For Children (ages 0-5)

Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers (ages 0-5)

Welcome to our Pre-readers page, here you will find a description of the programs we offer for younger children, a link to our monthly events and some early literacy resources to help you, help your child! We have a wonderful staff who are here to help support you and your family, please connect with us. (Facebook, Instagram, in person) Questions? Contact us or Call 970-962-2587

More Than Storytime

For Ages 2 and up and their caregivers. One week a month we will offer an expanded program during all of our regular Toddler and Preschool Storytimes, as well as a special Saturday session! Children are invited to come hear a story and try out related activity stations at their own pace. See Event Calendar for dates and times.

Bilingual Storytime

For ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Weekly on Thursdays at 11:00am. Join Miss Claudeth for stories, music, fingerplays and fun in Spanish! Free and drop in, no registration required.

Baby Storytime for Ages 0-3 and their Caregivers

Baby’s first storytime! This interactive session includes songs, fingerplays, activities, and books. Repetition is important at this age, so some of the same songs and fingerplays are done each week to give the babies familiarity with our activities.Meets Mondays and Thursdays at 9:00am and 10:00am .

Family Storytime

Join us weekly on Thursdays at 4:15pm for stories, music, crafts and fun. For ages 4-7 years old and their families. While you and your younger children are at Family Storytime, kids in grades 3, 4, and 5 can attend Club 345, which also meets on Thursdays from 4-5pm.

Toddler Storytime for Ages 2-3 years old and their Caregivers

Toddlers are continuing to learn new fingerplays, songs and are able to sit a little longer for stories. Toddlers are developing their fine motor skills, and this storytime offers a small craft activity using paper, glue sticks, crayons, scissors, etc. Meets Tuesdays at 11am, Wednesdays at 10am, Fridays at 10am & 11am.

Storytime Themes

These are the upcoming themes for our Toddler, Preschool, and Family storytimes. Weeks with MTS indicate More Than Storytime, which happens at regular times plus a special Saturday session at 10 AM, and includes a story and interactive stations to explore.
Nov. 13-16: The Letter D
Nov. 20-24: Three Little Pigs (MTS)
Nov. 27-30: Food
Dec. 4-7: The Letter E
Dec. 11-14: Please & Thank You
Dec. 18-22: Christmas (MTS)
Dec. 26-28: Dogs
Jan. 2-4: Winter
Jan. 8-11: The Letter F
Jan. 15-19: Barnyard (MTS)
Jan. 22-25: Cowboys & Cowgirls
Jan. 29-Feb. 1: Dinosaurs
Feb. 5-8: Potatoes/Author Ben Clanton
Feb. 12-16: Love (MTS)
Feb. 19-22: Colorado Children's Book Award
Feb. 26-Mar 1: The Letter G

Library Playgroup For Ages 0-5 and their Caregivers

Free playgroup for parents, caregivers and their children under 5 yrs old. Books, toys and music are made available for a very informal play and non-structured environment. Volunteers staff this playgroup and occasionally we have a special guest speaker. Meets Mondays & Thursdays at 10:00am (during the school year) in the Gertrude Scott Meeting Room.

Preschool Storytime for Ages 4-7 and their Caregivers

Preschool storytimes are full of stories, fingerplays, music, games and a craft activity to make and take home. Preschoolers are able to sit longer for stories and are mastering the craft activities to help get ready for school. Meets Tuesdays at 10:00 and Wednesdays at 11:00am

Music and Movement Mondays

Join us on Mondays at 11 am in the storytime room for dancing, singing, musical instruments, and movement! For ages 0-5 and caregivers, with emphasis on toddler and preschool activities. Check our Event Calendar for all our upcoming events and programs..

Northern Colorado Reading Initiative

The Mission of Northern Colorado Reading Initiative is to advocate for parents, educate parents about reading disabilities, connect parents with local resources for early diagnosis of reading disabilities, and connect parents with capable interventionists.

Bright By Three

Loveland Public Library offers Bright By Three Visits at the library on the second Monday of each month during Library Playgroup from 10:00-11:00am and at the end of Baby Storytimes with Miss Lolly. We want to provide a bright beginning for all Colorado children by helping families support their children’s physical, emotional, and intellectual development during the critical first three years of life.

Waggin' Tales

Therapy dogs are here to help kids practice their reading on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4-5 pm, and Saturdays 1-2 pm. Come to the Children’s desk to sign up during or up to 30 minutes before the program. Sessions are around 15 minutes each and available on a first come, first served basis. This program is great for beginning readers, but all ages are welcome. All dogs and handlers are licensed by Alliance of Therapy Dogs or Therapy Dogs International. Please check our Event Calendar for cancellations or schedule changes.

Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines

The early years of a child’s life — from birth to age eight — are critically important for learning and development. The Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines provide practical tips and points of reference that anyone can use to help kids grow. Whether we’re experts, early childhood teachers, first-time parents, or involved friends and neighbors, we all play a role in giving kids a strong, healthy start.

Be Ready

School readiness is more than the ABC’s and it begins at birth. School Readiness means being healthy, getting along with others, and being ready to learn. What can parents, grandparents, older siblings, friends, and others do to help children from birth to five be ready?
Fill children’s lives with the things they’ll need to succeed in school. Explore this website to find fun activities and learn more about children’s development.

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy

All children deserve to experience both the joy of reading and the skills in life that literacy brings. Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy is passionately committed to strengthening children’s literacy through library services and community advocacy.

Storyblocks Songs and Rhymes that Build Readers

Storyblocks is a project of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, working in partnership with Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Services. It is a collection of 30-60 second videos designed to model to parents, caregivers, and library staff some songs, rhymes, and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood. Each video clip includes helpful early literacy tips to increase caregivers’ understanding of child development and pre-literacy needs.

Colorado Talking Books Library

A free service to Coloradans of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical, or learning disabilities, whether permanent or temporary. CTBL provides audio, Braille, and large-print books and magazines.

Talk with Me Baby - Language Nutrition

Talking with your baby helps their brain develop. Just as a child needs an adequate amount of food for physical growth, a child also needs adequate language for his or her brain development. The quality of language is important in the same way that the quality and nutritive value of food differs and matters for a child’s growth, .

Zero to Three

ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals, and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development.

MOMS Club of Loveland

MOMS Club of Loveland is a local Chapter of the International MOMS Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the at-home mother of today in the community of which she lives. It is a great opportunity for MOMS and their children to meet new friends. They welcome all mothers within their chapter boundaries who are home during the week, as well as mothers who run a home-based business or work part-time outside their home, looking for activities to do with other mothers and children. Please contact them for more information.