Storytimes and early literacy

Storytimes and other literacy based programs promote the development of early literacy skills. Research shows that parents and caregivers play the most critical role in their child’s early literacy and language development as their first teachers.

Developing early literacy skills will make it easier for children to read once they are ready to do so.

Storytime schedule

Sing, read and laugh at weekly online and in person storytimes. Watch both live and recorded videos on Facebook.

Please Note: Storytime programs are Drop-In ONLY (No registration required). Spaces are available on first come, first served basis and may be limited at some locations.

In person storytime has resumed. See the full listing below:

Family Storytime (All Ages)
An interactive program with stories, songs, rhymes and early literacy activities. Drop in.

Burnhamthorpe Library | Wednesdays, July 6-August 10 | 6 pm
Churchill Meadows Library | Tuesdays, July 5-August 9 | 11 am
Clarkson Library | Fridays, July 15-August 19 | 11:15 am
Cooksville Library | Thursday, July 7-August 11 | 10 am
Courtneypark Library | Wednesdays, July 6-August 10 | 7:30 pm
Frank McKechnie Library | Wednesdays, July 6-August 10 | 6 pm
Lakeview Library | Friday, July 8-August 12 | 10:30 am
Lorne Park Library | Thursdays, July 7-August 28 | 10 am
Malton Library
Tuesdays, July 5-August 23 | 6:30 pm
Saturdays, July 9, 23, August 6, 20 | 1 pm
Meadowvale Library
Tuesdays, July 5-August 9 | 10 am
Wednesdays, July 6-August 10 | 7 pm
Mississauga Valley Library | Thursdays, July 7-August 18 | 7 pm
Port Credit Memorial Arena Pop Up Library | Tuesdays, July 5-August 9 | 2 pm
Sheridan Library | Mondays, July 4-August 8 | 10 am
South Common Library | Mondays, July 4-August 8 | 10:30 am
Woodlands Library | Thursdays, July 7-August 11 | 11 am

Baby Storytime (Ages 0-18 Months)
Sing, clap, bounce, tickle, laugh and read together with your baby! It’s never too early to introduce your child to books and reading. Drop in

Lakeview Library | Wednesdays, July 6-August 10 | 10:30 am

Multilingual Family Storytime: Urdu (All Ages)
An interactive program with stories, songs, rhymes and early literacy activities in English and another language that the whole family will continue to enjoy at home! Drop in

Sheridan Library | Thursdays, July 7-August 11 | 6 pm |

KinderReady (Preschool) Storytime Storytime (Ages 3-5)
Get ready for Kindergarten! Sing, play, discover and read together while exploring basic FUNdamentals including letters, numbers, colours and more! For children with a parent or caregiver. Drop in.

Burnhamthorpe Library | Tuesdays, July 5-August 9 | 10 am
South Common Library | Tuesdays, July 5-August 9 | 10:30 am
Streetsville Library | Thursdays, July 7-August 11 | 10:30 am

Interactive programs with stories, songs, rhymes and early literacy activities. All ages.

Family Storytime
Thursday 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Preschool Storytime
Tuesday 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Online Multilingual Family Storytime (English and another language)
Wednesday 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Early literacy videos

Research shows that parents and caregivers play the most critical role in their child’s early literacy and language development. We have created a number of videos that offer support to parents and caregivers.

Every Child Ready to Read

Watch fun, educational, and informative video content, including early literacy skills videos that can help children get ready to read: playing, writing, countingreadingsinging and talking.

Family Literacy Day

Watch engaging, educational and fun Family Literacy Day videos to help children develop literacy skills through playing, writing, counting, reading, singing and talking.

Early literacy calendar

You are your child’s first teacher and can help them develop language and other early literacy skills with simple and fun daily activities.

The early literacy calendar introduces daily literacy-building activities to share with your child from January through to December.

2022 Early Literacy Calendar

Dial-A-Story

Family stories are available over the telephone. Call 905-615-3500 and choose option 1 to be connected to Dial-A-Story. Listen to stories in English, French, Hindi, Mandarin, Polish and Urdu.