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SPL story times

Toddler story time at SPL's Columbia Branch.

Seattle Public Library in-person story times are back!

Popular weekly preschool events return to local library branches

Load up the stuffies and get ready to hear some great tales because Seattle Public Library (SPL)  in-person story times are back

During story time sessions, age-appropriate stories are read aloud by branch workers and children up to age 5 are invited to participate in rhymes, songs, activities, and movement. Programs run 30 to 90 minutes depending on the branch. All are free. 

Keep in mind that story times are popular and space is limited. You do no need to register, but consider arriving early to claim your child’s seat.

There’s an SPL story time every day of the week somewhere in the city. Each one occurs weekly at the same time and place. Some are offered in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, and Somali. To see all SPL story times, go to the library’s calendar.

Branches and story times:

Mondays
  • Southwest Branch: Mondays 12 – 12:30 p.m., ages 0-2, 9010 35th Ave. S.W.
  • Rainer Beach Branch: Mondays 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., ages 0-5, 9125 Rainier Ave. S.
Tuesdays
  • South Park Branch: Tuesdays 10:30 – 11 a.m., ages 3-5, 8604 Eighth Ave. S.
  • Central Branch: Tuesday 12 – 1 p.m., ages 0-2, 1000 Fourth Ave.
Wednesdays
  • West Seattle Branch: Starting July 20 2023. Wednesdays 10:30 – 11 a.m., ages 3 to 5, 2306 42nd Ave. S.W.
  • Greenwood Branch: Wednesdays 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., ages 05, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Northgate Branch: Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., ages 0-5, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E.
  • Fremont Branch: Wednesdays:, 6:45 – 7:45 pm, ages 0 – 5, 731 N. 35th St
Thursdays
  • West Seattle Branch: Starting July 20 2023: Wednesdays 10:30 – 11 a.m. an, ages 3-5, 2306 42nd Ave. S.W.
Fridays
  • Columbia Branch: Fridays 10:30 – 11 a.m., ages 1-3, 4721 Rainier Ave. S.
  • Broadview Branch: Fridays 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., ages 0-5, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Greenwood Branch: Fridays 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., La Hora de Cuentos en la Sucursal de, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.
Saturdays
  • High Point Branch: Saturdays, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m., ages 0-5, 3411 S.W. Raymond St.
  • Lake City Branch: Saturdays 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.. ages 0-5, 12501 28th Ave. N.E.
  • Northgate Branch: Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., ages 0-5, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E.

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