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

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

Be sure to take in Loveland Public Library's newest adventure in Music & Movement! We meet on the first and third Thursday of each month at 10:00am and again at 11:00am, we will be singing action songs, learning rhythm, and jamming to some awesome children's tunes. We meet in the Community Room at the Outlet Mall, 5609 McWhinney Blvd. Look for the Library's flag (near the Dress Barn). For Toddlers and Preschoolers and their caregivers. Check our Event Calendar for upcoming dates.

More Than Storytime

For Ages 2-5 years old and their caregivers. One week a month we will offer an expanded program during all of our regular Toddler and Preschool Storytimes. We will also add 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.

Lapsit/ Humpty Dumpty Storytime for Ages from Birth to 3 and their Caregivers

We cater to the youngest child with Lapsit activities, fingerplays, songs, and of course, books! Repetition is important at this age, so some of the songs and fingerplays we do are the same each week, to give the babies some familiarity with our activities. Bubbles are always a closing time favorite. Meets Mondays at 9, 10, & 11am and Thursdays at 9:00am and 10:00am .

Bilingual Storytime

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

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.

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 your younger children are at Family Storytime, Elementary aged children can attend Club 345 which also meets on Thursdays from 4-5pm.

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 once a month we have a special guest speaker. Meets Mondays & Thursdays at 10:00am (during the school year) in the Gertrude Scott Meeting Room. Library Playgroup is closed during the summer months. We will be back in session beginning Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.

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. We welcome all mothers within our 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 feel free to contact us for more information.

Northern Colorado Reading Initiative

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

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.

Waggin' Tales

Practice reading to a licensed Therapy Dog! Great for beginning readers but all are welcome, drop in Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4-5 pm and Saturdays from 1-2 pm. Stop by the Children's desk to sign up to read to the dog. We offer 15 minute time slots per child or family.

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

By talking with your baby, you help develop your baby’s brain. Just like a child needs an adequate amount of food for physical growth, a child also needs adequate language for his or her brain development. In the same way that the quality and nutritious value of the food differs and matters for a child’s growth, the quality of language is important.