Please follow the age recommendations for children’s events and only sign up children whose ages fall within the range specified in the event description. Library performers and presenters prepare for specific age groups so that children won’t get bored or confused by material that is not age-appropriate.
Some events are for children only. Parents of special-needs children are always welcome to attend with their children.
Storytime: What to Expect
Just for babies and their grownups! Bring your baby for some cozy, active time on your lap. Baby storytime is designed for meaningful one-on-one interaction between baby and caregiver. We’ll have songs, rhymes, a book or two, and plenty of activities for both of you that are developmentally appropriate for children from birth to when they start walking. Storytime is followed by some time to stay and play with your baby or talk to other caregivers. This storytime is geared toward ages 0-18 months.
Get a jump start on reading at this early literacy storytime geared just for toddlers. The librarian leads the group in a variety of action-oriented books, fingerplays, songs, and rhymes. These activities provide a fun environment for toddlers to exercise important motor skills and practice using their vocabulary. Children are encouraged to engage with the stories and activities, and their grownups to participate in the program along with the children. Recommended for children age 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers.
Regular attendance at preschool storytime can ease the transition to school and promote a love of reading. Preschool storytime is packed full of opportunities for kids to practice their early literacy skills. The librarian leads the prechoolers in a variety of interactive books, songs, and rhymes designed to strengthen your child’s reading readiness. Recommended for children ages 3 to 5.
Library meeting rooms have maximum occupancy limits (set by the Fairfax County Fire Marshal) that must be observed at all times. Due to space limitations, it may be necessary for strollers to remain outside of the room during an event.
Please arrive on time so that everyone can enjoy the event.
Daycare centers and other large groups
If you operate a daycare service, please contact your local branch to inquire about arranging a program or tour for your group.
What to do if an event is full
If an event your child wants to attend is already full, check the calendar for similar events at other library branches.
Services for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing
Please ask for signed language interpretation or assistive listening devices when you sign up. Two weeks advance notice is recommended. Contact individual branches to make arrangements.
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