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The stories, games, finger plays, and activities used in story time are designed to foster a love of language and books, introduce standard works of literature for young children, provide your child with an early group experience, encourage an increased attention span, demonstrate new activities for you to enjoy with your child at home and provide a pleasant introductory experience to the library.

No registration is required for any of these programs.


Mother Goose on the Loose

Mother Goose
on the Loose

Birth - 24 months with adult

Parents/caregivers are invited to join us with their babies for an early learning program. Mother Goose on the Loose uses books, rhymes, songs, musical instruments, finger plays, flannel board characters, puppets and other props to help parents/caregivers develop the child’s early literacy skills in a fun and joyful environment.

Fridays @ 10:00 - 10:30 am

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Toddler Story Time

Toddler  Time

2 to just turned 3 with adult

Toddlers and their parents or caregivers are invited to attend a 45-minute program which includes stories, finger plays, songs, puppets, and crafts. These story times are intended for toddler and parent/caregiver to share together (one-on-one). Parents/caregivers remain with the children in the story room for this group.

Thursdays@ 10:00—10:45am

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Preschool Story Time

Preschool Story Time

3 - 5 year without adult

Children ages 3-5 are invited to attend this program which includes stories, finger plays, songs and puppets. Crafts and films are also offered several times each session. Parents remain outside the story room during the program. No registration required.

Mondays @ 1:30 - 2:15pm

Mondays @ 7:00 - 7:45pm

Tuesdays @ 10:00 - 10:45am

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Family Storytime

Family Story Time

All ages with adult

Children of all ages are invited to attend this program which includes stories, finger plays, songs and puppets. Crafts and films are also offered several times each session. Parents/caregivers remain with the children in the Lecture Hall for this group. 

Wednesdays 10:00—10:45am

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Storytimes are held in 5 or 6 week sessions during the school year. We plan each Storytime so that the activities of one week build on and relate to the activities of the previous weeks. Regular attendance is important.

If Dover schools are cancelled due to inclement weather, story times will be cancelled (even if the library is open).

Tips for Parents:

Arrive early. Late arrivals can be stressful to your child and very distracting to the storyteller and the other children.

Check the story board to see what stories will be read during story time and make a name tag for your child.

Make sure children get a drink of water and visit the restroom before we begin.

If your child is reluctant to enter or stay in the story room, please take him/her into the Children’s Room—not in the story room or hallway—until he/she is ready to listen and then come back in.

If it is your child’s first story time, please remain across the hall in the Children’s Room for at least the first session. During subsequent story hours, we ask that a parent or other designated adult remain in the building during the program. Children can become very upset if they leave the story room and do not find an adult waiting for them.

We encourage parents to remain engaged with their children during story time and take some time to socialize/network once the story teller is finished.

Thank you!