Starting to read to your children at an early age is a great way to ignite a love for books, not to mention supporting their brain development. Many libraries provide free and entertaining story times. Here is compilation of fun story times in the Hartford County area.
The Plainville Public Library has drop-in story times held for children between the ages of one and five. There is a fall session and, after the holidays, a winter/spring session. Children must be the appropriate age for the class they are attending. The story time programs are held in both the daytime and evening but when there is no school in Plainville story times are canceled. The Mother Goose Story Time is on Mondays from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m for one year olds (12 – 24 months) and their caregivers. Babies are welcome. Short stories, finger plays, music and big balls will introduce your child to fun at the library. Check on their site to see the current listing of available programs.
56 E Main St Plainville, CT 06062
The West Hartford Public Library has a variety of reading programs available for children. They offer story time programs for children ages newborn to age 5, as well as programs that incorporate music, science and social interaction with other children. Participants will develop a love of learning to last a lifetime! Registration is required for some programs but not all. Please call the Children's Department at 860-561-6980 or check out the website for more information.
20 S Main St West Hartford, CT 06107
The Avon Public library provides story time for children, as well as programs that include arts and crafts, music and yoga. Most programs require registering in advance. Check their site for current programs or you can call 860-673-9712 ext. 211. Programs are open to residents and non-residents.
281 Country Club Rd Avon, CT 06001
New Britain Public Library has a few options for story times divided into age groups from 3 to 8 years old. They also have monthly events that in the past have included nature talks with real wild animals, musical guests and free movies. Check their site for the most current programming or call 860-224-3155.
20 High St New Britain, CT 06052
The story time schedule for Newington Public Library is listed on their website. They have an assortment of programs that tailor to children of all ages, including a class especially for children with special needs. Best of all, there is no registration required and drop-ins are welcome. Call 860-665-8720 with any questions.
95 Cedar St Newington, CT 06111
Originally published 5/3/13. Revised 08/30/16.