Virtual Storytime

The Rolla Public Library offers many different Storytime throughout the week beginning in September and continuing through mid-May. We also offer a Summer Reading Program each year beginning at the end of May and lasting 10 weeks (typically the end of July / beginning of August). 

Virtual Story Times

All in-person programing is suspended due to COVID-19. Watch our new Virual Storytimes below! You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to never miss a video here:

April 20th: Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol

April 13th: The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

April 6th: Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen

March 30th: Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems

March 23rd: Pokko and the Drum by Matthew Forsythe

March 16th: Dandy by Ame Dyckman

March 9th: Rumpelstiltskin by The Brothers Grimm

March 2nd: Move Over, Rover by Karen Beaumont

February 23rd: A Silly Snowy Day by Michael Coleman

February 16th: The Tortoise and the Hare by Aesop

February 9th: The Pout Pout Fish, Far, Far from Home by Deborah Diesen

February 2nd: The Hat by Jan Brett

What Parents and Caregivers Need to Know

What can parents and care givers expect from Storytime?
Storytime programs introduce young children to books, rhymes, music and other fun activities. Every week the library offers programs matched to the typical attention spans and developmental levels of different ages of children. Library Storytimes incorporate the early literacy skills that children must master before they can learn to read.  These are:  

  • phonological awareness
  • vocabulary
  • print motivation
  • narrative skills
  • print awareness
  • letter knowledge

Family Storytimes are designed to include the whole family, including school-aged children, and may include films and/or crafts.

What is the role of adults at Storytime?
An adult bringing a child to Storytime is expected to stay with that child during all Storytime sessions. Parents and care givers can learn by watching library staff demonstrate good read-aloud skills and by being aware of the age-appropriate books, music, songs and activities staff use during Storytime.

How can a parent or care giver find a convenient Storytime?
Please check the calendar to find a Storytime appropriate for your child and convenient to your family. Space at Storytimes may be limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis unless otherwise indicated on the calendar listing.

How can a parent or care giver make the most of Storytime?

  • By coming to Storytime on a regular basis.
  • By arriving a few minutes early.
  • By paying attention to the stories and activities throughout Storytime.
  • By participating when encouraged to do so.
  • By not bringing food or toys to the Storytime.
  • By letting each child choose books and by checking them out to share at home.
  • By asking library staff for help in choosing age-appropriate books and music.
  • By taking an upset child out of the program area until he or she calms down.
  • By talking with your child about the stories after Storytime.
  • By repeating the Storytime rhymes and songs at home with your child.

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