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Your Guide to Seattle’s Best Drop-In Story Times

In Seattle, we 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 storytimes organized by the day of the week. Psst… Be sure to call or check online before you head out the door since dates and times can shift seasonally.

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Seattle

Monday
Rainier Beach: Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Lake City: Family Storytime, 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
Capitol Hill: Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Seattle Central Library: ¡Hora de cuentos! Spanish Storytime, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Ballard: Baby Storytime, 12 p.m.-12:25 p.m. & 12:45 p.m.-1:10 p.m.
High Point: Family Storytime, 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Green Lake: Baby Storytime, 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Queen Anne: Pajama Storytime, 6:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m.

Tuesday
Northeast: Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Broadview: Toddler Storytime, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Douglass-Truth: Toddler Storytime, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
West Seattle: Toddler Storytime, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Beacon Hill: Toddler Storytime, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Southwest: Baby Storytime, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Seattle Central Library: Baby Storytime, 12 p.m.-12:30 p.m.
Greenwood: Baby Storytime, 12 p.m.-12:30 p.m.
Columbia: Baby Storytime, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
Douglass-Truth: Baby Storytime, 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
South Park: ¡Hora de cuentos! Spanish Family Storytime, 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
University: Pajama Storytime, 6:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Ballard: Pajama Storytime, 6:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Delridge: Family Storytime, 7 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

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Wednesday
Douglass-Truth: Children’s Storytime, 10 30 a.m..-11 a.m.
Ballard: Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m; Toddler Storytime, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
West Seattle: Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Greenwood: Toddler Storytime, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Capitol Hill: Toddler Storytime, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Southwest: Toddler Storytime, 10: 30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Freemont: Family Storytime, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Montlake: Preschool Storytime, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Columbia: Preschool Storytime, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
South Park: ¡Hora de Cuentos! Bilingual Preschool Storytime, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Magnolia: Baby Storytime, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Green Lake: Family Storytime, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Northgate: Baby Storytime, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
High Point: Baby Storytime, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Southwest: Toddler Storytime, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Ballard: Toddler Storytime, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Douglass-Truth: Baby Storytime, 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Beacon Hill: Baby Storytime, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Lake City: ¡Hora de cuentos! Spanish Family Storytime, 4:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
High Point: Wakhtiyo Sheeko oo Soomali ah – Somali Storytime, 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m
Beacon Hill: Family Storytime, 6:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m.

Thursday
Douglass-Truth: Children’s Storytime, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Greenwood: Family Storytime, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Northgate: Family Storytime, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Broadview: Family Storytime & Crafts, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Beacon Hill: Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Madrona-Sally Goldmark: Children’s Storytime, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Queen Anne: Family Storytime, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
NewHolly: Family Storytime, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Southwest: Preschool Storytime, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Magnolia: Toddler Storytime, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Broadview: Baby Storytime, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
High Point: Toddler Storytime, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Lake City: Pajama Storytime, 6:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m.

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Friday
Lake City: Mandarin Chinese Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.; Baby Storytime, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m
Greenwood: ¡Hora de cuentos! Spanish Family Storytime, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Rainier Beach: Toddler Storytime, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.; Somali Storytime, 4:30 p.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday
Delridge: Vietnamese Storytime, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
International District-Chinatown: Mandarin Storytime, 1:30 p.m.- 2 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: Monday thru Saturday, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Tugboat Storytime: Every Second and Fourth Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-12 p.m.
University Book Store: Tuesday & Saturday, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (various locations)

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Eastside

The King Library System offers a variety of storytimes 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 storytimes.

Also check out:
Barnes & Noble – Bellevue: Saturday, 11 a.m.
Island Books PJ Storytime: Every First Saturday, 6:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m. (children 3 and older)
University Bookstore – Bellevue & Renton: Thursday, 11 a.m.

See your favorite storytime missing? Post a comment and we’ll add it to our list.

– Sara Billups

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