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Storytime

Welcome to the storytime page!  Did you know that the Bartholomew County Public Library offers 7 different storytime programs each week? That’s 21 storytimes per month, or 10.5 hours of stories! That isn’t even counting our once-monthly storytimes, STEAM programs (which often feature stories) or our Lead, Read, Succeed video series. Truly, there is something for everyone - toddlers, preschoolers, cookie lovers, French speakers, you name it.

Here, you will find information about upcoming storytimes, recent and frequently used song lyrics, recommended reads, and more. If you have any questions about storytime that aren't answered here, please contact us or give us a call at 812-379-1288. We hope to see you in storytime soon!

Upcoming Storytimes
Mon, Jan 20, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Columbus - Non-Library Location (See description)
Join the Bartholomew County Public Library for this pop-up storytime. Enjoy stories puppets songs rhymes and receive a free book from our Book Express. Sans Souci is located at 1526 13th street

Mon, Jan 20, 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Columbus - Story Time Room
Come enjoy a nighttime snack as you listen to stories under twinkling lights! This program is first come first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Tue, Jan 21, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus - Story Time Room
Tuesdays and Wednesdays offered twice to allow more Children to attend. Both storytimes are the same please choose one. First come, first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Tue, Jan 21, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Columbus - Non-Library Location (See description)
Join the Bartholomew County Public Library for this pop-up storytime. Enjoy stories puppets songs rhymes and receive a free book from our Book Express. Sans Souci is located at 1526 13th street

Wed, Jan 22, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus - Story Time Room
Tuesdays and Wednesdays offered twice to allow more Children to attend. Both storytimes are the same please choose one. First come, first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Wed, Jan 22, 11:00am - 11:30am
Columbus - Story Time Room
Tuesdays and Wednesdays offered twice to allow more Children to attend. Both storytimes are the same please choose one. First come, first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Thu, Jan 23, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus - Story Time Room
Tuesdays and Wednesdays offered twice to allow more Children to attend. Both storytimes are the same please choose one. First come, first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Sat, Jan 25, 10:30am - 11:00am
Columbus - Story Time Room
Join us for a Special Saturday Storytime featuring Superheroes! Followed by a fun craft. This program is geared for ages 1-5 but all are welcome.

Tue, Jan 28, 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Columbus - Story Time Room
French Storytime in collaboration with Columbus IN Accueil.

Tue, Jan 28, 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Columbus - Story Time Room
French Storytime in collaboration with Columbus IN Accueil.

Fri, Jan 31, 10:30am - 11:00am
Columbus - Story Time Room
Come enjoy this Spanish Storytime. This event is in collaboration with Family School Partners.

Mon, Feb 03, 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Columbus - Story Time Room
Come enjoy a nighttime snack as you listen to stories under twinkling lights! This program is first come first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Tue, Feb 04, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus - Story Time Room
Tuesdays and Wednesdays offered twice to allow more Children to attend. Both storytimes are the same please choose one. First come, first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Wed, Feb 05, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus - Story Time Room
Tuesdays and Wednesdays offered twice to allow more Children to attend. Both storytimes are the same please choose one. First come, first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Wed, Feb 05, 11:00am - 11:30am
Columbus - Story Time Room
Tuesdays and Wednesdays offered twice to allow more Children to attend. Both storytimes are the same please choose one. First come, first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Thu, Feb 06, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus - Story Time Room
Tuesdays and Wednesdays offered twice to allow more Children to attend. Both storytimes are the same please choose one. First come, first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Thu, Feb 06, 11:00am - 11:30am
Columbus - Story Time Room
Join us for rhymes songs books & fun just for babies! This program is first come first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Mon, Feb 10, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Columbus - Story Time Room
Come enjoy a nighttime snack as you listen to stories under twinkling lights! This program is first come first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Mon, Feb 10, 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Columbus - Story Time Room
Come enjoy a nighttime snack as you listen to stories under twinkling lights! This program is first come first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Tue, Feb 11, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus - Story Time Room
Tuesdays and Wednesdays are offered twice to allow more Children to attend. Both are the same- choose one. This program is first come first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Tue, Feb 11, 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Columbus - Story Time Room
French Storytime in collaboration with Columbus IN Accueil.

Tue, Feb 11, 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Columbus - Story Time Room
French Storytime in collaboration with Columbus IN Accueil.

Wed, Feb 12, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus - Story Time Room
Tuesdays and Wednesdays are offered twice to allow more Children to attend. Both are the same- choose one. This program is first come first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Wed, Feb 12, 11:00am - 11:30am
Columbus - Story Time Room
Tuesdays and Wednesdays are offered twice to allow more Children to attend. Both are the same- choose one. This program is first come first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Thu, Feb 13, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus - Story Time Room
Tuesdays and Wednesdays are offered twice to allow more Children to attend. Both are the same- choose one. This program is first come first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Fri, Feb 14, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Columbus - Non-Library Location (See description)
The Bartholomew County Public Library will be leading a pop-up storytime for those visiting the the WIC office. Enjoy stories puppets songs rhymes and receive a free book from the Book Express.

