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Storytimes at HPL

Each week, your child will get a handout with the books, songs and other activities we've enjoyed. Sing the songs and do the activities during the week with your child. Select books from the library to read at home.

Remember that reading to your child is the most important thing you can do to encourage a love of books and reading.

NEW! Music & Movement for kids ages 2-5
Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
January 6 - February 10

Join us for a NEW 45-minute interactive program aimed at increasing vocabulary,
fine and gross motor skills, social skills and self-confidence through music-based activities. Come play with the parachute, beanbags, rhythm instruments and more while building early literacy skills and making new friends.

Learning Through Play for kids ages 1-5
Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sundays from 1-4 p.m.
January 24 & 25 - February 28 & March 1
Drop in and join your child in exploring, discovering and learning through play stations and activities that are easy to duplicate at home. Play helps children express their emotions,
build relationships with others and master difficult experiences.

An adult caregiver must accompany children. No registration necessary. Families welcome.

SPECIAL! Preschool Storytime for kids ages 1-5
Tuesday, March 3 at 9:30 a.m.
Join Communication Innovations Pediatric Therapy Services as they offer stories, singing, movement, crafts and more. A speech-language pathologist and an occupational therapist will be available to answer questions about developmental milestones. No registration necessary.

Weekly Storytimes
Winter: January 7- March 7
Spring: March 23- May 9

Baby Walkers for babies ages 12-24 months
Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
Baby Lapsit for babies up to 12 months
Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Speaking, singing and reading to babies sparks their creativity and brain development. Begin your baby's road to reading with 15-20 minutes of rhymes, songs and simple books in these spirited programs for our youngest patrons. A playtime follows each program.

Tales for 2s and 3s for kids ages 2-3
Thursdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Two- and three-year-olds are extremely active, imitate adult behavior and are developing verbal skills that express emotion. This 25-minute program builds vocabulary and helps foster motor skills development through fingerplays and other movement activities.

Tales for 4s and More for kids ages 4-6
Fridays at 9:30 a.m.
This storytime includes 40 minutes of more complex stories, songs and activities that introduce the wider world and encourage the attentiveness necessary for school success. To help allow your preschoolers to practice their kindergarten skills without distraction, younger siblings are not invited to this storytime.

Saturday Story Shorts for kids ages 1-5
Saturdays at 10 a.m.
Enjoy a fun-filled half-hour program including a story or two, a song or movement activity, and an easy craft. Geared for children ages 2-5, but families are welcome to come enjoy the program together. No registration necessary.

Please call the Children's Room (758-6585) if you have any questions about storytime at the library.

A Note on Age-Specific Groups
Because our storytimes are designed for specific age groups and contain content unique to their developmental needs, we ask that children remain in their age-appropriate storytime until they are old enough to advance to the next level. 

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