Preschool Storytime

Due to COVID-19, in-person Preschool Storytime is currently on hiatus. Please join us virtually below!

Designed for 3-5 years accompanied by a caregiver, Preschool Storytime is offered each week on Wednesdays from 10:30-11:15 am. This program involves stories, songs, flannel board activities, fingerplays, movement, and art activities.

For more information contact Valerie at 315-386-3712 ext. 3 or vwhite@ncls.org.


Virtual Preschool Program Storytimes 2020-Present

April 6, 2022 Theme: Rainy Day

April 13, 2022 Theme: Spring Has Sprung!

April 20, 2022 Theme: Spring Stories

March 2, 2022 Theme: In Like a Lion

March 9, 2022 Theme: Out Like a Lamb

March 16, 2022 Theme: Green Things

March 23, 2022 Theme: Cats! Cats! Cats!

March 30, 2022 Theme: Oh Baby!

February 2022

February 9, 2022 Theme: Penguins

February 16, 2022 Theme: Just Great New Books!

February 23, 2022 Theme: More Great New Books!

January 2022

January 5, 2022 Theme: Winter Wonder

January 12, 2022 Theme: Bundle Up!

January 19, 2022 Theme: Wow! Winter!

January 26, 2022 Theme: Snowpeople


December 2021

December 8, 2021 Theme: Snow!

December 15, 2021 Theme: A Long Winter’s Nap (Hibernation)

December 22, 2021 Theme : Hello Winter!



October 2021

October 6, 2021 Theme: Things That Go


September 2021

September 15, 2021 Theme: Dinosaurs

September 22, 2021 Theme: Cats! Cats! Cats!

September 29, 2021 Theme: All About Mice


July 2021
Summer Reading Program

July 7, 2021 Theme: Down on the Farm

July 14, 2021 Theme: Pets, Pets, Pets!

July 21, 2021 Theme: Wild Animals

July 28, 2021 Theme: Under the Sea


May 2021

May 12. 2021Themes: birthdays, families, parties, rhyming, anthropomorphic tales, patience, surprises, friendship

May 19, 2021Themes: emotions and feelings, monsters, participatory stories, storytelling, rhyming, families, imagination, pretending

May 26. 2021Themes: rhyming, monsters, voyages and travels, anthropomorphic tales, absent-mindedness, embarrassment, friendship


April 2021

April 7, 2021Themes: alliteration, seasons, spring, waiting, anthropomorphic tales, rhyming, animals, mother and child

April 14, 2021Themes: animals, spring, awakening, biological rhythms, hibernation, anthropomorphic tales, change, rhyming, seasons, singing

April 21, 2021Themes: determination, spring, waiting, rhyming, poetry, family outings, farm animals, grandmothers, cumulative tales


March 2021

March 3, 2021Themes: fear of darkness, rhyming, nocturnal animals, flight, animals, food chains, night, onomatopoeia

March 10, 2021Themes: fear, dreams, families, imagination, optimism, anthropomorphic tales, courageous, homes, runaways, voyages and travels, determination, patience, responsibility

March 17, 2021Themes: animals, pets, hibernation, mothers and sons, play, repetition in stories, seasons, sounds, winter, folklore, grandmothers, lost articles

March 25, 2021Themes: seasons, spring, animals, misunderstanding, friendship, misadventures, rhyming, imagination, patience, visualization, wishing, waiting, nature

March 31, 2021Themes: meditation, mindfulness, relaxation, stress management, tranquility, celebrating identity, compromise, friendship, imagination, play, animals, biography, interpersonal relations, personal conduct, Fred Rogers


February 2021

February 3, 2021Themes: friendship, size, loneliness, lost things, voyages and travels, animal babies, companionship, anthropomorphic tales, forests, separated friends/relatives

February 17, 2021Themes: animals, voyages and travels, questions and answers, rhyming, animal sounds, brothers, families, new baby in the family, sharing, sibling rivalry, annoyance, friendship, individuality, interrupting

February 27, 2021Themes: friendship, love, sympathy, Valentine’s Day, compassion, kindness, self-esteem, familial love, parent and child