Mon, Feb 17, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Columbus - Non-Library Location (See description)
Join the Bartholomew County Public Library for this pop-up storytime. Enjoy stories puppets songs rhymes and receive a free book from our Book Express. Sans Souci is located at 1526 13th street

Mon, Feb 17, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Columbus - Story Time Room
Come enjoy a nighttime snack as you listen to stories under twinkling lights! This program is first come first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Mon, Feb 17, 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Columbus - Story Time Room
Come enjoy a nighttime snack as you listen to stories under twinkling lights! This program is first come first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Tue, Feb 18, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus - Story Time Room
Tuesdays and Wednesdays are offered twice to allow more Children to attend. Both are the same- choose one. This program is first come first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Tue, Feb 18, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Columbus - Non-Library Location (See description)
Join the Bartholomew County Public Library for this pop-up storytime. Enjoy stories puppets songs rhymes and receive a free book from our Book Express. Sans Souci is located at 1526 13th street

Wed, Feb 19, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus - Story Time Room
Offered twice to allow more Children to attend. Both are the same- choose one. This program is first come first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Wed, Feb 19, 11:00am - 11:30am
Columbus - Story Time Room
Offered twice to allow more Children to attend. Both are the same- choose one. This program is first come first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

This Month at Storytime . . . 

Week 1 (12/30-1/2 ): Off Week - No storytimes
Week 2 (1/6-1/9): Yawn! Bedtime!
Week 3: (1/13-1/16): Knitting and getting cozy
Week 4 (1/20-1/23): snow!
Week 5 (1/27-1/30): Off Week- no storytimes
Frequently Asked Questions
How often do you have storytimes?
We offer public storytimes 4 days a week, 3 weeks per month. We also schedule special storytimes on weekends or for special events, so be sure to keep an eye on our calendar!
Who can attend storytime?
Anyone, so long as they are accompanied by a child! We offer age-appropriate storytimes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and mixed-age groups, so you can choose which storytime session best meets the needs of your child.

We do ask that you limit adult attendance to 2 adults per child in order to maintain a comfortable amount of space for participants.
Can older or younger siblings attend storytime, too?
Yes! However, we do ask that younger and older siblings be respectful of participants from the intended age group, and allow them to select seats, props, and/or toys first so that everyone can participate and have a good time.
Can my child attend a storytime for a different age group than their own?
Of course! It is ultimately up to you to determine which storytime session is the best fit for your child. Please do keep in mind, however, that we plan stories and activities according to children's developmental stages, so what we do in one session may or may not match what we do in other sessions (for instance, we do a lot more getting up and moving in our 1s-2s storytime than we do in our Just for Babies sessions).

In particular, the stories selected for our 3s-5s (PreK) storytimes are much longer than those used in our 1s-2s (toddler) storytimes, so please be mindful of your child's attention span when choosing which storytime sessions to attend.
What kinds of storytime programs do you offer?
We offer age-appropriate storytimes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and mixed-age groups. Read more about our weekly storytime programs below.
Just for Babies
“Just for Babies” is specifically designed to cater to the interests and abilities of our tiniest patrons. We read two or three short stories - just right for baby’s limited attention span. We sing, rhyme, bounce, and clap. Sometimes we play with scarves, or with shakers. We ALWAYS spend the last 15 minutes just playing and socializing (that includes parents, too)! The program lasts about 30 minutes.

“Just for Babies” meets three Thursdays a month from 11:00 - 11:30a.m. in the storytime room.
1's and 2's Storytime
“1's and 2's” is our toddler storytime program. We read two or three short stories, we sing, rhyme, move, and clap, and sometimes we play with scarves or with shakers.

“1's and 2's” meets on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. in the Storytime Room, and lasts about 20 minutes. Both sessions are the same.
3's-5's Storytime
“3's -5's” is our public preschool-age storytime program. We read three stories, we sing, rhyme, move, and clap, and sometimes we play with scarves or with shakers. We always conclude with a craft or activity.

“3's -5's” meets on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in the Storytime Room. Both sessions are the same.
Starlit Storytime and Starlit Storytime Jr.
"Starlit Storytime” and "Starlit Storytime Jr." are our weekday evening storytime programs for 3-8 year olds and 0-3 year olds, respectively. We read 2-3 stories and eat a fun snack under the twinkle lights in the storytime room.

Starlit Storytime Jr. (0-3 yr olds) meets from 6:00-6:20.
Starlit Storytime (3-8 yr olds) meets from 7:00-7:30.

Both programs meet on Monday evenings in the storytime room.


What if my child cannot sit still or is disruptive?
Every child is different, and almost all of them go through a storytime learning phase, during which they observe, participate, and figure out what it is they are supposed to do during storytime. We expect this! It generally lasts just a few weeks. We do our best to accommodate and redirect children when necessary. If your child is being exceptionally disruptive (screaming, throwing a tantrum, etc), you may always step out of the storytime room for a break and rejoin us if and when your child is ready.

Keep in mind that you as the caregiver set the most powerful example for your child, and so we highly encourage you to sit quietly during stories and participate in songs and rhymes with us to model appropriate behavior. You'll probably have more fun if you participate, too!
Other kids are misbehaving during storytime!
Yes, sometimes children do misbehave during storytime. And it often takes children a few weeks to learn what to expect AND what is expected of them at storytime.

While we may redirect children at times (particularly if they are obstructing other children's view), we understand and are accepting of developmentally appropriate behaviors from childen, including difficulty sitting still or keeping quiet. It is EXTREMELY rare that we will ask a child/caregiver to leave storytime.

Ultimately, it is caregivers who are responsible for their children's behavior.
Do you offer storytimes in languages other than English?
Yes! We offer French and Spanish storytime every month in conjunction with community partners. If you would like to see a storytime offered in another language, or if you or someone you know would be interested in offering a storytime in that language, please reach out and contact us.
How do I sign up for storytime?
You don’t need to register in advance to attend storytime - all you need to do is show up. If you have the time, you can pick up a nametag for your child at the circulation desk, but this isn’t required (although it does help us to learn our young friends’ names).