16 Children's Story Times at Local Libraries

The little ones will enjoy reading aloud, songs, crafts and more at Rhode Island's many libraries.

As the weather turn chillier, moms, dads and caregivers are looking for something indoors to do with the wee ones (free activities don't hurt either!). Most local libraries have children’s story times geared toward certain age ranges, but you have to register for most of them by a certain date. There are some drop-in story times available for which registration isn't required. We know this list doesn't include every story time in Rhode Island so our goal is to continuously update it. Here’s what we found out from our local libraries. Please check websites or call before attending to be sure there is availability.


1. Barrington

Barrington Public Library, 281 County Rd., Barrington, 401-247-1920, barringtonlibrary.org

Current story times are full, but there are three winter story times coming up for which you must register. Register on Nov. 23 at 9:30 a.m. for a story time taking place on Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. for children ages three and older; register on Nov. 30 at 9:30 a.m. for a story time taking place on Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. for ages birth to three years old; register on Dec. 7 at 9:30 a.m. for a story time taking place on Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. for ages three and up. There are only fifteen spots available. You may register in person at the library or by calling 401-247-1920, ext. 4.


2. Bristol

Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope St., Bristol, 401-253-6948, rogersfreelibrary.org/storytime

The Rogers Free Library requires registration to attend story time. Current story times are full, but the next registration date is Dec. 14 at 9 a.m. for a winter session that begins Jan. 4 at 9:30 a.m. Story time for Tiny Tots (two- and three-year-olds) will be offered Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays (choose one) at 9:30 a.m. in the Children’s Department. The program includes stories, rhymes, songs, a craft, snack and fun. Story time for preschool children (four- and five-year-olds) will be offered on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Children’s Department for a program that includes stories, rhymes, songs, a craft and snack. Sessions are six weeks long and sign-ups are required at the children’s desk. Drop-ins are discouraged as there is usually a waitlist to attend.


3. Burrillville

Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library, 100 Tinkham Ln., Harrisville, 401-710-7800, jmslibrary.org

The library host story times throughout the week for different age groups. Mother Goose Time, Fridays at 10:30 a.m., is for ages birth to eighteen months. Stories and More with Miss Lisa, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., is for ages one to three; and Preschool Storytime with Miss Lisa, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., is for children ages three to six. The program include books, songs and a creative activity. Pre-registration is necessary and may be done in person or by calling 401-710-7800.


4. Charlestown

Cross Mills' Public Library, 4417 Old Post Rd., Charlestown, 401-364-6211, crossmills.org/events.shtml

Story time and crafts take place Tuesdays at 10 a.m. for ages two to five, plus there is Music with Mr. Mike on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. for infants up to age three, and at 11 a.m. for ages three and up. Registration is not necessary.


5. East Greenwich

East Greenwich Free Library, 82 Peirce St., East Greenwich, 401-884-9510, eastgreenwichlibrary.org

There are a few spots remaining for story times at the East Greenwich Free Library for sessions that begin November 10 and continue through December 17. The Mother Goose group includes infants and toddlers from three months to twenty-three months, and it takes place on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. There's one spot remaining for two-year-olds for toddler story time on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.. Preschool story time on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. for three- to five-year-olds is full. You can call the library to reserve your spot at 401-884-9510, ext. 4. Registration is rolling, and there is a wait list if sessions are full.


6. East Providence

East Providence Riverside Branch, 475 Bullocks Point Ave., East Providence, 401-433-4877; Weaver Library, 41 Grove Ave., East Providence,  401-434-2453, eastprovidencelibrary.org

On Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., children from birth to three years old can enjoy story time at the Riverside branch, while on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m., children from birth to three years old can enjoy story time at the Weaver Library. Sessions last thirty minutes.


7. Little Compton

Brownell Public Library, 44 Commons, Little Compton, 401-635-8562, brownell-libraryri.org/children

Early winter story hours begin on November 9 through December 22. Baby and toddler story time takes place on Mondays at 11 a.m. and preschool story time, including a craft, takes place on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. There will be no story time on December 1. Call ahead to attend.


