You are your child’s first teacher. But you don’t have to do it alone. We’re here to help you. Come on in for an interactive storytime, check out some books, or use our online resources to learn what you can do at home.
Come to one of our most popular events at our libraries! Find out when the next storytime is.
There will be a storytime break in August. Fall storytimes begin Tuesday September 3rd through Saturday December 21. We will take a midwinter break until mid January.
Twenty minutes of nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays and action for infants, birth to 18 months, and their caregivers. Followed by a special baby playtime.
Z.J. Loussac, Fridays at 2:30pm
Gerrish (Girdwood), Thursdays at 12:00pm (begins June 21)
Twenty minutes of short stories, songs and lots of repetition to build early literacy skills for children 3 and under and their caregivers.
Z.J. Loussac, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:30am
Chugiak-Eagle River, Thursdays and Fridays at 10:30am
A half hour of stories, songs and movement that build early literacy skills and prepare your preschooler ages three to five for Kindergarten.
Muldoon, Wednesdays, 11:30am
Z.J. Loussac, Thursdays, 11am
Chugiak-Eagle River, Fridays, 11:30am
A half hour of stories, songs, and more to build early literacy skills; a blend of fun and education for children birth through kindergarten & their caregivers.
Mountain View, Thursdays, 11am
Scott & Wesley Gerrish (Girdwood), Fridays, 11am
Z.J. Loussac, Saturdays, 11am
Muldoon, Tuesday 11:30am, Friday 11am
Books and Blocks
Join us for a story followed by block play. Ages 5 & under and their families.
Mountain View Library, Thursdays 11am and Saturdays 10:30am
Special Events and Storytimes
Special events & STorytimes
Check the calendar for these special events.
Sensory Friendly Storytime. A specially designed storytime tailored to meet the needs of youth with sensory issues and their families, engaging children through movement, music, stories, and play. While open to all children, sensory friendly storytimes are geared toward children on the autism spectrum, those with sensory integration challenges, or children who have difficulty sitting. For children ages 2-8 and their families. Print our social story. On temporary hiatus.
Build With Blocks Open play with a variety of blocks for all developmental stages. Ages 5 & under with their families.
Spanish Bilingual Storytime Come join us for a half hour of bilingual storytime as we practice our Spanish by reading stories/cuentos and singing songs/canciones.
Our Fall 2019 schedule of Spanish storytimes:
Saturday October 12, 11am at Gerrish (Girdwood) Library
Sunday October 13, 3pm at Z. J. Loussac Library
Saturday November 9, 11:30am at Mountain View Library
Saturday, November 16, 10:30am at Chugiak-Eagle River Library
Sunday, November 17, 3pm at Z. J. Loussac Library
Saturday December 7, 11:30am at Muldoon Library
Sunday, December 8, 3pm at Loussac Library
Wee Be Jammin’ Come have fun with music, movement, and simple instruments.
The Library has themed reading kits for children ages 0-5. Each kit is a bag containing books on a theme such as "Friends," "Bugs," or "Things That Go," as well as suggested activities, tips, and a puppet or toy. Reading Kits are available at Loussac and can be requested for pick up at other APL libraries. Kits are checked out for 3 weeks and are renewable.
Read with Me Bags (ages 0-3)
- Contain 10 board books, a toy, and early literacy tips and activities.
Lapsit Bags (ages 0-3)
- Contain 5-6 books, a music CD, a puppet or prop, and ideas for fingerplays, songs and action rhymes.
Read It! Storypackets (ages 3-5)
- Contain 8 picture and 1 nonfiction book suitable for preschoolers, a music CD, and a puppet or prop.
** Interested in a baby book club or caregiver resource kits? Check out what else Ready to Read Alaska has to offer at readytoreadak.org! **
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Read 1000 books before kindergarten by downloading your first reading log. Color in a circle for every book you read or listen to. If you read a book multiple times, each reading counts. When you finish your log, come to any Anchorage Public Library to get your next log and a special sticker.
Sign up at any Anchorage Public Library or download your First Reading Log and get started today!