These programs have been cancelled:

  • Toddler Time @ Arthenia L. Joyner University Area Community Library on July 6 at 2 p.m.
  • Toddler Time @ Bloomingdale Regional Public Library on July 29 at 10:15 a.m.
  • Family Story Time @ Bloomingdale Regional Public Library on July 29 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Baby Time @ Riverview Public Library on August 5 at 10:15 a.m.
  • Toddler Time @ Riverview Public Library on August 5 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Baby Time @ Arthenia L. Joyner University Area Community Library on August 16 at 10:15 a.m.
  • Baby Time @ Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library on August 16 at 11:45 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Staff have been called for training with Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center in preparation for the 2022 Hurricane Season.

Attend a program at a different location.

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Story Time at Your Library

Join us for in-person Story Time events at select library branches.

The library wants you to have a special experience so:

  • Attendance is limited to:
    • Baby Story Time: 10 children + 1 parent each
    • Toddler Time: 15 children + 1 parent each
    • Story Time: 20 children + 1 parent each
    • Family Story Time: 20 children + 1 parent each
  • Tickets will be available at the marked service desk 15 minutes prior to the event on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • All programs will be the same at each location.

Baby Story Time (Ages Birth to 18 months)

10 children + 1 parent

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Bond with your baby through books, bouncy rhymes, and songs in this lapsit program that introduces early literacy skills and encourages language development.

Toddler Time (Ages 18-36 months)

15 children + 1 parent

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Enjoy books, rhymes, songs, and activities. This engaging program offers social interaction and builds reading skills.

Story Time (Ages 3-6 years)

20 children + 1 parent

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Enjoy books, rhymes, songs, and activities. This engaging program offers social interaction and builds reading skills.

Family Story Time (Ages 2-7 years)

20 children + 1 parent

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Enjoy books, rhymes, songs, and activities that the whole family can enjoy. This engaging program offers social interaction and builds reading skills. Also available on-demand on our YouTube channel.

Evening Story Time (Ages 2-6 years) - Virtual

Register Online

Enjoy books, rhymes, and songs while building early literacy skills. Grab a blanket and your favorite cuddly toy.

Parent Tip of the Week (Adults) – Virtual

Watch a quick video on the Story Time theme with our Early Literacy Specialists. Each week they highlight an Every Child Ready To Read skill to help you and your child get the most out of Story Time.

Books We Will Read

June 26 – July 2: Under the Sea

Baby Time

Fishy Shapes by Kathy Broderick
Merbaby's Lullaby by Jane Yolen

Toddler Time

I'm a Narwhal by Mallory Loehr
Octopus Escapes! by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer

Story Time

Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima
Inky the Octopus by Erin Guendelsberger

Family Story Time

Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima
Chu's Day at the Beach by Neil Gaiman
Seagull & Sea Dragon by Sydni Gregg

Evening Story Time

Mermaids Fast Asleep by Robin Riding

July 3 – July 9: The Beach

Baby Time

Llama, Llama Sand & Sun by Anna Dewdney

Toddler Time

Beach Day! by Candice Ransom

Story Time

Seashells by the Seashore by Marianne Berkes

Family Story Time

Beach Day by Karen Roosa
Beach Day! by Candice Ransom

Evening Story Time

Good Night Seashore by Adam Gamble
Ocean Lullaby by Laura McGee Kvasnosky
Fabulous Fishes by Susan Stockdale

July 10 – 16: Crustacean Sensation

Baby Time

My Little Ocean by Katrin Wiehle
The Crab Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta

Toddler Time

You're a Crab! by Jenny Whitehead
Crabby Crab by Christopher Raschka

Story Time

The Happy Crab by Layla Palmer and Kevin Palmer
Escargot by Dashka Slater

Family Story Time

Swimmy by Leo Lionni
Barnacle Is Bored by Jonathan Fenske
Crabby Crab by Christopher Raschka

Evening Story Time

The Crab Ballet by Renée LaTulippe
Crabby Crab by Christopher Raschka

July 17 – 23: Shark EnCOUNTers

Baby Time

Number Find: Ocean by Charles Reasoner
Sharks by Gail Gibbons

Toddler Time

Chomp by Michael-Paul Terranova

Family Story Time

Sharky McShark by Alison Murray
Big Shark, Little Shark by Anna Membrino
Sharks by Gail Gibbons

Evening Story Time

Chomp by Michael-Paul Terranova

July 24 – 30: Boats

Baby Time

Little Boat by Taro Gomi
Boats! by Charles Reasoner

Toddler Time

Go, Boats, Go! by Addie Boswell
Little Tug by Stephen Savage

Story Time

Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera
Boats Will Float by Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum

Family Story Time

Lil' Navy Sailor by RP Kids
Go, Boats, Go! by Addie Boswell

Evening Story Time

Little Tug by Stephen Savage
5 Ways to Raise a Reader

Read, Talk, Sing, Write, Play

Help your child be ready to read! Parents and caregivers are a child’s most important teacher. Do these early literacy activities together every day to help your child develop essential language skills.

  • Read Read together every day, even if only for a few minutes. Many children love to hear the same stories over and over, so find favorites!
  • Talk Talk throughout the day to your child. Point out what you are seeing and doing together, and ask lots of questions!
  • Sing Sing songs and nursery rhymes! Rhymes help your child learn new words and develop listening and memory skills.
  • Write Encourage scribbling! Keep crayons and paper on a table where your child can practice.
  • Play Have fun together! Playtime helps children learn important language and social skills.

From books and story times to family literacy workshops and more, we're here to support your child's learning.

Meet the Library’s Story Time Team

We are so excited to meet you and your child!

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Jason
Coordinator
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Allison
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Crissy
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Dena
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Jeff
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Mehkii
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Sam
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