January 2021

January 5, 2021Themes: animals, winter, fables, folklore, friendship, generosity, neighbors, sharing, self-confidence, sisters, size, perspective, seasons, senses

January 19, 2021Themes: blizzards, work vehicles, forests, individuality, observing things, winter, rhyming, anthropomorphic tales, determination, size

January 27, 2021Themes: infants, mother and child, winter, African American children, friendship, imagination, pretending, sharing, urban children, animals, homes


December 2020

December 9, 2020Themes: African American fiction, celebrating identity, unlikely friendships, apartment house life, gratitude, generosity, intergenerational friendship, neighborliness, best friends, anthropomorphic tales, criticism

December 16, 2020Themes: anthropomorphic tales, blended families, friendship, hibernation, nature, cumulative tales, seasons

December 21, 2020Themes: forest animals, winter, Christmas, Santa Claus, cold-blooded animals, hibernation, Christmas Eve


November 2020

November 4, 2020Themes: rhyming, animals, differences, friendship, helpfulness, laziness, neighbors, personal conduct, responsibility, toleration, understanding, worry, father and child, questions and answers, seasons, harvest

November 11, 2020Themes: friendship, play, wounds and injuries, individuality, self-confidence, self-esteem, participatory, rules, anthropomorphic tales, absent-mindedness

November 18, 2020Themes: anthropomorphic tales, building, sharing, friendship, size, generosity, neighbors, dirtiness, fatigue, songs, misfits, mischief


October 2020

October 6, 2020Themes: siblings, footprints, dinosaurs, anthropomorphic tales, courage, best friends, separated friends/relatives, time, forest animals, change

October 13, 2020Themes: unlikely friendships, African-American families, autumn, farms, families, brothers

October 21, 2020Themes: animals as artists, criticism, sisters, smallness and bigness, self-confidence, Halloween, emotions, minor disasters, friends

October 28, 2020Themes: cooperation, Halloween, rhyming, counting, animals, trucks, costumes, fear of darkness, overcoming fear, anthropomorphic tales


July 2020

July 8, 2020Themes: Summer Reading Program, folklore, fables, legends, multigenerational families, laziness, self-reliance, cleverness, gullibility, panic, fathers and daughters, interruptions, anthropomorphic tales

July 15, 2020Themes: Summer Reading Program, rhyme, grandmothers, rescues, escapes, traps, folklore, fairy tales, cleverness, foolishness, laziness, magic, mothers and sons

July 22, 2020Themes: Summer Reading Program, animal tales, music, fighting and forgiving, interpersonal conflict, fairy tale, folklore, cleverness, tricksters

July 29, 2020Themes: Summer Reading Program, belonging, identity, anthropomorphic tales, pets, friendship, envy


June 2020

June 3, 2020Themes: pets, determination, animal shelters, songs, anthropomorphic tales

June 9, 2020Themes: black authors, grandmothers and granddaughters, gender roles, African American children, social issues, respect, appearance, identity, emotions, self-acceptance, self-doubt, mothers and daughters, skin color

June 17. 2020Themes: beauty, teasing, self-acceptance, divorce, family differences, fathers and daughters, appearance, respect, African American girls


May 2020

May 6, 2020Themes: worry, metamorphosis, friendships, absence, anthropomorphic tales, nature, seasons, fathers and daughters, etiquette, anger, generosity

May 13, 2020Themes: unlikely friendships, overcoming fear, anthropomorphic tales, lost items

May 20, 2020Themes: mothers and daughters, nature, rhymes, counting, differences and similarities, belief and doubt, persistence

May 27, 2020Themes: rhyme, friendship, helpfulness, disasters, anthropomorphic tales, emotions


April 2020

April 1, 2020Themes: overcoming fear, problem solving, anthropomorphic tales

April 8, 2020Themes: colorful, healing bad moods, rhymes

April 15, 2020Themes: overcoming fear, anthropomorphic tales

April 22, 2020Themes: springtime, anthropomorphic tales

April 29, 2020Themes: anthropomorphic tales, rhymes

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