Storytime

The purpose of storytime is to develop early literacy skills and create a love of reading at an early age.  Caregivers are an important part of fostering these skills and are encouraged to actively participate with their child.  Current storytimes are listed below.

All ages are welcome to join us for storytime.  You can join storytime virtually through Zoom or by registering for an in person spot. 

Zoom is a video chat program that allows you to join with video and/or audio through a computer, tablet, or phone.  To join via Zoom, click on the appropriate link or use the meeting IDs provided.

To join in person, please register by calling the library at 319-462-2183 or with this form https://forms.gle/XhJpjNwfhXpXeUJ58. If coming in person we ask that everyone 2 years and older wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. Blankets will be set out 6 feet apart on the floor and families can choose a blanket that will be their space for the duration of storytime and craft time.

    • Family Storytime on Tuesdays at 5:30 PM - Family storytime includes craft time. For current information about this storytime go to our events page.
    • Movers and Shakers Storytime on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM - Movers and Shakers involves lots of movement and actions to go along with our stories. For current information about this storytime go to our events page.

Literacy skills are important to be building all the time!  Below are the Five Practices of Early Literacy from Every Child Ready To Read.  These are the skills we work on during storytime.

TALK - Talking in a way that encourages children to talk will help them understand what they later read.  Ask open-ended questions and give your child time to respond.  Have conversations.  Talk about what you are doing for simple daily tasks.
SING - Singing slows down language so children can hear the smaller sounds in words and helps them learn new words.
READ - Reading together and interacting with stories helps build important relationships and associate reading as a positive experience.
WRITE - Writing helps children learn language and express themselves.  Learning to write begins with learning fine and gross motor skills. Practice holding markers and crayons.  Write in the air with your finger.
PLAY - Playing helps children develop language, build social skills, and learn new vocabulary in context (in its natural setting).