.m.
Columbia: Vietnamese Story Time, 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
International District/ChinatownMandarin Chinese Story Time, 1:30 p.m.-2 p.m.

Also check out:
Elliott Bay Book Company: Every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. & Saturday at 11 a.m.
Frye Art Museum: Every First Friday, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. (ages 3-5)
Mockingbird Books: Daily (except Sunday), 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (ages 0-6)
Tugboat Story Time: Every Second & Fourth Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (ages 1-8)
Reading with Rover: Various dates and locations; check their online calendar
Soundbridge Musical Story Time: Every Friday, 10:30 a.m. (ages 2-5)
University Book Store: Tuesdays & Saturdays at University District; Wednesdays at Mill Creek

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photo: Daniel Lobo via flickr 

Eastside

The King County Library System offers a variety of story times and programs designed to foster an early and ongoing love of books, libraries, and learning. Check their website for daily schedules including infant, young toddler, toddler, preschool, family, and world languages story times.

Also check out:
Barnes & Noble – Bellevue: Saturdays at 11 a.m.
Island Books PJ Story Time: Monthly Family Story Time at 6:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month; Weekly Storybook Corner at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays
University Bookstore – Bellevue: Mondays & Thursdays (check the online calendar)

Psst… Be sure to call or check online before you head out the door since dates and times can shift seasonally.

Don’t see your favorite story time? Post in the Comments and we’ll add it to our list.

— Kristina Moy & Sara Billups