Early Learning at the Library

All PagesThe library offers storytimes at all branch libraries. There are storytimes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and mixed ages. Several branches also offer Play Dates, Music and Movement programs, and other activities for young children.

The Spring 2018 Session is over. We are taking a hiatus from Storytime so we can get ready for the Summer Reading Challenge. Programs will begin again the week of May 28.

Storytime introduces the child to the best in children's books. Because a child responds naturally to the rhythm of words and the repetition of sounds, storytimes include nursery rhymes, poetry, fingerplays and songs. The child who attends storytime regularly will develop an enjoyment and appreciation of books, the ability to concentrate, and the ability to participate in group activities. Suggestions for a successful Storytime experience.

Play Dates are an opportunity for preschoolers and toddlers, along with their caregivers to play with toys and learning materials in an early literacy environment. Play date fosters vocabulary and other pre-reading skills. The programs are open to young children 18 months to 5 years.

Music and Movement features interactive stories, music and songs perfect for young children ages 0-5. Kids have fun while being introduced to early literacy concepts. Get ready to shake, shimmy and dance!

Messy Hands introduces young children to artists or techniques and then they create their own work of art! We may get messy, so dress so your child accordingly.


Abita Springs: 






Lee Road:



Pearl River:


South Slidell: 

Bring Storytime home with you with these great book suggestions:


Potty Training Resources

Books for Early Literacy Development: Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play