Portland Storytimes

Library Storytime

There are so many options for exposing your kids to good books in Portland. Of course, there are storytimes at your local library – you can go every day of the week in fact if you like! But many local bookstores, coffee shops, and community centers offer storytimes too. Below is our comprehensive compilation of all things story – enjoy!

Below you will find the general storytime schedule – it does not include cancellations. Please be sure to double check with the storyteller or host venue to make sure storytimes are still happening.

Last updated November 2013

Library Storytimes

Descriptions
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Non-Library Storytimes

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Library Storytimes

Descriptions

Black Story Time: The African and African American experience comes alive for children from birth to age 6 (with a favorite adult). In a positive and affirming environment, have fun with books and stories, songs and movement activities. Black Storytime builds language and literacy skills your child needs to be ready for kindergarten.

Book Babies: Babies from birth to 12 months (with a favorite adult) enjoy songs, action rhymes, and playtime and share a book together in each lively Book Babies session. Book Babies gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other young families.

Tiny Tots: One-year-olds (with a favorite adult) enjoy songs, movement activities, rhymes, books and playtime. This action-packed program engages new walkers in language-based activities.

Toddler Storytime: Two-year-olds (with a favorite adult) enjoy interactive stories, songs and games that encourage their emerging language skills.

Preschool Storytime: Children from ages 3 to 6 (with a favorite adult) have fun with engaging books, songs and activities as they build their early literacy skills.

Family Storytime: Children from birth to age 6 (with a favorite adult) enjoy books, songs, rhymes and movement activities while building language and literacy skills.

Chinese/English Storytime. Presented in Mandarin and English for children ages 3-7 years with adult.

Chinese (Cantonese) Storytime. Presented in Cantonese for children ages 0-6 years with adult.

Hora de Cuentos: Se presentan cuentos, canciones y rimas en español para familias con niños de 0 a 6 años de edad.

Preschool Sensory Storytime: This storytime, open to all preschoolers, is especially geared to children with sensory integration issues. If your child has difficulty sitting through one of the library’s other storytimes, this program of stories, songs and activities may be just what you are looking for. We encourage you to talk with the youth librarian before attending, so she can learn more about your child and alert you to procedures that help the library cope with room capacity issues. Renea Arnold, Early Childhood Services supervisor, welcomes your comments and suggestions about this storytime at 503-988-5458.

Vietnamese Storytime: Presented in Vietnamese for children ages 0-6 (with a favorite adult).

Pajama Time: Put on your pajamas, grab a bedtime buddy, and join us for stories, songs and fun. For children 6 years and younger (with a favorite adult).

 

Monday

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave, Toddler Story Time, 10:15 – 10:45, Preschool Storytime, 11:15 – 11:30

Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd, Book Babies, 10:15 – 10:45

Hollywood Library, 4040 NE Tillamook St., Toddler Story Time, 10:15 – 10:45

Belmont Library, 1038 SE 39th Ave, Toddler Story Time, 10:15 – 10:30, Book Babies, 11:45 – 12:30

Gresham Library, 385 NW Miller Ave, Family Storytime, 10:30 – 11

Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave, Family Storytime, 11:15 – 11:45

Albina Library, 3605 NE 15th Ave., Pajama Time, 6:30 -7

Tuesday

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave, Tiny Tots, 10:15-11, Preschool Storytime, 11:15-12, Hora de Cuentos, 5-5:45

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd., Toddler Story Time, 12:15-1

St. Johns Library, 7510 N. Charleston Ave., Preschool Storytime, 3-3:30

Hollywood Library, 4040 NE Tillamook St., Tiny Tots, 10:15-10:45, Tiny Tots, 3:30-4

Belmont Library, 1038 SE 39th Ave, Toddler Story Time, 10:15-10:45, Book Babies, 11:15-12

Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd, Tiny Tots, 10:15-10:45, Preschool Storytime, 11:30-12

Troutdale Library, 2451 SW Cherry Park Rd, Pajama Time, 6:30-7

 

Wednesday

Albina Library, 3605 NE 15th Ave., Toddler Story Time, 9:30-10

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd., Tiny Tots, 10:15-11

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave, Toddler Story Time, 11:15-11:45

St. Johns Library, 7510 N. Charleston Ave., Black Story Time, 10-10:30 Hora de Cuentos, 11-1:30

Sellwood-Moreland Library, 7860 SE 13th Ave., Toddler Story Time, 10-10:30, Tiny Tots, 11-11:30

North Portland Library, 512 N. Killingsworth St., Hora de Cuentos, 10:15-10:45

Northwest Library, 2300 NW Thurman Street, Book Babies, 11:15-11:45

 

Thursday

Albina Library, 3605 NE 15th Ave., Tiny Tots, 9:30-10

Woodstock Library, 6008 SE 49th Ave, Tiny Tots, 9:30-10

Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Hwy, Toddler Story Time, 10-10:45

St. Johns Library, 7510 N. Charleston Ave., Toddler Story Time, 10-10:30, Tiny Tots, 11-11:30

Sellwood-Moreland Library, 7860 SE 13th Ave., Preschool Storytime, 10-10:30

Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave., Tiny Tots, 10:15-11

Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd, Tiny Tots, 10:15-10:45, Book Babies, 11:15-11:45

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd., Preschool Storytime, 10:15-10:45

Kenton Library, 8226 N. Denver Ave., Book Babies, 10:15-10:45, Tiny Tots, 11:15-11:45

North Portland Library, 512 N. Killingsworth St., Book Babies, 10:15-10:45, Preschool Storytime, 10:45-11:15, Tiny Tots, 11:30-12

Fairview-Columbia Library, 1520 NE Village St, Toddler Story Time, 10:15-10:45, Preschool Storytime, 11:15-11:45

