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Reading is fundamental to early childhood development. The exposure to language and books at an early age has been proven to increase children’s vocabulary and reading scores. Thankfully, now more than ever, parents have the opportunity to expose their children to reading events in the community. Story times have become a staple of childhood and finding free ones is good for families’ budgets. Instead of scouring the Internet for free story times in your area, go directly to the places below to inquire about the story times they provide. Local Libraries
Daytime story hours are now the norm for most public libraries in the United States. From large communities to small towns, library story times often cater to specific age groups. Infant and toddler story time focuses on books for that age group, while preschool story time is usually more interactive. Check with your local library by visiting their website or calling their children’s department to inquire about story time hours.
You may be surprised to learn that most bookstores offer free story times as well. Whether you have a large, chain bookstore in your town or a small, independent shop, children’s story times are a great way for them to bring in families and potential customers. Like libraries, they often offer different story times for different age groups.
Check with your local community center to see if they have free story times for young children. As with the book stores, many centers offer story times to bring in potential clients. Some even have free story times while parents work out!
Finding free story times in your community is a wonderful way to expose your child to new books and people. Start with your library to see what’s available and go from there. You may find that you’re able to attend multiple story times throughout the week without making a dent in your budget.