Storytelling | MPHPL 



Storytelling can help our imaginations visit places that we've never been, and lands that do not exist. A story can be a powerful tool, a way to ease a child's fears, or just an opportunity to giggle together.

Fairy tales, nursery rhymes, puppet shows and bedtime stories all have the ability to transport us with the power of storytelling. Listening to stories can:

  • increase a child’s vocabulary
  • feed their imagination
  • help them to have the confidence to read to others, and
  • increase their narrative skills (the ability to retell a story)

The MPHPL Storytime Team is ready to share stories and music with you and your child!

Storytimes begin on Tuesday, September 18 and can be experienced

at each of our branches every week until Thursday, October 25.

Need more stories?

Visit our librarians at Fresh Thyme on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.

See below for details.



September is also National Library Card Sign-up Month. Signing up for a library card is a great step toward a truly super lifestyle: Libraries offer fun and informative resources to help you pursue your passions and succeed in school.

Stop by the Circulation Desk at any of our branches to learn more about getting your child their very own library card! A sense of independence, learning responsibility, and the excitement of finding books they enjoy can all be the result of a child having their own library card.


Save time by going online

You can also access your checkout records online. This will allow you to tell at a glance which books are checked out to each card, when they are due, and you can even renew online.

Save time! Need a book, but don’t have time to stop in for a long visit? Search online, place books on hold, and visit the circulation desk to pick up the book. Sign up for email reminders, to receive an email with your upcoming due dates.



Would you like to find books to read aloud to your child or to practice your own storytelling skills? Check out these books:


Help Your Child Love Reading  by David Alison


You Are Your Child’s First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin


Baby Read-aloud Basics by Caroline Blakemore


Books in Motion  by Julie Dietzel-Glair


Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever  by Mem Fox


Storytimes for Everyone!  by Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting


Baby Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan


Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan


Show Me a Story: 40 Craft projects and Activities to Spark Children’s Storytelling  by Emily K. Neuburger


Read With Me: Best Books for Preschoolers  by Stephanie Zvirin

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