Story Time

PDF Spring Story Time Information

Registration for Spring Story Times begins Wednesday, February 19th 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 March 9, 2020 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 at 10:00 a.m.       

Children and parents or caregivers meet with a librarian for 25 minutes of stories, games and a craft. Siblings may attend with the librarian’s approval.


3‑4 year olds meet: Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.

Children meet independently with a librarian for 30 minutes of stories, songs and a craft.

Family Story Time (2-5 year olds) meet: Wednesdays at 10:00 am.

Younger children attend with a parent; older children may attend independently with a librarian for 30 minutes of stories, songs and a craft.

 3-7 year olds meet: Wednesdays at 6:30 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.

Story Time FAQs

When can I sign up for Story Time?

Registration for Spring Story Times begins Wednesday, February 19th 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?

Spring Story Times begin the week of March 9, 2020 . Story Times 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 active and gets a little "antsy", s/he will probably be happier in the shorter, faster paced 3-4 Story Time, than the 3-7 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 of Registered Children go to Story Times?

Depending on which Story Time your child is signed up for, siblings may or may not be able to accompany the registered child. To find out if a sibling can accompany a registered child please talk to Marie or Lisa. Families should understand that the registered child is the active participant in the Story Time and craft.

Do I need to stay at the Library during Story Time?

YES! In fact, you need to stay in the Children’s Room while your child is in Story Time. If they need to leave the room for any reason (to go the bathroom, for example) the librarian can’t leave the other children, so you need to be available in the Children’s Room.

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.

What if I still have questions about Story Time?

Please don’t hesitate to ask us; it’s why we are here!


Main Desk: 603-332-1428    Children's: 603-335-7549

Reference: 603-335-7550


65 South Main Street
Rochester, New Hampshire



please call 603-332-1428 ext 2 for hours

Sunday: Closed

The Library's outer doors are locked 15 minutes prior to closing.

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