Story Time Stars

Help your child build early literacy skills at our Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch’s Story Time Stars.

Story Time Stars

We sat down with Laura Stanfield, the children’s services librarian at our Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch, to learn how story times like Story Time Stars are beneficial.

What exactly are early literacy skills? Learning to read?

When we talk about early literacy, we don’t necessarily mean teaching children to read. Instead, we are referring to skills that help get children ready to learn to read. There are many skills that make learning to read easier by building a strong foundation. Our story times focus on five different ways to help develop early literacy skills.

What are the five ways?

We help develop early literacy skills through:

  • Playing
  • Reading
  • Singing
  • Talking
  • Writing

Can you tell us how you develop those skills through playing, reading and singing?

Play is serious business for kids. When kids play pretend, they are using one object to represent another. This is the same concept that they will need to understand that the letters a-p-p-l-e stand for an apple. Dramatic play helps develop narrative skills which help kids follow a story when they read on their own.

Books and libraries go together like peanut butter and jelly. Making reading an enjoyable experience helps kids want to learn to read. Making reading an interactive experience helps kids feel successful. Story times are an excellent way to have fun and interact with books.

Songs and rhymes are a staple of our story times. They are a great way to help kids hear small sounds that make up words. Being able to hear these individual sounds will help kids sound out words when they learn to read.

What about talking and writing?

Talking to your child builds vocabulary. The more words a child knows, the easier it is for them to read. We don’t just read a book at story time. We ask questions and guess what might happen next. We also have games and other activities that give you the opportunity to have a conversation with your child.

Writing, in this context, doesn’t mean writing letters or words. Instead, it means any activity that builds fine motor skills. Activities like coloring, doing a finger play to the Itsy Bitsy Spider and squishing hands in kinetic sand are all fantastic ways to work out finger muscles.

What story time can kids attend to start learning these skills?

Story Time Stars is every Tuesday at our Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch at 10 am. The story time offers books that appeal to all ages, and games and activities that can be adapted for younger or older children. One of my main goals is to make the story time fun and exciting for kids. The more fun they have, the more they will want to read.

Story Times

We have over fifteen story times to choose from in addition to Story Time Stars. Find the one that fits your schedule best below.

 
 

Baby Story Time

Friday, February 23, 2024, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  Family  Story Times  

Puppy Tales

Attendance FULL/Waitlist Available
Registration Required
Friday, February 23, 2024, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, February 26, 2024, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Monday, February 26, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Ready for K Through Play

Monday, February 26, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, February 26, 2024, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Together Time Tales

Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Preschool Story Time

Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  Family  Story Times  

Baby Bounce & Rhyme

Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Cozy Time for Babies

Registration Required
Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Time

Thursday, February 29, 2024, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Wigglers

Registration Required
Thursday, February 29, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Preschool Time

Thursday, February 29, 2024, 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Story Time

Friday, March 1, 2024, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  Family  Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, March 4, 2024, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Monday, March 4, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Ready for K Through Play

Monday, March 4, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children        Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, March 4, 2024, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Together Time Tales

Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children        Story Times  

Preschool Story Time

Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  Family  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Cozy Time for Babies

Registration Required
Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Bounce & Rhyme

Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, March 6, 2024, 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Time

Thursday, March 7, 2024, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Wigglers

Registration Required
Thursday, March 7, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Preschool Time

Thursday, March 7, 2024, 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Story Time

Friday, March 8, 2024, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  Family  Story Times  

Baby Hoopsters

Registration Required
Saturday, March 9, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, March 11, 2024, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Monday, March 11, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Ready for K Through Play

Monday, March 11, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children        Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, March 11, 2024, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Together Time Tales

Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Preschool Story Time

Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  Family  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Cozy Time for Babies

Registration Required
Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Bounce & Rhyme

Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Time with Melodies to Grow On

Thursday, March 14, 2024, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Wigglers

Registration Required
Thursday, March 14, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Preschool Time

Thursday, March 14, 2024, 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Story Time

Friday, March 15, 2024, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  Family  Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, March 18, 2024, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Monday, March 18, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Ready For K Through Play

Monday, March 18, 2024 - Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Monday, March 18, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children        Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, March 18, 2024, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Together Time Tales

Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Preschool Story Time

Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  Family  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Cozy Time for Babies

Registration Required
Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Bounce & Rhyme

Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Time

Thursday, March 21, 2024, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Wigglers

Registration Required
Thursday, March 21, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Preschool Time

Thursday, March 21, 2024, 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Story Time

Friday, March 22, 2024, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  Family  Story Times  

Puppy Tales

Registration Required
Friday, March 22, 2024, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, March 25, 2024, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Monday, March 25, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Ready for K

Monday, March 25, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children        Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, March 25, 2024, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Together Time Tales

Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Preschool Story Time

Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  Family  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Cozy Time for Babies

Registration Required
Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Bounce & Rhyme

Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Time

Thursday, March 28, 2024, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Wigglers

Registration Required
Thursday, March 28, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Preschool Time

Thursday, March 28, 2024, 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Story Time

Friday, March 29, 2024, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Children  Family  Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, April 1, 2024, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Monday, April 1, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Ready for K Through Play

Monday, April 1, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children    Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, April 1, 2024, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Together Time Tales

Tuesday, April 2, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Tuesday, April 2, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children        Story Times  

Preschool Story Time

Tuesday, April 2, 2024, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, April 3, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Cozy Time for Babies

Registration Required
Wednesday, April 3, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Bounce & Rhyme

Wednesday, April 3, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, April 3, 2024, 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Time with Melodies to Grow On

Thursday, April 4, 2024, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Wigglers

Registration Required
Thursday, April 4, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Preschool Time

Thursday, April 4, 2024, 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Story Time

Friday, April 5, 2024, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, April 8, 2024, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Monday, April 8, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Ready for K Through Play

Monday, April 8, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children        Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, April 8, 2024, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Together Time Tales

Tuesday, April 9, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Tuesday, April 9, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children        Story Times  

Preschool Story Time

Tuesday, April 9, 2024, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, April 10, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Cozy Time for Babies

Registration Required
Wednesday, April 10, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Bounce & Rhyme

Wednesday, April 10, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, April 10, 2024, 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Time

Thursday, April 11, 2024, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Wigglers

Registration Required
Thursday, April 11, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Preschool Time

Thursday, April 11, 2024, 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Story Time

Friday, April 12, 2024, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  Story Times  

The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Eric Carle for Babies

Registration Required
Saturday, April 13, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, April 15, 2024, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Monday, April 15, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Ready for K Through Play

Monday, April 15, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children        Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, April 15, 2024, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Together Time Tales

Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children        Story Times  

Preschool Story Time

Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Cozy Time for Babies

Registration Required
Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Bounce & Rhyme

Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Time

Thursday, April 18, 2024, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Wigglers

Registration Required
Thursday, April 18, 2024, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Preschool Time

Thursday, April 18, 2024, 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Story Time

Friday, April 19, 2024, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  Story Times  

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