8. Newport

Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St., Newport, 401-847-8720, newportlibraryri.org

The Newport Library hosts story times for all ages including school age children. Baby Bookworms from birth to twenty-four months have story time on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. through Dec. 17; Tales for 2s for two-year-olds happens Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. through Dec. 15; Story Fun is for ages two to four and it takes place Sat. Nov. 14 and Dec. 12 at 10:30 a.m., and includes reading aloud, songs and a simple craft.  Step-Up Story Time for ages three and four years old, takes place Thursdays at 11 a.m. through Dec. 17. No story times Nov. 24 and 26. No registration required.


9. Providence

Chace Children’s Discovery Library at Providence Public Library, 150 Empire St., Providence, 401-455-8000, provlib.org

Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to noon is lap-sit story time for infants and toddlers up to eighteen months. Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m. feature the Cradles to Crayons program for ages one to three years old. This includes play, story time and songs. Sundays at 2 p.m., enjoy family learning activities geared to ages five to eight with their parents/caregivers. Subjects focus on music, art, science. nature and dance. Registration is required for all Tuesday and Friday programs. Please contact Anne Kilkenny at 401-455-8098 or Bonnie Lilienthal at 401-455-8025 for more information or to register. Please arrive on time as doors will be closed.


10. Providence Community Libraries, provcomlib.org

There are many different Providence community libraries that host children's story times on different schedules including Fox Point Library, Washington Park Library, Smith Hill Library, Rochambeau Library, South Providence Library and Knight Memorial Library. Check the site calendar to find specific dates and times for story times on Mondays through Thursdays, including Baby Books Story Time, Cradle to Crayons and Preschool Story Time.


11. South Kingstown

South Kingstown Public Library, 2605 Kingstown Rd., Kingston, 401-783-8254; Peace Dale Library, 1057 Kingstown Rd., Peace Dale, 401-783-4085, skpl.org

All sessions are drop-in and run through December 17. The Kingston Library hosts family story time for all ages Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. The Peace Dale location hosts wigglers (ages six months to age two) on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Terrific Twos and Threes on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; and Preschoolers (ages three-and-a-half to six) on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.


12. Warren

George Hail Free Library, 530 Main St., Warren, 401-245-7686, georgehail.org

The George Hail Free Library hosts drop-in story times for the little ones and there is no need to register. Story times take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday sessions are geared toward three- to five- year-olds, while Thursdays focus on two-year-olds, though brothers and sisters are always welcome. The morning includes stories, finger plays, a craft and a short movie.


13. Warwick

Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Ln., Warwick, 401-739-5440, warwicklibrary.org

All story times in Warwick are drop-in, so no need to register! Babies and Books takes place Mondays or Tuesdays at 10:45 a.m. (choose one), and it's geared toward infants and toddlers ages two and younger with a caregiver. Toddler Time takes place on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays at 9:45 a.m. (choose one), and it's for ages twenty months through three years with a caregiver. Preschooler story time takes on Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m. for three- to five-year-olds with an adult, and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for three- to five-year-olds by themselves. The K-3 Kids Club takes place every Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. for school kids in grades kindergarten through third grade by themselves.


14. Apponaug, Warwick Branch

3267 Post Rd., Warwick, 401-739-6411, warwicklibrary.org

Story times for three- to five-year-olds take place on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.


15. Conimicut, Warwick Branch

55 Beach Ave., Warwick, 401-737-6546, warwicklibrary.org

Stories for three- to five-year-olds take place on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. There are also drop-in crafts for ages five to ten on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.


16. Norwood, Warwick Branch

328 Pawtuxet  Ave., Warwick, 401-941-7545, warwicklibrary.org

Stories for three- to five-year-olds take place on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. There are also drop-in crafts for ages five to ten available all week, with a new craft on Mondays.