Story Time Basics

Welcome to Story Time @ the Lafayette Public Library!


You are your child’s first and most important teacher! When you come to story time, and when you read together at home, you are helping your child get ready to read. Sharing stories and other language activities such as nursery rhymes, songs, and finger plays, develops the six skills that will make your child a more successful learner at school:

  1. Being interested in books
  2. Knowing words/having a good vocabulary
  3. Noticing the different sounds that make up words
  4. Knowing how books “work”
  5. Recognizing individual letters
  6. Being able to tell a story
We’re here to help you and your child find ways to enjoy books together. Please ask us questions!

Story Time "Do's"


When you come to story time, please DO:

  • Participate actively in story time with your child. Your enjoyment will rub off!
  • Turn off your cell phone so that you and your child, as well as the other participants, can enjoy story time uninterrupted.
  • Step outside for a moment if your child becomes uncooperative or restless. You won’t hurt our feelings, and you will help other children and adults stay focused on the program.
  • Set a good example for your child by waiting to socialize with others until after the program is finished.
  • Wait until after story time to give your child a snack.