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Stories, movement activities, and songs for families with infants to preschoolers.

Storytime is a lively 30-minute combination of books, movement activities and songs best enjoyed by families with their children. Storytimes may also include supplemental activities, such as crafts, storytelling, poetry, riddles, and more.

Are you and your family members new to storytime? To prepare your child for his/her first storytime visit, watch and talk together about the information on this page.

Can’t make it to the library for storytime? Try our “Storytime @ Home” resources to explore themed early literacy activities to help keep kids reading, singing, playing, writing, and talking every day.

Outdoor storytime for toddlers and Pre-K

Watch the online calendar for Outdoor Storytime events. 

Please note that storytime activities such as singing and loud vocalizations are associated with the spread of droplets and aerosols which may contain viruses. Masks are welcome but not required. Caregivers are responsible for maintaining safe distances between their household group and others. 

Join library staff online for a short video featuring a read-aloud, song, or game.
While many publishers offered a short-term relaxing of copyright rules during first months of the pandemic, the storytime librarians created bite-sized videos to support families with books, songs, games, and related resources. 

Pause & Play is best for toddlers and preschoolers.

Babytime Buzz is best for babies and toddlers.

See the archived playlists for videos that still have copyright permissions: 

Storytime resources for caregivers and families.

Round Rock Public Library‘s Youth Services librarians have created special resources to help caregivers host their own fun storytime experiences outside of the library. 

We’ve outlined early literacy activities to help keep kids reading, singing, playing, writing, and talking every day.

Online storytime videos

Join the storytime librarians for short videos featuring a book, song, or game. 

Storytime @ Home themed kits

Library staff members have developed themed kits that extend several of our online storytimes with activities and free resources. Caregivers can use these kits to develop storytimes away from the library that incorporate the Early Literacy activities of reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing.  

Browse the list of themes (below), download the  handouts (featuring fun activities and free digital resources), then explore the lists of recommended books, and place holds. You can placed items on hold and pick them up in the building or through our outdoor holds lockers.

Storytime @ Home Kit Themes:

Let’s learn about colors!

Handout  |  Recommended books and more

Dinosaur fun

Handout | Recommended books and more

Let’s learn about farm animals!

Handout | Recommended books and more

Let’s Have Fun With Snakes!

Handout   | Recommended books and more

Let’s Have Fun With Bears!

Handout | Recommended books and more

Spotlight on Black authors, illustrators, inventors, and artists

Handout | Recommended books and more

Lunar New Year

Handout | Recommended books and more

Let’s Exercise Our Bodies!

Handout  |  Recommended books and more

Kindness Rocks!

Handout  |  Recommended books and more

Fun With Pets

Handout  |  Recommended books and more

Mother Nature and Planet Earth

Handout  |  Recommended books and more

Construction Zone

Handout  |  Recommended books and more

Summer Olympics

Handout  |  Recommended books and more

Summer Reading Challenge – Tails and Tales

Handout  |  Recommended books and more

All About Weather: Rainy Day Fun

Handout  |  Recommended books and more

Fun With Night Animals

Handout  |  Recommended books and more

Growing Up: “I Can Do It”

Handout  |  Recommended books and more 

All About Healthy Food

Handout  |  Recommended books and more

Family and Friends

Handout  |  Recommended books and more

Welcome to storytime at the Round Rock Public Library.

Storytime is an early literacy activity for caregivers and their children. Each week we explore a theme through books, storytelling, rhymes, songs, and play.

Storytime Guidelines:

  1. Children succeed best alongside caregivers who are actively participating in the program.
  2. A great way to prepare your child for his / her first storytime visit would to be watch and talk together about the “What To Expect At Storytime” video.
  3. Come learn with us! You do not need to sign up to attend storytime; however, groups of six or more children must preregister. Please call the Children’s Reference desk at 512-218-3275 for more information or to preregister a group.

Storytime Questions? Please contact our Storytime Librarians:

Babytime and Bilingual Storytime
Virginia Hadley, Library Program Coordinator
512-218-3279 or vhadley@roundrocktexas.gov

Toddlertime 
Andrea Warkentin, Youth Services Librarian
512-218-7011 or awarkentin@roundrocktexas.gov

Preschool Storytime 
Jane Dance, Youth Services Librarian
512-218-7012 or jdance@roundrocktexas.gov

Please note, many of these sessions have limited attendance, and require pre-registration.

Check the online calendar for the current pre-registration status, and also for schedule changes, special events or cancellations.

For group visits, please call the Children’s Desk at 512-218-3275.

Babytime (separate sessions for younger and older babies) 

  • For ages 0 – 12 months: 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursdays
  • For ages 12 – 18 months: 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesdays

Toddlertime (18 months – 3 years)

  • 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays
  • 10:30 a.m. Thursdays

Preschool Storytime (3 – 6 years)

  • 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays

Bilingual Preschool Storytime (3 – 6 years)

  • Watch the calendar for Bilingual programs presented in English and one additional language (Spanish, American Sign Language, Hindi, and Mandarin). These are not yet on a regular schedule. 

Family Storytime (18 months – 6 years)

  • 6:30 p.m. Mondays 
  • 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays (outdoors in Centennial Plaza)
  • 11 a.m. Saturdays 

Recommended Picture Books

 
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