Northwest Library, 2300 NW Thurman Street, Tiny Tots, 10:15-10:45, Preschool Storytime, 10:45-11:15, Preschool Storytime, 11:15-11:45

Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark, Book Babies, 11:15-11:45, Russian Storytime, 5-5:30

Capitol Hill Library, 10723 SW Capitol Hwy, Preschool Storytime, 11-11:45 beginning 2/7

Belmont Library, 1038 SE 39th Ave, Preschool Storytime, 11:15-12

Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave., Toddler Story Time, 11:15-11:45

Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd, Book Babies, 11:15-11:45, Vietnamese Storytime, 4:15-5

Hollywood Library, 4040 NE Tillamook St., Tiny Tots, 11:15-11:45

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave, Tiny Tots, 12:15-12:45, Family Storytime, 6:30-7

Troutdale Library, 2451 SW Cherry Park Rd,Preschool Storytime, 11:15-12

Gresham Library, 385 NW Miller Ave, Toddler Story Time, 11-11:30, Book Babies, 3-3:30

 

Friday

Albina Library, 3605 NE 15th Ave., Book Babies, 9:30-10, Family Storytime, 11 – 11:30

Woodstock Library, 6008 SE 49th Ave, Toddler Story Time, 9:30-10, Preschool Storytime, 10:30 -11, Tiny Tots, 3 – 3:30

Sellwood-Moreland Library, 7860 SE 13th Ave., Toddler Story Time, 10-10:30, Book Babies 11 – 11:30

St. Johns Library, 7510 N. Charleston Ave., Book Babies, 10-10:30

Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd, Toddler Story Time, 11:30 – 12

Belmont Library, 1038 SE 39th Ave, Tiny Tots, 10:15-11, Preschool Storytime, 11:15 – 12

Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd, Toddler Story Time, 10:15-10:45, Preschool Storytime, 11:15 – 11:45

Hollywood Library, 4040 NE Tillamook St., Book Babies, 10:15 – 10:45, Preschool Storytime, 11:30 – 12

Kenton Library, 8226 N. Denver Ave., Toddler Story Time, 10:15-10:45, Preschool Storytime, 11:15 – 11: 45

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave, Toddler Story Time 10:15-11,

Northwest Library, 2300 NW Thurman Street, Tiny Tots, 10:15-10:45, Toddler Story Time, 11:15 – 11:45

 

Saturday

Woodstock Library, 6008 SE 49th Ave, Preschool Sensory Storytime, 9:15-9:45, Book Babies, 10:30 – 11

Belmont Library, 1038 SE 39th Ave, Family Storytime, 10:15-10:45

Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave., Family Storytime, 10:15-10:45, Book Babies, 11 – 11:30

Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd, Hora de Cuentos, 10:15-10:45, Family Storytime, 11:15 – 11:45

Kenton Library, 8226 N. Denver Ave., Family Storytime, 10:15-10:45, Hora de Cuentos, 11:15 – 11:30

Northwest Library, 2300 NW Thurman Street, Family Story Time, 10:15-10:45

North Portland Library, 512 N. Killingsworth St., Black Story Time, 10:30-11

Woodstock Library, 6008 SE 49th Ave, Book Babies, 10:30-11

Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave., Book Babies, 11-11:30

St. Johns Library, 7510 N. Charleston Ave., Family Storytime, 11-11:30

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave, Black Story Time, 11:30-12, Chinese (Cantonese) Storytime, 2 – 2:45

Rockwood Library, 17917 SE Stark, Hora de Cuentos, 1-1:30

 

Sunday

Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd., Vietnamese Storytime, 1 – 1:30, Chinese (Cantonese) Storytime, 2:15 – 2:45

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave, Vietnamese Storytime, 1- 1:30, Family Storytime, 3 – 3:30

Fairview-Columbia Library, 1520 NE Village St, Hora de Cuentos 2:00 – 2:30

Woodstock Library, 6008 SE 49th Ave, Chinese/English Storytime, 3 – 3:30

 

 

Non-Library Storytimes

Tuesday

Warehouse Cafe, 3434 SE Milwaukie. Olive Rootbeer and Dingo the clown sing music, tell stories, and make crazy balloon creations. 10-11. $5 donation.

Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta. Listen to carefully selected books at this quirky and lovely Portland bookstore. 11-11:30. Free! (Also check their web site for other storytimes, including a monthly Sign Language Storytime with Dawn Prochovnic!)

Wednesday

Sound Grounds Cafe, 3701 SE Belmont. Olive Rootbeer and Dingo the clown sing music, tell stories, and make crazy balloon creations. 10-11. $5 donation.

Thursday

A Children’s Place Bookstore, 4807 NE Fremont. A variety of books for different age groups will be read. 10:30-11. Free!

Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta. Listen to carefully selected books at this quirky and lovely Portland bookstore. 3:30 – 4 PM . Free! Also, every third Thursday (except in the summer) enjoy a puppet play at 3:30pm.

Friday

Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta. This monthly Spanish Storytime takes place the first Friday of the month. 11:15-11:45. Free!

Lilikoi Coffee, 2620 SE Powell. Olive Rootbeer and Dingo the clown sing music, tell stories, and make crazy balloon creations. 4:30 PM. $5 donation.

Saturday

Powell’s Books, 1005 W. Burnside. Join for a weekly storytime. The book chosen is announced ahead of time on Powell’s website. 11 AM. Free!

compiled by Tabitha Rhodes

  • Rebecca Brown

    Art AlaCarte in North Portland also has story times. They may change every month what day they happen. I believe storytime is free but to stay and do crafts after costs $.

    http://www.artalacartepdx.com/calendar/