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 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
Marina: Toddler Tales, 10:15-10:45; Baby Rhyme Time, 11:00-11:30
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
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.
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
Oakland Main Library: (510) 238.3615 Saturday: Toddler Storytime and Playtime, 10:30-11:30; Monday: Preschool Storytime, 10:30-11:00
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)
Montclair: Toddler Storytime, 10:15-10:45
North Berkeley: Picture Book Time, 11:00-11:30
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
North Berkeley: Baby Bounce and Toddler Time, 10:15-10:35 (no storytime on January 17, 2011)
North Berkeley: Toddler Time, 10:15-10:35
Berkeley Central Library: Baby Bounce/Toddler Time, 10:15 and 11:00.
Berkeley Central Library: Family Storytime, 10:30-11:00.
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Also check out:
Studio Grow: Monday – Friday: 10:15-11:00
Burlingame: Toddler Storytime, 10:30; San Bruno: Baby Storytime, 11:15-11:45
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
San Mateo City: Story and Rhyme Time, (0-3), 11:15
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
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
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)
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
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