The library is now open to the public with modified services.  



Research shows that 90% of a child’s brain develops by age 5. Prescott Public Library offers fun, educational programs to support your growing reader… we call them storytimes.

Online Storytimes

Due to COVID-19 concerns, library storytimes have been moved online to Prescott Public Library’s YouTube channel. Youth Services librarians invite you to join us online for storytime! Check out our YouTube storytime playlist to discover great Books, Music & More for Young Children.

Prescott Public Library remains committed to providing engaging and educational programs for children and their families. Our Youth Services librarians eagerly await the return to in-person programs and the opportunity to support your child’s development with our weekly storytime programs for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and the whole family.

Until then, we hope to “see” you online for storytime and invite you to check out Miss Peggy’s tips for reading with your children, including sharing boardbooks and making stories interactive.


At library storytimes, youth librarians share stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and more to help build your child’s imagination, language and listening skills, and love of reading! Each storytime is planned with a specific age group in mind to create a learning experience that is just right for your child’s growth and development.

Beginning June 1, library storytimes will be presented in the Founders Suite and online via Zoom (with registration). Seating is limited to 15 adults and their children on a first come, first served basis. Masks are strongly advised. Register online, at the Youth Desk, or call 928.777.1537 to receive the Zoom link.

Lapsit Storytime

Fridays, 9:30 am
Build your baby’s brainpower with gentle stories, bouncy rhymes, and cozy fun. Lapsit Storytime will last about 20 minutes, but you are invited to linger, play, and connect with other parents. Location: Founders Suite A

Toddler Storytime

Tuesdays, 10 am
Support your toddler’s developing language and social skills with 20-30 minutes of delightful stories, rhymes, and fingerplays! Toddler Storytime takes place in the Founders Suite, which offers lots of space for toddlers and their grownups to move and participate. Location: Founders Suite A & B

Preschool Storytime

Fridays, 10:30 am
Foster your child’s love of books, learning, and the library with 30 minutes of stories, songs, and activities for children, ages 3-5, and their grownups. Siblings are always welcome. Location: Founders Suite A

Family Storytime

Saturdays, 11 am
Discover new stories, rhymes, and activities and revisit family favorites. Family Storytime provides 30 minutes of language-rich learning experiences for all ages. Location: James Room

Make Storytime Count!

actively engaged mother sitting on floor reading picture book to preschool aged child who is on her lap

You are your child’s first and most important teacher, and what you do in storytime matters. Below are some tips for a successful storytime:

  • Sit with your child at storytimes and participate. Your child will catch your enthusiasm and watch you for cues.
  • Please silence your cell phone and save adult conversations for later.
  • If your child is upset, it is absolutely okay to leave in the middle of storytime and bring your child back after he/she calms down. We want storytime to be a positive experience for everyone.
  • Librarians plan a variety of stories and activities to support your child’s growth and development. If you are interested in learning more about something you saw at storytime, stop by the Youth Desk or call 928.777.1537.