Unless otherwise noted, all storytimes take place in the Children’s Activity Room on the second floor. Although geared toward particular audiences, children of all ages are welcome at all storytimes. All events are free and open to the public.

If you’d like us to come hold a storytime at an outside event, fill out the Storytime Request Form, and we will contact you.

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.

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.

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.


Ages 3-5 years with an adult caregiver

Thursdays @ 10 am

The early literacy skills, motor skills, and concepts taught in these classes are developmentally appropriate for children 3-5 years old.  Adult assistance is requested to help the children with STEAM activities.

Sing and Sign

Thursday @ 6:30 pm

Come enjoy simple stories and songs in English and American Sign Language.

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

Select Saturdays @ 10 am

All ages are welcome to attend Family Storytime. 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.

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!