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Winter Storytimes

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Registration for all storytimes begins on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 9:30 AM. Non-residents may register beginning Monday, January 19, 2015. Each child will need his or her own library card to register. Children may be signed up for one session only, in order to accommodate as many children as possible.

Please arrive promptly. If you are late, your spot may be given to someone on the waitlist for that day.

The Library does quite a few different storytimes each season, and it can be difficult to know which one is right for your child. These programs are designed for specific age ranges, with age-appropriate materials, in order to maximize the children’s enjoyment and develop their listening and comprehension skills. It is important that your child be put in the correct program for their age and maturity level, in order to get the most out of it. Special-needs children are welcome with an adult.

For more information, look in the Children’s Room for our winter flyers or ask a Children’s Librarian.

Lapsit Storytime

Lapsit Storytime is for children ages 6 months - 17 months with a parent or caregiver, featuring board books, rhymes, stories, and music. This is a 20 minute program and will be limited to 10 children.

Sign up for one of the two sessions.

Session I: Born Aug. 2013 - July 2014

Tuesdays at 9:45 AM: Jan. 20 - Feb. 24 (no Feb. 17) or

Session II: Born Sept. 2013 - Aug. 2014

Tuesdays at 9:45 AM: Mar. 3-31

Mother Goose Storytime

Children ages 18 months - 29 months and an adult caregiver can join our "Mother Goose" storytime, featuring a few simple, brief stories, rhymes, flannel stories, finger plays, and music. The focus is on parent-and-child interaction and participation.

Sign up for one of the two sessions.

Session I: Born Aug. 2012 - July 2013

Tuesdays at 10:30 AM: Jan. 20Feb. 24 (no Feb. 17) or

Session II: Born Sept. 2012 - Aug. 2013

Tuesdays at 10:30 AM: Mar. 3-31

You and Your Toddler Storytime

The theme of adult and child enjoying stories together continues in the 30 minute "You and Your Toddler" program, for children ages 2½-3½ (born Aug. 2011 - Aug. 2012) and an adult. Children will enjoy several books, along with flannel stories, songs, rhymes, and a short, book-based film.

Sign up for one session.

Mondays at 11:30 AM: Feb. 2 - Mar. 30 (no Feb. 16) or

Tuesdays at 11:30 AM: Feb. 3 - Mar. 31 (no Feb. 17)

Little Listeners

Once children are a little older, they may be able to participate in storytime independently. "Little Listeners" is a 30 minute program for children ages 3-5 (born Jan. 2010 - Jan. 2012) who have not entered Kindergarten yet. This is their first independent storytime experience. The stories are longer and more complex, better suited to their greater comprehension skills and attention span. There are still fun songs and movement activities, and flannel stories as well.

Sign up for one session.

Mondays at 1:30 PM: Feb. 2 - Mar. 30 (except Feb. 16) or 

Tuesdays at 1:30 PM: Feb. 3 - Mar. 31 (except Feb. 17) or 

Wednesdays at 1:30 PM: Jan. 28 - Apr. 1 (except Feb. 18 & Mar. 11)

Thursdays at 1:30 PM: Jan. 20 - Mar. 26 (except Feb. 19 & Feb. 26)

Pajama Storytime

A "Pajama Storytime" for independent listeners ages 3 - 6. This program is 30 minutes and is similar in content to "Little Listeners," but provides a nighttime alternative for busy children and working parents or those who like to hear some good bedtime stories.

Sign up beginning January 5 at 9:30 AM.

Thursdays at 7:30 PM: Jan. 29 - Mar. 26 (except Feb. 19 & Feb. 26)

Kindergarten Storytime

The Children’s Department has a number of programs for elementary-school children, in addition to preschoolers. The "Kindergarten Storytime" features folktales from around the world. Kindergarteners will have the opportunity to become familiar with these entertaining stories told to so many children throughout the world. They also see a book-based movie and do a simple craft. The kindergarten storytimes are 45 minutes.

Sign up  beginning January 5 at 9:30 AM.

Tuesdays at 3:45 PM: Feb. 3 - Mar. 31 (no Feb. 17)

First-Grade Storytime

The storytime for first grade features the very best in picture books and stories in a variety of formats, and concludes with a book-based movie and a fun craft. The First Grade storytimes are 45 minutes.

Sign up beginning January 5 at 9:30 AM.

Mondays at 3:45 PM: Feb. 2 - Mar. 30 (no Feb. 16)


Library Hours

Mon: 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Tues: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Weds: 9:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Thurs: 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Fri: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Sat: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Sun: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  (Sept. 21, 2014 - Jun. 7, 2015)

The Garden City Public Library will be closed on the following Sundays in 2015:
Apr. 5, May 10 & May 24.