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Tips for making Storytime an enjoyable experience

  • Please plan to arrive 5 minutes early so your child can get settled before storytime begins.
  • Toddler & Preschool Storytime begin at 10:30 a.m. Latecomers will not be admitted, as it is disruptive to the group
  • Some restlessness is understandable in young children, but if your child is extremely noisy or wanders around the room, we ask that you please take him/her out of the storytime.
  • Food or drink, except water bottles, are not permitted in the library.
  • When checking out your books, we ask that you keep your child near you for his/her safety and remind him/her to continue to speak softly.

We hope that your child's library experience is the beginning of a lifetime love of literature and learning.

Storytimes at Orange Public Library & History Center

  • Morning Storytime: (Newborn - age 5) Provides active young children with stories, fingerplays and songs based on simple concepts, repetition, and lots of movement. 
  • Lapsit Storytime: (Newborn - age 2) Provides babies with a first group experience in enjoying books, nursery rhymes, songs and fingerplays.
  • Pajama Storytime: (all ages) Enjoy a good story before bedtime! Children may wear their pajamas to this fun family storytime.

Don't forget to get your child a library card of his or her own! There is no age limit!

The Most Important 20 Minutes of Your Day

"ALL OF US love our children more than anything in the world. In their first years we feed them so they grow. We bring them to the doctor so they are healthy. We strap them in car seats so they are safe.

But the most important thing in the first years of life is the growth of the mind and spirit. This is when a child learns to love and trust, to speak and listen.

After a child turns two years old, these things are very difficult to learn or to teach ever again. Trusting, singing, laughing, and language are the most important things in a young child's life.

And so they must come first for mothers and fathers, too. Because we can never have those years over again. Every day, make a quiet, restful place for twenty minutes. Put your child in your lap and read a book aloud. In the pages of the book you will find a tiny vacation of privacy and intense love. It costs nothing but twenty minutes and a library card.

Reading to your little one is just like putting gold coins in the bank. It will pay you back tenfold. Your daughter will learn, and imagine, and be strong in herself. Your son will thrive, and give your love back forever."

Rosemary Wells

Reprinted with permission from "Read to your Bunny" published by Scholastic Press.

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