Inland Empire Moms | Kids’ Storytime


Hi Friends and Neighbors –

With school just out the realization of a long Summer with my 4-year old son home all day, every day has left me with the conundrum of how to entertain him after a few days home alone with his toys.  Luckily, there are so many things for kids to do over the Summer here in the Inland Empire!

I packed up my four-year-old, my baby and a bag and headed over to story time at the A.K. Smiley Public Library in Redlands.

The library is next to the Lincoln Memorial Shrine with a small grass area, perfect for letting little legs run before or after a storytime session.

My two boys sat front and center for both the preschool story time and the tiny tots, meant for 2-3 year olds. The story time sessions have a variety of ages attending as whole families gather to hear stories and sing songs.


The baby’s favorite was waving his egg shaker everywhere during a song just like the big kids did.  My son loved hearing the stories and sitting by friends he had culled together from teeball, swim classes and preschool.

After story time we have a habit of picking out a book or two to take home (Redlands’ residents have free membership to the library) and putting together puzzles or playing on the computer.


The library has a range  of times and languages for their story time.  On Tuesday nights, there is a Chinese story time, 5:45-6:15 p.m., and a pajama storytime 7-7:30 p.m. in the Story Corner in the Young Reader’s room in the library.  On Wednesday mornings, there is a storytime for 4 to 6-year-olds from 10:15-10:45 am.m in the Assembly Room of the library.  On Thursday mornings, 2 and 3-year-olds hear stories in two different sessions, 10:15-1030, 10:40-10:55 in the Assembly Room.  And Saturday mornings, kids hear stories in English and Spanish from 1-:15-10:45 in the Story Corner.

The library’s summer reading program also has a list of activities weekly through the Summer, so I know we will be spending a lot of time there this summer! Find out more about the library’s offerings for children on the website or the Young Reader’s Room Facebook page. 

To find Library Storytimes in your city check out our Inland Empire Library Storytimes Guide.


Thank you to our new contributing writer Megan – a mother of two, blogger and all around fun gal – for sharing her experience with us.  We look forward to sharing a lot more good times from Megan with you.


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