We’re lucky to have kid-centric cafes, indoor play gyms and play groups 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 this handy-dandy list of local library and bookstore story times (organized by the day of the week) that you’ll want to bookmark now! Read on for the deets.

photo: Green Bean Books

Seattle

Monday
Rainier Beach: Children’s Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m.
Lake City: Family Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Capitol Hill: Children’s 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: Family 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.
West Seattle: Toddler Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Broadview: Family Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 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, 1 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
Lake City: Spanish Story Time, 6 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Columbia: Family Story Time, 6:15 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
South Park: Spanish Family Story Time, 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
University: Family Story Time, 6:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Ballard: Family Story Time, 6:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Delridge: Family Story Time, 7 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

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, 10 30 a.m..-11 a.m.
Ballard: Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Southwest: Family Story Time, 10: 30 a.m.-11 a.m.
West Seattle: Preschool Story Time & Author Visit, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Central: Toddler Story Time, 10: 30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Capitol Hill: Toddler Story Time, 10: 30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Fremont: Family Story Time, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Columbia: Preschool Story Time, 11 a.m.-11:30 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.
Magnolia: Toddler Story Time, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. & noon-12:30 p.m.
South Park: Preschool Story Time, 11:15 a.m.-12:45 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.
High Point: Baby Story Time, 11:30 a.m.-noon
Ballard: Toddler Story Time, 11:30 a.m.-11:50 a.m.
Magnolia: Waddler Story Time, noon-12:30 p.m.
Northeast: Baby Story Time, 12:30 p.m.-1 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.-10:45 a.m.
Northgate: Toddler Story Time, 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Southwest: Family Story Time, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Greenwood: Family 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.
Beacon Hill: Mandarin Chinese Story Time, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Madrona/Sally Goldmark Branch: Children’s Story Time, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Queen Anne: Family Story Time, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Broadview: Little Makers Story Time, 11 a.m.-noon
Northgate: Preschool Story Time, 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
NewHolly: Family Story Time, 11 a.m.-11:30 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.
Lake City: Pajama Story Time & Family Fun Night, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

photo: University Bookstore

Friday
Northgate: Baby Story Time & Play Time, 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Lake City: Mandarin Chinese Story Time, 11:30 a.m.-noon
Rainier Beach: Somali Story Time, 5 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Saturday
Northgate: Family Story Time & Play Time, 10:15. a.m.-10:45 a.m
International District/ChinatownMandarin Chinese Story Time, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Delridge: Vietnamese Story Time, 11:30 a.m.-noon
Beacon Hill: Spanish Story Time, 2 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Lake City: Somali Story Time, 4 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Also check out:
Elliott Bay Book Company: PJ Story Time & Song every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. & Children’s Story Time (ages 2 & up) every Saturday at 11 a.m.
Frye Art Museum: Storytelling & Art every First Friday, 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. (ages 3-5)
Tugboat Story Time: Every Second & Fourth Thursday, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (ages 1-8). $2 suggested donation.
Reading with Rover: Various dates and locations; check their online calendar
University Book Store: Tuesdays at University District; Wednesdays at Mill Creek

photo: Reading with Rover 

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: Weekly Storybook Corner on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Monthly Family Story Time on the first Saturday on the month at 6 p.m.
University Bookstore – Bellevue: Thursdays at 11 a.m. (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.

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

— Kristina Moy & Sara Billups

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