• Do your story times meet every week?
• Do I need to call ahead and reserve a space?
• How strict are you about the age designations?
• What if my child won't behave or sit still in your story times?
• Can I take my stroller in the Library?
• Where is the diaper changing station?
• Can I bring a snack for my child to have during the story time?
• Can I take my child to both Thursday story times?
• What else I need to know about story time?
Q. Do your story times meet every week?
A. Yes, our story times run year round. Occasionally, one of our storytellers goes on vacation and we might skip a week but we make announcements well in advance. You can always call 415-389-4292 x106 to confirm that there are no changes in the schedule.
Q. Do I need to call ahead and reserve a space?
A. We do not take sign-ups for these programs. Just arrive and find a spot. Attendance fluctuates at our story times. Our under 2 story time is currently the most popular, so if you want a good spot be sure to arrive early. So far, we have been able to squeeze everyone in.
Q. How strict are you about the age designations?
A. Not very. We encourage parents to chose the story time that best suits their child's behavior and readiness. Some children need extra time before they can appreciate the longer stories we read in the older story time. Other children have amazing attention spans at very early ages. Please try out the story time that is closest to your child's age, and if you feel it is not right, try another one.
Q. What if my child won't behave or sit still?
A. We encourage you to try out one of our story times. We understand that kids need to wriggle and move, especially the youngest ones, and we consider that normal. If your child's behavior becomes disruptive to others, we ask that you take your child out of the Library until he or she settles down. You can then come back to the story time or try again another day. Our experience has shown us that when parents act as good role models and set appropriate limits, most kids quickly get in the right spirit and do just fine.
Q. Can I take my stroller in the Library?
A. Feel free to bring your stroller in the Library but please leave passageways open when you park it.
Q. Where is the diaper-changing station?
A. We have diaper-changing stations in the male and female lower level bathrooms.
Q. Can I bring a snack for my child to eat during the story time?
A. Sorry, but we have to observe the Library rules of no food or drink in the Library. Breastfeeding and baby bottles are fine, but please refrain from tippie cups, other drinks, and all food.
Q. Can I take my child to both Thursday story times?
A. We encourage you to select one so that there will be room for everyone to enjoy one of our story times.
Q. What else do I need to know about story time?
A. Our storytimes are great fun, but because they can get very crowded, we ask parents to help us by minimizing distraction during the story time. We have found that by putting away books and toys during the story time and asking adults to refrain from conversation with other adults, everyone benefits and kids are much more able to enjoy the experience.
Last updated: 12/14/2015 10:49:28 AM