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Book ‘Em: Drop-in Story Times for Every Day of the Week

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
Rainier Beach: Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
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: ¡Hora de cuentos! 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 p.m.
Queen Anne: Pajama Story Time, 6:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m.

Tuesday
Northeast: Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Broadview: Toddler Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Douglass-Truth: Toddler Story Time, 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, 11:30 a.m.-noon
Central: Baby Story Time, noon-12:30 p.m.
Greenwood: Baby Story Time, noon-12:30 p.m.
Douglass-Truth: Baby Story Time, 1 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
South Park: ¡Hora de cuentos! Spanish Family Story Time, 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
NewHolly: Wakhtiyo Sheeko oo Soomali ah (Somali Story Time), 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
University: Pajama Story Time, 6:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Ballard: Pajama Story Time, 6:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Delridge: Family Story Time, 7 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

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photo: Franklin Park Library via Flickr 

Wednesday
Northgate: Toddler Story Time, 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Douglass-Truth: Children’s Story Time, 10 30 a.m..-11 a.m.
Ballard: Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m; Toddler Story Time, 11:30 a.m.-11:50 a.m.
West Seattle: Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Greenwood: Toddler Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Capitol Hill: Toddler Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Southwest: Toddler Story Time, 10: 30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Central: Toddler Story Time, 10: 30 a.m.-11 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.
Green Lake: Family Story Time, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
South Park: Toddler Story Time, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Freemont: Family Storytime, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
High Point: Baby Story Time, 11:30 a.m.-noon
Northgate: Baby Story Time, 11:30 a.m.-noon
Ballard: Toddler Story Time, 11:30 a.m.-noon
Northeast: Baby Story Time, 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.
Douglass-Truth: Baby Story Time, 1 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
Lake City: Wakhtiyo Sheeko oo Soomali ah (Somali Story Time)4 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
High Point: Wakhtiyo Sheeko oo Soomali ah (Somali Story Time), 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Lake City: ¡Hora de cuentos! Spanish Family Story Time, 6:30 p.m.-7 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.
Greenwood: Family Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Broadview: Family Story Time & Crafts, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 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.
Queen Anne: Family Story Time, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Wallingford: Family Story Time, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Magnolia: 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
Broadview: Baby Story Time, noon-1 p.m.

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photo: familymwr via Flickr

Friday
Capitol Hill: American Sign Language Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Lake City: Mandarin Chinese Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Rainier Beach: Toddler Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Greenwood: ¡Hora de cuentos! Spanish Family Storytime, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Rainier Beach: Wakhtiyo Sheeko oo Soomali ah (Somali Story Time), 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Saturday
Ballard: Sensory Story Time, 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Delridge: Vietnamese Story Time, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Columbia: Vietnamese Story Time, 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Also check out:
Elliott Bay Book Company: Saturday, 11 a.m.
Frye Art Museum: Every First Friday, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. (children ages 3-5)
Mockingbird Books: Daily (except Sunday), 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Tugboat Storytime: Every Second and Fourth Thursday, 11 a.m.-noon
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: Saturday, 11 a.m.
Island Books PJ Story Time: Every First Saturday, 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m. (children 3 and older)
University Bookstore – Bellevue & Renton: Thursday, 11 a.m.

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 a comment and we’ll add it to our list.

— Kristina Moy & Sara Billups