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    The Magic of Storytime!

    Once upon a time … Those words bring us all back to the magic of childhood and the magic of stories.

    Storytime plays an important role in promoting early literacy and the love of books, learning and exploring the world. Storytime programs expose children and their parents and caregivers to books, simple songs, finger plays, rhymes and crafts based on a theme, such as a going to the farm, making friends or dinosaurs.

    It also helps them learn behavioral skills. “Going to storytime really impacted my child’s behavior. He learned to sit quietly on the carpet and pay attention as he listened to the librarian reading the story. I am very grateful for the storytimes,” said a Hill Avenue storytime parent.

    When children attend storytime, they see and hear more words than they do in their normal everyday setting. During storytime, parents and caregivers learn to model reading aloud techniques by using their voice to enhance the characters and make the stories more interesting and appealing. Reading aloud to children helps them with reading readiness and is a great way to bond as a family, beginning when they are infants through early elementary age.

    Brenda Miller’s children have attended many storytimes at Pasadena Central Library. The sessions helped instill in both of them a love of language and story as well as the ability to sit still and listen to someone read to them. As a parent, she loved how the sessions were all curated by a professional librarian, exposing her to all sorts of different kinds of children’s books and other resources. “Both of my kids were better prepared to begin preschool because they attended storytimes from an early age,” she said.

    Xochitl Arteaga’s son, Dalí, has enjoyed storytime -- both at the library and at home -- since he was just months old. Arteaga loves to watch the wonder in his eyes as he processes and recognizes the pictures and narratives. At 15 months old, he grabs his favorite books and “reads” on his own. He laughs at the parts he recognizes as funny, and practices the words he learned as she listens to him talk to himself. As adults, we have come to marvel at the genius of children's books. They are clever and funny, and perfectly age-appropriate.

    Librarians (like Dalí's grandma) would appreciate the photo of him above. Dalí throws toys out of his basket and makes room to settle down with a book. He sighs and rubs his little feet together as he relaxes for his favorite activity. To him, his books are his favorite toys.

    Pasadena Public Library offers over 60 storytimes each month for children and their parents and caregivers, from Infant and Toddler Storytimes to Storytimes in Mandarin, Armenian and Spanish -- all FREE! The options are seemingly endless. Check them out below. --by Angela Arzu, Youth Services Librarian

    Infant & Toddlers


    Winter Session • Tuesdays • January 12 - March 15 • By Registration Only

    9:20 a.m. • Central Library/Children’s Story Room (Infants up to 17 months) Pre-registration required. Infant Storytime is full. WAIT LIST ONLY. 

    10 & 11 a.m. • Central Library/Children’s Story Room (Toddlers 18-36 months) Pre-registration required. Toddler Storytime is full. WAIT LIST ONLY.



    Tuesday, January 5 • Central Library/Children’s Room

    Winter 2016 Session:  Jan. 12 - Mar. 15

    9:00 am PRIORITY REGISTRATION in-person for Pasadena Residents with valid ID.  Please bring your Pasadena Public Library card or a Driver License to verify your Pasadena address.

    11:00 am OPEN REGISTRATION in-person registration

    12:00 pm for telephone registration

    Each storytime limited to 25 children and 25 adults.  Children can be registered for one program time only.  Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please note:  you must be present to register.  We will not accept registration by proxy.

    For more information call (626) 744-4066, option 4.



    10:30 a.m. • Lamanda Park - No registration needed



    For ages 0-1.  Families with very young children are welcome to join us for a literacy based storytime series where we provide parents with hands-on experience to nurture their child’s early development by exposing them to language and books. During each session, parents will learn about the six early literacy skills using books, songs, rhymes, and movement exercises. It is strongly recommended that each baby has their parent’s attention, and, if your child has siblings, please make childcare arrangements or have another adult accompany them. No registration is required. Once a month on a Saturday at 2pm.

    Saturday, Feb. 13 • 2 p.m. • Linda Vista


    Preschool Storytimes


    10:30 a.m. • Hill Avenue ~ Stories and songs, a short film and a craft. For ages 1-5. No registration required.

    10:30 a.m. • Lamanda Park ~ No registration required.

    10:30 a.m. • Villa Parke ~ Storytimes are 30-45 minutes and includes about three stories, a short film, and a craft. For ages 3-6. No registration required.


    10:30 a.m. • Allendale ~ Stories and songs, a short film and a craft. For ages 1-5. No registration required.

    10:30 a.m. • Santa Catalina

    10:45 a.m. • Hastings

    11:00 a.m. • San Rafael


    10:30 a.m. • La Pintoresca ~ Story time for toddlers and preschool aged children, but all ages welcome.  Story time includes books chosen for content and illustrations, fun songs, short film and STEAM based crafts.  No registration required. 

    10:30 a.m. • Linda Vista


    10 a.m. • Central Library

    Family Storytimes

    Mondays • 7 p.m. • Hastings (except Jan. 18)

    Thursdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 • 3:30 p.m. • Lamanda Park

    Special Storytimes

    Armenian Storytime

    Saturdays, Feb. 27 • 11 a.m. • Santa Catalina

    Around the World Storytime

    Wednesdays, Feb. 10 • 11 a.m. • San Rafael

    Chocolate Storytime: Tales and Candy Treats for Children

    For ages 0 to 8 years old.  Join us for an afternoon of Storytelling and village building, featuring stories authored by and/or about African Americans, read by Ayesha Randall. Kids will have fun as they learn, make new friends, do crafts, and enjoy a special chocolate treat!  No registration required. Usually the last Friday of each month.

    Friday, Jan. 29 • 4 p.m. • La Pintoresca

    Friday, Feb. 26 • 4 p.m. • La Pintoresca


    Join us for a storytime with a twist! We’ll have fun sharing stories, songs and apps on the big screen.

    TBD • Central Children's Story Room

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    Spanish-language story time for entire family, conducted entirely in Spanish.  Story time includes books from Latin American publishers, traditional songs, finger plays, short film, crafts and treats. No registration required.

    Wednesdays • 4 p.m. • La Pintoresca

    Mandarin Storytime

    Enjoy stories and songs for children in Mandarin.

    • Sunday, Feb. 7 • 3 p.m. • Hastings (Bilingual Mandarin & English)
    • Wednesday, Feb. 24 • 3:30 p.m. • Hastings (Mandarin only)

    Sensory Storytime

    If your child has difficulty sitting through one of the library’s traditional storytimes, this program may be just what you are looking for! Designed for preschool-age children with autism and sensory challenges, it combines books, songs, movement, sensory play and therapeutic activities that incorporate the five senses. Because a small group setting is part of what makes Sensory Storytime effective and engaging, registration is required. To sign up, call Cherie Johnston at (626) 744-7266.

    Saturdays, Feb. 13, 20 & 27 • 11 a.m. • Lamanda Park

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