Unless otherwise noted, all storytimes take place in the Children’ Activity Room on the second floor. Although geared toward particular audiences, children of all ages are welcome at all storytimes. No registration is required and all events are free and open to the public.

Local preschools and daycare providers are invited to participate in our Traveling Storytime program! Traveling Storytime brings the story telling to your location. No need to load up the kids! We bring the fun to you! A storyteller will visit your school or daycare once a month.  You can expect the storytime to last approximately thirty minutes.  If you are interested, please complete the online request form .  Traveling Storytimes will be scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis.

You are eligible to participate in the Traveling Storytime program if: 

  • Your school or daycare is located within five miles of Hays Public Library
  • Your teacher/care provider participates in Storytime

All Hays Public Library storytimes are based on the Every Child Ready to Read framework. This is an early childhood literacy program developed by the American Library Association. For more information on our early literacy program, Click Here.

To see a full list of Children’s events Click Here.

Itty Bitty Book Buddies

Ages 0-18 months with an adult caregiver

Wednesdays @ 10 am

Hands-on Storytime designed for infants and toddlers! Learn skills that are the building blocks for literacy. Get tips to enrich your child’s early learning. Meet other local parents and caregivers. You are welcome to stay afterward to visit and play with toys.

Here are some simple storytimes to do at home

Toddler Storytime

Ages 5 and under with an adult caregiver

Mondays and Tuesdays @ 10 am

Stories, songs, and rhymes! Interactive, energetic, and loads of fun! Children and caregivers are both expected to participate. Includes early literacy skill building tips for caregivers.

Here are some simple storytimes to do at home

Stories and Cuentos

Ages 3-5 years with an adult caregiver

Fridays @ 10 am

Storytime brought to you in English & Spanish! This is a great opportunity to expose your child to a second language, refresh your basic Spanish, or even learn Spanish for the first time!

Saturday Family Storytime

All Ages

Saturdays @ 10 am

All ages are welcome to attend Family Storytime on the last (or second to last) Saturday of each month. Listening to stories as a family shows children that reading is important! Come hear great stories, sing fun songs, and participate in engaging activities. All storytimes are designed to work on early literacy skills and to provide a fun, educational, and relaxed environment for families. Dates for Family Storytime are: September 28, October 26, November 23, and December 21.

Learning is fun!

Storytime activities are based in neuroscience. By moving their arms and legs across their bodies, exploring rhyming words and songs, following directions, and interacting with books, kids are actually preparing their brains to learn to read. If you would like more early literacy tips, please ask a librarian the next time you visit. We love to talk about learning!