Getting into a storytime group can be nothing short of cutthroat in some places. While the registration-only programs ensure you a seat on the carpet, drop-in programs can provide some much-needed flexibility. Who hasn’t suddenly found a morning with nothing planned (or plans abruptly canceled) and a burning desire to just get out of the house?
We’ve rounded up 14 places with drop-in storytimes—and, best of all, they’re all FREE! Looking for more things to do with your kids in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley? Take a look at our Event Calendar and sign up for our FREE newsletters.
Storytime – Scarsdale
Tuesdays at 4pm
This drop-in program at the Scarsdale Public Library will vary depending on the librarian holding it, we were told. Although there is no craft, it typically also includes songs and rhymes.
Stories, Songs & Surprises – Bedford
Tuesdays at 2pm; Thursdays at 11:15am
The Bedford Free Library holds drop-in storytime for preschoolers (with an adult) twice a week. With two different times, you have a better shot of working it around nap time. Each 30-minute program has a different theme.
Preschool Story Time and Craft – Armonk
Ages 4 and older
Children can stop by the North Castle Public Library and make a story-related craft.
Various Programs – Dobbs Ferry
Tuesdays at 11am and 1:30pm; Thursdays at 11am
The Dobbs Ferry Public Library holds three different storytimes broken out by ages. The younger set (1- and 2-year-olds) will participate in stories, songs and finger play, while the older kids will add a craft to the mix.
General Storytime – Briarcliff Manor
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Briarcliff Manor Public Library offers weekly drop-in storytimes for babies up to age 4. Groups are broken up by age: Baby Storytime Lapsit (up to 18 months), Fun for Older 1s and Young 2s (15-30 months), and Fun for Tots/Preschool Kids (older 2s to 4). All require a caregiver to attend. Dates and times vary depending on the program.
Various Programs – Chappaqua
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
The Chappaqua Library has drop-in storytimes a whopping five days week, with programs broken up by age. Registration isn’t required, but the library does request you limit attendance to one session per day. Parking is said to often be a problem, so be sure to leave plenty of time.
Story Book Yoga – Croton-on-Hudson
Fridays at 10:30am
This 30-minute program at the Croton Free Library incorporates yoga and music into the stories. A certified yoga instructor and New York State teacher encourages kids with breathing, stretching and creative movement. Croton also holds another drop-in storytime on Thursdays at 10:45 for ages 4 months through 3 years (“Movers and Shakers”), which has music, dances and rhymes.
Baby Lap Time and Toddler Story Time – Eastchester
Thursdays at 10:30am
Ages 9-23 months and 24-36 months
These two registration-not-required programs rotate the weeks on which they’re held. Caregivers must stay.
Various Programs – Katonah
Ages infants - 5
The Katonah Public Library has drop-in storytimes for infants through age 5. Days and times depend on the programs—they’re broken up by age—so check the schedule. Fun fact: Its Mother Goose program was once named in Westchester Magazine’s Best of Westchester Awards.
Here We Are Together Story Time – Mount Kisco
Mondays at 11:15am
Parents with children of different ages will appreciate this Mount Kisco Public Library program, which lets kids of all ages participate together.
Storytime Playgroup – Pleasantville
Thursdays at 2pm
Craving some social interaction? This program at the Mount Pleasant Library combines stories and music along with toys and books, and encourages both children and parents to make new friends. The library also holds a variety of more traditional drop-in storytimes five days a week at the Pleasantville and Valhalla branches.
Various Programs – North Salem
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
The Ruth Keeler Memorial Library holds storytimes five days a week, three of which (Wednesday, Thursdays and Saturdays) are for kids of all ages. The library also notes that siblings are still welcome during all programs.
Toddler Storytime – White Plains and Yonkers
Thursdays at 11am
The only non-library on the list, Barnes & Noble holds drop-in storytime with books, songs and coloring at its City Center and Central Plaza locations. The website says first-come first-served because of space limitations, but B&N told us it doesn’t turn people away.
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