In addition to educating young customers through a
strong collection and great services, the Denver Public
Library hopes to entertain and inspire them through
a variety of programs including storytimes, crafts,
read-alouds, and family programs.
Most DPL locations offer storytimes for
young children. Take a look at the storytimes schedule to find a program that suits your needs. Our storytimes are geared toward children
of different developmental stages and include:
Book Babies is a special storytime for babies 0-24
months and their parents or caregivers. We read stories,
sing songs and learn fingerplays in this 30 minute program.
Time is provided after the program for socializing and
baby play. Check the listing of Book Babies programs around the system.
Tales for Twos
Exciting storytimes for your two-year-old and you. Join us for stories, songs and fun. View the Tales for Twos schedule.
Preschool storytimes are geared towards children ages 3 to 5. Join us for stories, songs, rhymes and fun. Find a Preschool Storytime near you.
Sensory Storytime is designed specifically for children with special needs and their families. We will sing, read, dance, and socialize. This monthly storytime is geared toward children at the preschool developmental level with autism or other disabilities but all ages are welcome.
See the Sensory Storytime schedule.
These interactive storytimes are for speakers of Spanish, English, or both. All ages are welcome but storytime is specifically geared to 2-4 year olds and kids are encouraged to participate. Find a Bilingual Storytime near you.
All Ages Storytimes
Stories, songs and rhymes for all kids! There is no registration required for this program. View a list of All Ages Storytime locations.
Other Programs for Kids
School is Cool!
Stop by the Library on your way home from school! Select branches around the city offer after school programs
for kids. Activities include crafts, performers, and
Find After School is Cool! programs at branches
The Children’s Library began a “Vacation
Reading Program” during the summer of 1921 as
a way to interest kids in reading over the summer. That
tradition continues every summer with Denver Public
Library’s annual Summer Reading Program. Now the program consists of three separate programs--Read With Me for babies and preschoolers, a kids' program for children in Kindergarten through grade 5, and a teen program for grades 6 through 12. Each of these programs offers rewards for reading independently
or with an adult, as well as special events at locations
all over the city during the summer.
Check out Just for Fun, BookBuzz, our blogs on kid-related topics or browse or search the Events Calendar for
special events year-round, including visits from popular
authors of books for children and other special
programs and contests.
Programs for Children at a Library Branch near
See what’s going on at the Library in your neighborhood. Use our Events Calendar to browse by location, type of program, or program topic or search to choose multiple parameters.
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Presentations and Workshops at Your Location
The Denver Public Library strives to work with parents, caregivers, and educators of children from birth through kindergarten to help them incorporate fun, simple, research-based practices into their everyday lives as their children's first teachers. This, in turn, helps their young children develop the early literacy skills that will be critical to their success when they get to school. A few examples of these practices might be playing "I Spy" at the grocery store, playing with measuring cups in the bathtub, reading books together in the waiting room at the doctor's office, or singing lullabies before bed.
Specially-trained staff from the Denver Public Library can provide these workshops at any Denver location at a time convenient to your community and organization. All workshops can be provided in Spanish as well as English.
The recommended introductory presentation is
Every Child Ready to Read which stresses the important role of parents as their child's first teacher and provides an overview of five familiar, everyday practices that parents and other caregivers can use to develop
early literacy skills. In addition, we will discuss library resources such as applying for a library card, teachers sets, and library programs for families.
We also offer in-depth workshops on each of the practices that help children develop the skills they will need to succeed in school, including:
For more information, or to schedule a workshop, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Early Literacy Department at 720-865-1305.