Storytimes are lively interactive gatherings filled with stories, songs, rhymes, movement, and social time for children from birth to six. Research shows that these language-rich activities help young children develop the skills they’ll need as they grow into learning to read. 

Storytimes are designed to match the needs of each age group and are presented by experienced professionals.The content of each storytime is shaped by the five proven practices recommended by Every Child Ready to Read: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Every Child Ready to Read is a program of the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children. 

Storytimes are free of charge, on a drop-in basis: first come, first served. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Come join in the fun!

At the Downtown Library

Baby Storytime

Fridays, 10:15 and 11:15, Downtown
From the very first, babies start building the skills they will need when they’re learning to read. Baby Storytime enriches the language learning abilities of babies from birth to when they are taking their first steps. 40 minute event: 20 minute program, followed by 20 minutes for babies and their grown-ups to play and connect.

Walkers Storytime

Thursdays, 10:15 and 11:00, Downtown
Once babies start walking, they can learn in new ways and try more activities. 30 minute event: 15 minute program, followed by 15 minutes of play to help build social skills and friendships.

Talkers Storytime

Tuesdays, 10:15 and 11:00, Downtown 
When toddlers start stringing words together, they’re ready for a more story-focused storytime, with more vocabulary plus shapes and numbers. 30 minute event: 15 minute program, followed by 15 minutes of play to build social skills and cooperation.

Preschool Storytime

Wednesdays, 10:15 and 11:00, Downtown
Preschoolers benefit from a fuller exploration of stories: details, narrative sequence, and more. Plus, learning about letters and numbers. Children’s understanding of reading and love of books continue to grow at this 30 minute event.

Pajama Storytime

Tuesdays, 6:30, Downtown
An evening storytime for children of all ages to share the joy of language and encourage love of books. Pajamas welcome. 45 minute event: 30 minute program, followed by a 15 minute art activity.

Family Music Time


Saturdays, 10:15, Downtown
Talented local performers and educators visit to play live music for families with children of all ages. Music and songs promote language development. Start the weekend singing, moving, and learning together at this 30 minute event. 

STEAM Storytime

Mondays, 4:00, Downtown
STEAM = science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. At this event, ages 3 to 7 participate in hands-on experiments to learn about cause-and-effect and other important ideas through a 30 minute activity.

Sensory Storytime

This early literacy program is designed for children ages 2 to 8 who experience sensory needs, have developmental delays, or are on the autism spectrum. Sensory Storytime provides a supportive, safe, consistent place to explore  language and play. The storytimes are held weekly for one month at a time, four months of the year. For more information, or to pre-register for a month-long session, please call the Library at 541-682-8316  or email

Bethel and Sheldon Branches 

Family Storytime

Fridays, 10:15, Bethel Branch and Sheldon Branch
The Library’s neighborhood branches host weekly gatherings filled with stories, songs, and fun with letters and numbers. This 30 minute event encourages the love of reading and learning for children of all ages. 

Cuentos y Canciones 

Saturdays, 11:15, Bethel Branch
“Stories and Songs” in Spanish welcomes families with children of all ages to build language skills and play together during a fun 30 minute event. 

Sábados, 11:15, Sucursal Bethel
Cuentos y canciones en español para familias con niños de todas las edades en donde se desarrollan habilidades lingüísticas con juegos durante un divertido evento de 30 minutos.