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We hope you will use these videos to create a storytime experience at home.  We’ve included eight categories of interactive storytime elements from welcome songs to closing rhymes with a few favorite rhymes and songs for in between.  We’ve included everything you need except the books.  We hope you have some of those at home, so you can set up a cozy reading time with the children in your care and use our videos to supplement the experience.It’s Storytime at Home! Use our search tool to find your favorite songs and activities and sing along with us!

Click here to view all the Storytime Videos on one page.

Brief Storytelling: Old Mother Hubbard with Rose , , storytime-video brief-storytelling2021 rose
Participatory Song: Hurry, Hurry, Drive the Firetruck with Tessa
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Action Rhyme: Put Your Hands on Your Head with Theresa , action-rhyme storytime-videotheresa
Fingerplay: Cinco Petitios with Amelia
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Brief Flannel: When Cows Get Up in the Morning with Tessa
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Welcome Song: Good Morning Song with Melody , storytime-video welcome-songmelody
Action Rhyme: Hickory Dickory Dock with Evie
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Brief Storytelling: Little Boy Blue with Theresa , , storytime-video brief-storytelling2021 theresa
Closing Song: The More We Get Together with Laurie , storytime-video closing-songlaurie
Action Rhyme: Pat-a-Cake with Evie
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Brief Flannel: Los Colores with Evie , storytime-video brief-flannel
Action Rhyme: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with Laurie , , action-rhyme storytime-video2021 laurie
Baby Song: A Smooth Road with Tessa , , storytime-video baby-song2021 tessa
Closing Song: Up, Down, Turn Around with Evie
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Fingerplay: Heres A Cup with Angelina , , storytime-video fingerplay2021 angelina
Action Rhyme: Hello Toes with Marie , action-rhyme storytime-videomarie
Brief Storytelling: Los Pollitos with Amelia (in Spanish)

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Participatory Song: I Had a Little Turtle with Melody , storytime-video participatory-songmelody
Participatory Song: Wiggle and Stop with Marie , storytime-video participatory-songmarie
Tengo Una Muñeca Vestida De Azul with Amelia , , storytime-video spanish-language2021 amelia
Participatory Song: Lets Be Friends with One Another with Angelina , , storytime-video participatory-song2021 angelina
Participatory Song: Bread and Butter, Marmalade and Jam with Mary , , storytime-video participatory-song2021 mary
Action Rhyme: Ten Little Fingers with Laurie , action-rhyme storytime-videolaurie
Closing Song: Tickle the Clouds with Theresa , storytime-video closing-songtheresa
Brief Storytelling: Trip Trap with Marie , storytime-video brief-storytellingmarie
Closing Song: Goodbye Friends with Angelina , storytime-video closing-songangelina
Fingerplay: Here is the Beehive with Whitney
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Baby Song: Yo Te Amo with Melody , , storytime-video baby-song2021 melody
Welcome Song: Wake Up Feet with Marie , , storytime-video welcome-song2021 marie
Fingerplay: Ten Fat Peas with Rose , storytime-video fingerplayrose
Participatory Song: Pimpón es un Muñeco with Amelia
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Action Rhyme: The Frog Song with Melody , , action-rhyme storytime-video2021 melody
Action Rhyme: Mix a pancake with Marie , , action-rhyme storytime-video2021 marie
Fingerplay: Five Little Houses with Marie , , action-rhyme fingerplay storytime-video2021 marie
Una Sardina with Amelia , , storytime-video spanish-language2021 amelia
Participatory Song: I Wake Up My Hands with Angelina , storytime-video participatory-songangelina
Welcome Song: Storytime Song with Laurie , , storytime-video welcome-song2021 laurie
Tengo Tengo Tengo with Amelia , , storytime-video spanish-language2021 amelia
Quieting Rhyme: I Wiggle My Fingers with Theresa , , storytime-video quieting-rhyme2021 theresa
Brief Flannel: Five Fast Rockets with Melody , storytime-video brief-flannelmelody
Baby Song: My Little Baby Loves Dancing with Melody

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Flannel Story: Bluebird at My Window with Rose , storytime-video brief-flannelrose
Participatory Song: Bubble Bubble Pop with Tessa
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Participatory Song: Standing Like a Tree with Angelina

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Brief Flannel: We Dove In the Ocean with Melody , storytime-video brief-flannelmelody
Quieting Rhyme: Open Shut Them with Tessa

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Brief Flannel: Thanks a Lot with Angelina , , storytime-video brief-flannel2021 angelina
Action Rhyme: Hello Toes with Theresa , action-rhyme storytime-videotheresa
Brief Fingerplay: Here is a Bunny with Tessa
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Fingerplay: Itsy Bitsy Spider with Laurie , , storytime-video fingerplay2021 laurie
Brief Storytelling: Hey Diddle Diddle with Laurie , storytime-video brief-storytellinglaurie
Action Rhyme: Two Little Blackbirds with Angelina , action-rhyme storytime-videoangelina
Brief Flannel: BINGO with Mary , , storytime-video brief-flannel2021 mary
Participatory Song: One Bright Scarf with Melody

