Slogging through a rainy season in the Pacific Northwest with a little one ready to get out of the house isn’t easy. Luckily, Seattle-area libraries and bookstores offer interactive, educational and (even better) free storytimes every day of the week.

Seattle’s Central Library storytimes times are listed below, followed by Seattle and select Eastside branches organized by the day of the week. See your favorite storytime missing? Post a comment and we’ll be sure to add it to the list.


Seattle Central Library (206) 386-4636; Monday: ¡Hora de cuentos! Spanish Storytime, 10:30-11:00 and Baby Storytime, 12:00-12:30; Wednesday: Toddler Storytime, 10:30-11:00; Thursday: Preschool Storytime, 10:30-11:00; Friday: Mandarin Chinese Storytime, 10:30-11:00; Saturday: Family Storytime, 11:00-11:30

Capitol Hill: Preschool Storytime, 10:30-11:00; Lake City: Family Storytime, 10:30-11:15 and 4:00-4:45; NewHolly: Baby Storytime, 1:30-2:00; Queen Anne: Pajama Storytime, 6:45-7:15; High Point: Family Storytime, 7:00-7:30

Beacon Hill: Toddler Storytime, 10:30-11:00; West Seattle: Baby Storytime, 10:30-11:30; Douglass-Truth: Children’s Storytime, 10:30-11:00; Northeast: Preschool Storytime, 10:30-11:00; Ballard: Baby Storytime, 10:30-11:30; Southwest: Baby Storytime, 11:30-12:00; Broadview: Hora de cuentos / Bilingual Family Storytime, 12:00-12:30 and Toddler Storytime, 2:00-2:30; Rainier Beach: Toddler Storytime, 1:30-2:00

Beacon Hill: Bilingual Kaleidoscope Play & Learn, 10:00-11:30 and Family Storytime,  6:45-7:15; Ballard: Preschool Storytime, 10:30-11:00 and Toddler Storytime, 11:30-11:50; Broadview: Kaleidoscope Play & Learn, 10:30-11:30; Capitol Hill: Toddler Storytime, 10:30-11:00; West Seattle: Preschool Storytime, 10:30-11:30; Magnolia: Toddler Storytime, 11:00-11:30 and Preschool Storytime, 11:30-12:30; Montlake: Children’s Storytime, 11:00-11:30; Columbia: Preschool Storytime, 11:00-11:30; Green Lake: Family Storytime, 11:15-11:45; South Park: Hora de cuentos / Bilingual Preschool Storytime, 11:15-11:45; Southwest: Preschool Storytime, 11:30-12:00; Greenwood: Hora de Cuentos / Bilingual Preschool, 6:30-7:15; Lake City: Pajama Storytime, 6:30-7:00

Northeast: Toddler Storytime, 10:15-10:35 and 11:15-11:35; Beacon Hill: Preschool Storytime, 10:30-11:00; Douglass-Truth: Family Storytime, 10:30-11:00 and Toddler Storytime, 11:15-11:35; Broadview: Preschool Storytime, 10:30-11:00; NewHolly: Children’s Storytime, 11:00-11:30; Madrona-Sally Goldmark: Family Storytime, 11:00-11:30; Queen Anne: Family Storytime, 11:00-11:30; Southwest: Toddler Storytime, 11:00-11:30; Columbia: Grupo Bilingüe de Juegos / Bilingual Kaleidoscope Play & Learn, 11:00-12:30; Northgate: Family Storytime, 11:15-11:45

Greenwood: Toddler Storytime, 10:30-11:00 and Preschool Storytime, 11:15-11:45; Rainier Beach: Preschool Storytime, 10:30-11:00

Northgate: Baby Storytime, 11:30-12:00; Columbia: Family Storytime, 11:30-12:00 and Vietnamese Storytime, 1:30-2:00

Also check out:

Mockingbird Books, Monday thru Saturday, 11:00-11:30

University Book Store, Tuesday & Saturday, 11:00-11:30

Elliott Bay Book Company, Tuesday & Saturday, 11:30-12:00

The Land of Nod, Thursday, 11:00-11:15

Lake Forest Park Third Place Books, Friday, 10:00-10:30

Santoro’s Books, Friday, 11:00-11:45

Ravenna Third Place Books, Saturday, 11:00-11:30


Bellevue: Korean Storytime, 4:00-4:30

Redmond: Family Storytime, 6:30-7:00

Bellevue: Mother Goose Storytime, 9:30-10:00, Toddler Storytime, 10:15-10:45, Infant Storytime, 11:00-11:30 and Preschool Storytime, 1:30-2:00; Kirkland: Toddler Storytime, 10:00-10:30 and Preschool Storytime, 11:00-11:30

Bellevue: Toddler Storytime, 10:15-10:45 and Infant Storytime, 11:00-11:30; Kirkland: Wonderful Ones Storytime, 10:00-10:30, Family Storytime, 11:00-11:30 and Evening Storytime, 7:00-7:30; Redmond: Preschool Storytime, 10:15-10:45 and Young Toddler Storytime, 11:00-11:30

Bellevue: Young Toddler Storytime, 9:30-10:00, Preschool Storytime, 10:15-10:45, German Storytime, 2:00-2:30 and Evening Storytime, 7:00-7:30; Redmond: Toddler Storytime, 11:00-11:30

Bellevue: Polish Storytime, 4:00-4:30; Redmond: Baby Storytime, 11:00-11:30

Also check out:

Storytime at KidsQuest Museum, Tuesday & Thursday 11:00-11:30

The Toy Place “Paint Me A Story”, Wednesday, 10:00-11:00

Island Books PJ Storytime, Saturday, 6:30-7:15

—Sara Billups