In a recent article I mentioned that the public library is a great place to while away a rainy summer day. With September upon us and more cold and rainy weather ahead, this is a really good time to check out a Vancouver library storytime. Not only is the library a free place to get out of the weather, it’s also a great place to meet other local mamas. And you’re building early literacy skills while you do it. Everyone wins!
Vancouver Library Storytime for all Kids
No matter how young your little one is, there is a Vancouver library storytime for them. The age groupings are:
- Babytime – For babies from birth to about 18 months old. This program includes bounces, rhymes and lullabies. A children’s librarian will introduce you to great books and other media to share with your baby, as well.
- Toddler Storytime – For little ones from about 18 months to 3 years old. This program includes action rhymes and easy songs, plus books that toddlers will enjoy.
- Preschool Storytime – For children from about 3 to 5 years old. Your child will hear stories, sing songs, and enjoy fingerplays and movement games. You and your kiddo will also be introduced to wonderful picture books.
- Family Storytime – Do you have more than one child? This may be the answer for you. Family Storytime is designed for young children of all ages and abilities and their caregivers.
There are also special Vancouver library storytime options, like Pyjama Storytime, Chinese Storytime, Sensory Storytime, and more. To find out more about the programs go here. To find a Vancouver library storytime, go here.
Vancouver Library Storytime in Your Neighbourhood
The Vancouver Public Library has 22 branches throughout the city. Neighbouring communities also have libraries of their own. Wherever you live in the city or suburbs, there’s a Metro Vancouver library storytime near you. Of course you can visit any branch if it has a program that appeals to you. But there’s something special about getting to know your local library. You will meet the other mamas you see around your neighbourhood coffee shop or the local playground. Plus, the library will have more information on local events and resources. To find your local branch go to www.vpl.ca/branches.
One final note. Did you know that even newborns can get a library card? And you can use your library card to borrow DVDs, CDs and video games as well as books and magazines? It’s true, and of course it’s all free. There is no better entertainment bang for your buck than your local library. Find out more about library cards for kids here.