Story Times

Our story times are developed by trained staff and focus on the skills every child should know so that when they enter school they are ready to learn to read. Early Literacy Story Times are designed for toddlers and preschoolers. Age appropriate books, songs, music, finger plays and flannel boards are used to capture the attention of the young child. Story times last about 30 minutes.

Following the story time, our craft and activity sheets extend the story time experience and provide children a chance to develop their fine motor skills, build self-esteem and gain positive emotional responses to learning.

Little Explorers

Help your preschool-age child explore activities that promote and strengthen early literacy skills. Little Explorers exposes children to a different hands-on discovery station each week.  These activities were specially designed by our Early Literacy Story Time librarians to help children strengthen skills that will help them learn to read and write. Bring your child to any CCPL location while Story Times are in recess.  Visit our event calendar for a schedule of Little Explorers events. 

Little girl watches woman reading a book to her and other kids and their moms during story time.


Story times will resume the week of June 17.

LibraryDay(s) of the WeekTime(s)
Bon Air Library
Wednesday10:30 a.m.
Central LibraryTuesday10:30 a.m.
Chester LibraryTuesday and Wednesday10:30 a.m.
Clover Hill LibraryWednesday10:15 am. and 11:15 a.m.
Enon LibraryWednesday10:30 a.m.
Ettrick-Matoaca LibraryTuesday10:30 a.m.
LaPrade LibraryMonday10:30 a.m.
Meadowdale LibraryTuesday10:30 a.m.
Midlothian LibraryMonday and Tuesday10:30 a.m.
North Courthouse Road LibraryTuesday and Wednesday10:30 a.m.

Pajama Story Times

Pajamas and a stuffed animal are optional for this early evening library fun. Story times help develop early literacy skills, which enable your child to be reading-ready for kindergarten.

Pajama story times will resume the week of June 17.

LibraryDay of the WeekTime
Clover Hill LibraryMonday6:30 p.m.

Mother Goose Story Time

Babies will learn and play in this interactive 30-minute story time! Begin your child's appreciation for books and develop their early literacy skills through stories, songs, lap rhymes, and movement. This program is for babies, from birth to two years old, and their caregivers.

Registration is required at most locations and begins two weeks before each session.

Baby Signs Story Time

Learn sign language through stories, songs, rhymes, and play. Ages 0-23 months. Registration is required and begins two weeks before each program.

Registration is required and begins two weeks before each session.

Sensory Story Time

Sensory story time promotes learning through books, songs, movement, and hands-on activities so that children can utilize all five senses.

Recommended for ages 2-5. No registration necessary. Visit the event calendar for days and times

Day Care Story Times

Specially designed for child-care providers, these large-group story times are held once a month at select libraries.

LibraryDay(s) of the WeekTime
LaPrade LibraryFourth Wednesday of the Month10:30 a.m.
Meadowdale LibraryPlease call for an appointment.