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Fall Story Times:

Registration for Fall Story Times begins Wednesday, September 3rd at 9:00 a.m.  Call 335 7549 or come to the library to register.  Registration will remain open until Story Times are filled or through the first week of the Story Time session. Rochester residents may register their children; non residents must have a non resident card to be eligible.  The programs are free.  Story Times begin the week of September 15th and will run for six weeks.

If you have a question about which Story Time would be best for your child please talk to us before the morning of Story Time Registration.

Toddler Time: Thursdays at 9:15 a.m.
Toddlers between 12 and 24 months and their parent or caregiver meet with a Librarian for 20 minutes of stories, songs and finger plays. Sorry, no siblings may attend this program.  Parents are invited to stay for coffee/tea in the Story Time Room after the program.  Toys will be available for the toddlers to play with while the grown-ups get a chance to socialize.

2 - 3 year olds meet: Mondays or Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.       
Children and parents or caregivers meet with a Librarian for 30 minutes of stories, games and a craft.  Siblings may attend with the Librarian’s approval.

Family Story Time (2 - 4 year olds) meet: Tuesdays at 10:00 am.
Children and parents or caregivers meet with a Librarian for 30 minutes of stories, games and a craft.  Younger children attend with a parent, older children may attend independently.  Siblings may attend with the Librarian’s approval.

3 - 4 year olds meet: Mondays at 11:00 a.m.
Children meet independently with a Librarian for 30 minutes of stories, songs and a craft.

4 year olds through Kindergarteners meet: Tuesdays at 6 p.m.
Children meet independently with a Librarian for 45 minutes of stories, songs and a craft.

Persons with a disability requesting accommodations must call the Library prior to the event.




How the Story Time Program Works: 

During the school year the Children’s Room offers a variety of Story Times for children ages 12 months through Kindergarten age.  There are three six-week Story Time sessions: one in the fall (September/October), one in the winter (January/February) and one in the spring (March/April).  Each Story Time Session is made up of individual Story Times for specific age groups.  Children must be pre-registered to attend these programs.  Registration usually begins two to three weeks before the Story Time Session begins.

Drop-In Story Times are offered during November and December, and as part of the Summer Reading Program. These are informal story programs for 2-5 year olds and their parent or care-giver.   Because of the wide age range and uncertain attendance, this is a much more casual program than our usual Story Times, and consists of several stories, songs and fingerplays (sorry, no craft).  No registration is necessary for Drop-In Story Times.


Story Time Information

When can I sign up for Story Time?
Registration for Fall Story Times begins Wednesday, September3rd at 9:00 a.m..

How do I sign up for Story Time?
You can either come in to the Children’s Room or you can call us (335-7549) to sign up for Story Time.  If you call to register, please make sure you speak to a librarian. (Registration can’t be done by leaving a message on our voice mail. There are too many things that could go wrong!)

Who can sign up for Story Time?
Story Times are open to resident children.  Families who have purchased non-resident cards may also register their children for Story Time.

When do Story Times begin, and how long does this session last?
Fall Story Times begin the week of September 15th.  Story Times will meet once a week for six weeks.

Which Story Time will be the best “fit” for my child?
Our goal is for each child in Story Time to have a fun Library experience.  In deciding which Story Time to sign up for think about where your child will be happiest.  If s/he is 3 years old and would be happier going to a Story Time that you also attend, you will probably want to sign her/him up for a 2-3 year old Story Time. If your 4 year old is very active and gets a little “antsy”, s/he will probably be happier in the shorter and faster paced 3-4 Story Time, than the 4-K Story Time. If you still aren’t sure, please talk to us and we’ll try to help you find the perfect fit.

Can siblings attend Story Times?
Depending on which Story Time your child is signed up for, siblings may or may not be able to attend.
•    Toddler Time (12-24 month olds): No siblings.
•    2-3 year olds: Babies are fine, for older siblings please talk to Marie.
•    3-4’s and 4-K’s: These are independent Story Times, so sibling attendance is not an issue.
•     Family Story Time (for 2-4’s and a parent): Please talk to Marie.

What happens if only a few children are signed up for a particular Story Time?
If fewer than five children are signed up for a particular Story Time, it will be cancelled (for that session) and the children will be accommodated in another Story Time for their age group.

Do Story Times cost anything?
Story Times, like all Library programs, are free to residents and non-resident cardholders.

What if I still have questions about Story Time?
Please don’t hesitate to ask us; it’s why we are here!


The Rochester Public Library is located at 65 S. Main St.
For additional information, call 603.335.7549. For directions to RPL, click here.