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Participatory Song: Tick Tock with Whitney
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Fingerplay: Heart with Angelina , storytime-video fingerplayangelina
Quieting Rhyme: Seven Days in a Week with Mary , , storytime-video quieting-rhyme2021 mary
Fingerplay: Five Plump Peas with Marie , storytime-video fingerplaymarie
Brief Flannel: A Mi Burro with Amelia (in Spanish)
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Welcome Song: Hello Friends with Whitney
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Participatory Song La Araña Pequiñita with Amelia (in Spanish)
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Action Rhyme: Put Your Hands Up High with Whitney
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Welcome Welcome Everyone with Rose , , storytime-video welcome-song2021 rose
Fingerplay: Three Little Monkeys with Evie
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Pulgarcito with Amelia , , storytime-video spanish-language2021 amelia
Brief Flannel: Five Green and Speckled Frogs with Evie , , storytime-video brief-flannel2021 evie
Quieting Song: Roly Poly with Marie , storytime-video quieting-rhymemarie
Welcome Song: If You Want To Read a Book with Evie
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Participatory Song: Plant a Little Seed with Rose , storytime-video participatory-songrose
Baby Song: Ring around the Rosie with Evie , , storytime-video baby-song2021 evie
Welcome Song with Laurie , storytime-video welcome-songlaurie
Participatory Song: Bananas Unite! with Mary , , storytime-video participatory-song2021 mary
Baby Song: Rain is Falling Down with Tessa , , storytime-video baby-song2021 tessa
Tall as a Tree with Theresa , , action-rhyme storytime-video2021 theresa
Brief Storytelling: Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary with Rose , storytime-video brief-storytellingrose
Action Rhyme: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes with Melody , action-rhyme storytime-videomelody
Participatory Song: Mmm, Ahh Went the Little Green Frog with Marie , , storytime-video participatory-song2021 marie
Baby Song: We Ask for Milk like This with Tessa , , storytime-video baby-song2021 tessa
Brief Storytelling: Humpty Dumpty with Laurie , , storytime-video brief-storytelling2021 laurie
Fingerplay: Tres Pecesitos with Amelia
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Brief Flannel Story: Little Miss Muffet with Theresa , storytime-video brief-flanneltheresa
Participatory Song: Five Little Ducks with Evie , , storytime-video participatory-song2021 evie
Participatory Song: I’m a Little Teapot with Laurie , storytime-video participatory-songlaurie
Fingerplay: Ten Fluffy Chicks with Theresa , , storytime-video fingerplay2021 theresa
Participatory Song: Popcorn Kernels with Whitney
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Action Rhyme: The Farmer Plants the Seeds with Rose , action-rhyme storytime-videorose
Fingerplay: Five Little Kittens with Theresa , storytime-video fingerplaytheresa
Baby Song: Eyes Nose Cheeky Cheek Chin with Tessa , , storytime-video baby-song2021 tessa
Action Rhyme: A Delicious Cake with Angelina , , action-rhyme storytime-video2021 angelina
Participatory Song: Knife, Fork, Spoon and Spatula with Mary , , storytime-video participatory-song2021 mary

Let us know how the Five Practices are helping you and your young children get ready to read!

Every Child Ready to Read

Every Child Ready to Read is a project of the American Library Association designed to help young children build early literacy: what they need to know about reading before they learn to read. The program identifies five practices that families can engage in with their young children to gain knowledge, build skills, and develop enthusiasm about reading. By talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing, regularly and intentionally, families can pave the way for success in school and a lifetime of reading enjoyment.


We are hard at work finding online resources for our Early Learners while the libraries are closed. We will be updating this page with new resources as they become available. 

25 Live Nature Cams
Audible Free Audiobooks for Kids and Teens
Cincinnati Zoo Showcases Animals on Facebook Live
Get Moving and Practice Mindfulness with GoNoodle
Popular Actors Read to Your Kids at StoryLine Online
Sing with Our Kids
YMCA Home Fitness Class Videos for Free



Toddler girl with picture book

Take a look at some of the handy booklists we have built right into the library catalog.

Our whopping selection of books (board books, picture booksnonfiction booksbeginning reader books) means kids can fill their homes with the sort of literary variety to inspire a lifelong love of reading. Choosing just the right picture book is a critical decision (“Read it AGAIN!”) and we love helping you find the perfect books for you to read aloud (over and over and over).

Mother and child at Toddler Time


Programs for toddlers and preschoolers give families a place to come together to learn, play, and share in the joy of story. Read more about our variety of storytimes or check our calendar to find a storytime near you!

Girl with puppets


For our youngest patrons, the library is a place of discovery. Early Learning Centers in every library provide opportunities for imaginative play, encouraging skills that lay the groundwork for later success in school.

Learn more about the WCLS response to COVID-19.
View our online calendar for up to information on future events.