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Storytimes

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Join us for storytimes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary!

Storytime

  • Weekday storytimes run throughout the school year. Please check below for ages, times and locations.
  • Due to overcrowding REGISTRATION is required for some programs.
    • Registration for Fall I 2016 programs will begin on Tuesday, September 13th at 9:00 a.m.
    • Registration for Fall II 2016 programs will begin on Tuesday, November 1st at 9:00 a.m.
  • Storytimes are offered on weekdays from October to May for children ages 4 months to 8 years. The goal of all storytimes is to inspire a love of books and reading in participants of all ages.
  • Many weekday morning storytimes are drop-in programs with no registration required. However, some of the most popular storytimes may require advance registration.
  • Children must be of age by the first meeting and week day programs are limited to Quincy residents.
  • Please note that no storytimes are held when the Quincy Public Schools are closed for vacation or for weather. 
  • All children's programs are also included in the library's Calendar of Events (children's programs are listed in blue on the Calendar).
  • Each child may only be registered for one storytime series per session.
  • All of our storytime programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.
Storytimes at the Main Library       Storytimes at the Branches

MAIN LIBRARY STORYTIMES

Rock-a-Bye Babies (4-12 months)

Blue circle with two babies sleeping and the words "rock-a-bye baby"
An introduction to stories, songs, nursery rhymes and gentle movement exercises for very young children accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Limited to Quincy residents. Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.
Fall I - 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27 
Fall II - 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15 

 

Mother Goose on the Loose (12-24 months)
REGISTRATION REQUIRED 

Maroon circle with a goose reading to five goslings and the words Mother Goose on the Loose
A storytime for Rock-a-Bye Baby graduates who are mobile; includes stories, songs, fingerplays and creative movement for young children accompanied by an adult. Due to overcrowding registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents. Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Fall I - 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25
Fall II - 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13 
NEW! Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Fall I - 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26
Fall II - 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14 
Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.
Fall I - 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27
Fall II - 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15 

 

Just for Twos (24-36 months)
 REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Green circle with seven small children holding hands and the words Just for Twos
This program for two-year-olds and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children. Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts. Due to overcrowding, registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents. Mondays at 10:00 a.m.
Fall I - 9/26, 10/3, 10/17, 10/24
Fall II - 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12 
Fridays at 11:00 a.m.
Fall I - 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28
Fall II - TBA

 

Just for Threes (36-47 months)

Dark blue circle with four children holding hands and the words Just for Threes
This program for three-year-olds and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children. Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts. No registration required. Limited to Quincy residents. Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. 
Fall I - 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25
Fall II - 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13 

 

Preschool Storytime (3-5 years)

Light blue circle with seven children holding hands and the words Pre-School Storytime
Longer, more complex stories form the basis for this program. Participation plays a big part as children now have the language and confidence to join in on refrains and songs. Poems, songs, felt boards, action rhymes and occasional crafts round out the programs. Caregivers have the option of attending these programs with their children or using the time to browse for books nearby. No registration required. Limited to Quincy residents. Fridays at 9:30 a.m.
Fall I - 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21
Fall II - TBA

 


BRANCH STORYTIMES


Adams Shore Branch (617-376-1325)
 

Toddler Time (2-3 years)

Orange circle with two children sitting against books and the words Toddler Storytime
This program for toddlers and their caregivers introduces simple stories and concepts to young children. Songs, rhymes, fingerplays and felt board activities will be used to reinforce concepts. No registration required. Limited to Quincy residents. Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
Fall I - 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25
Fall II - 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13 

 

North Quincy Branch (617-376-1320)

Preschool Storytime (3-5 years)

Light blue circle with seven children holding hands and the words Pre-School Storytime
Longer, more complex stories form the basis for this program. Participation plays a big part as children now have the language and confidence to join in on refrains and songs. Poems, songs, felt boards, action rhymes and occasional crafts round out the programs. Caregivers have the option of attending these programs with their children or using the time to browse for books nearby. No registration required. Limited to Quincy residents. Mondays at 10:00 a.m.
Fall I - 9/26, 10/3, 10/17, 10/24
Fall II - 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12 

 

Wollaston Branch (617-376-1330)

Junior Explorers (3-5 years)

Yellow circle with green border and binoculars and the words Junior Explorers

REGISTRATION REQUIRED

This one hour program for pre-kindergarteners and kindergarteners meets after school for stories and crafts based on a theme such as ocean life, fractured fairy tales or other topics. Good listening skills and cooperation are important for this storytime. Due to physical space limitations registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents. Mondays at 3:00 p.m.
Fall I - 9/26, 10/3, 10/17, 10/24
Theme: Vehicles
Fall II - 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12 
Theme: Animals 

 

Explorers Club (6-8 years)

Pale blue circle with dark teal border and a compass rose and the words The Explorers

REGISTRATION REQUIRED

This one hour program for elementary-age children meets after school for stories, activities and crafts based on a theme such as mysteries, outer space or other topics. Stories are longer and activities require more independent and creative thought as children are now old enough to listen for longer and work on their own. Due to physical space limitations registration is required. Limited to Quincy residents. Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.  
Fall I - 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26
Theme: Trickster Tales
Fall II - 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14
Theme: Space
   

 

 


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