Storytimes are lively interactive gatherings filled with stories, songs, rhymes, movement, and social time for children from birth to six. Research shows that these language-rich activities help young children develop the skills they’ll need as they grow into learning to read.

Storytimes are designed to match the needs of each age group and are presented by experienced professionals. The content of each storytime is shaped by the five proven practices recommended by Every Child Ready to Read: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Every Child Ready to Read is a program of the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children. 

Storytimes are free of charge, on a drop-in basis: first come, first served. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

At the Downtown Library

Baby Storytime

Fridays, 10:15 and 11:15, Downtown

Babies start building the skills they will need when they’re learning to read. Baby Storytime enriches the language learning abilities of babies. 40 minute event: 20 minute program, followed by 20 minutes for babies and their grown-ups to play and connect.

Toddler Storytime

Tuesdays, 10:15 and 11:00, Downtown 

Toddlers have fun while developing early literacy skills through songs, rhymes, and stories. 35 minute event: 20 minute program, followed by 15 minutes of free play to help build social skills and friendships.

Preschool Storytime

Wednesdays, 10:15 and 11:00, Downtown

Preschoolers benefit from a fuller exploration of stories: details, narrative sequence, and more. Plus, learning about letters and numbers. Children’s understanding of reading and love of books continue to grow at this 30 minute event.

Music and Movement Storytime

Thursdays, 10:15 and 11:00, Downtown 

Sing and dance together! Music and Movement Storytime features stories, songs, puppets, active movement, and more for babies through preschoolers. 30 minute event.

Pajama Storytime

Tuesdays, 6:30, Downtown

An evening storytime for children of all ages to share the joy of language and encourage love of books. Pajamas welcome. 45 minute event: 30 minute program, followed by a 15 minute art activity.

Family Music Time

Saturdays*, 10:15, Downtown

Talented local performers and educators visit to play live music for families with children of all ages. Music and songs promote language development. Start the weekend singing, moving, and learning together at this 30 minute event.

*On the first Saturday of each month, Family Music Time is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Sensory Storytime

Saturdays in Jan., March, June, and Oct., 3:00 p.m., Downtown - sign up in advance

This early literacy program is designed for children ages 2 to 8 who experience sensory needs, have developmental delays, or are on the autism spectrum. Sensory Storytime provides a supportive, safe, consistent place to explore language and play. Sign up for each session starting one week in advance: 541-682-8316.

Bethel and Sheldon Branches

Family Storytime

Fridays, 10:15, Bethel Branch and Sheldon Branch

The Library’s neighborhood branches host weekly gatherings filled with stories, songs, and fun with letters and numbers. This 30 minute event encourages the love of reading and learning for children of all ages.