Toddlers & Preschoolers

Quick Picks

Selections from our children's librarian

Quick Picks

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.

Baby Time

Twenty minutes of nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays and action for infants, birth to 18 months, and their caregivers. Followed by a special baby playtime.  
Gerrish (Girdwood), Thursdays at 12:00pm
Z.J. Loussac, Fridays at 2:30pm

Toddler Time

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

Preschool Storytime

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

Family Storytime

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.
Chugiak-Eagle River, Thursdays at 10:30am
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 storyOn 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.

Reading Kits

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! **

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Moose Reading a Book titled 1,000 Books

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!

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Ready to Read Alaska

A statewide resource whose mission is to promote early literacy in children 0-3. This resource provides free reading kits to parents, caregivers, and organizations serving children. Learn more about the program, and reserve your own reading kit!