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Adventures in Story Time

Story time. Yikes. At least that’s what I think after our last escapade at the neighborhood library.

There was screaming. There were arms and legs flying in all directions. There was one little angry girl being carted out of story time less than five minutes after getting there. There was crying the whole 15-minute drive home.

The strangest part: we will probably be going back.

You see, my daughter LOVES the library. She thinks it is the greatest playground on the face of the Earth. She thinks the library was made just for her. And she LOVES LOVES LOVES books.

I just have to learn to channel her energy from tearing all the books off the shelf to sitting still and turning the pages. We have to go from throwing temper tantrums when the 100 books she looked at get put back on the shelf, to only choosing four or five to bring home with us. We have to learn to sit still through an entire story at the library.

It’s going to take practice. It’s going to take some cool weather to keep us indoors at the library instead of out at the park. It’s going to take friends to make me feel committed to going to story time each week.

Luckily we have the friends and the cold weather. And well, practice will make perfect.

Hopefully by the time spring rolls around, my daughter will be a story time natural. Not the child being asked to leave for being disruptive.

DC Story Times For 12-24 Month-Olds:

Washington DC Public Library*:


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  • Cleveland Park: Wonderful Ones, 10 a.m.
  • Anacostia: Baby/Toddler Lap Time, 10:30 a.m.
  • William O. Lockridge/Bellevue: Baby/Toddler Lap Time, 10:30 a.m.


  • Chevy Chase: Toddler Story Time, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
  • West End: Baby/Toddler Story Time, 10 a.m.
  • Mt. Pleasant: Baby-Toddler Story Time, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
  • Petworth: Baby/Toddler Story Time, 10:30 a.m.
  • Southwest: Baby and Toddler Story Time, 10:30 a.m.
  • Rosedale: Preschool Story Time, 11 a.m. (for ages 0-5)
  • Palisades: Afternoon Story Time, 4 p.m. (for ages 0-6)


  • Northwest One: Baby/Toddler Lap Time, 10 a.m.
  • Takoma Park: Baby Time, 10 a.m.
  • Martin Luther King Jr: Wonderful Ones, 10 a.m.
  • Georgetown: Baby Time, 10:30 a.m.
  • Southeast: Baby/Toddler Lap time, 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
  • Palisades: Baby Lap Time, 11:15 a.m. (for ages 0-18 months)


  • Chevy Chase: Toddler Story Time, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
  • Watha T. Daniel-Shaw: Rhythm and Rhyme, 10 a.m. (for ages 0-5)
  • West End: Baby/Toddler Story Time, 10 a.m.
  • Southeast: Baby/Toddler Lap Time, 11 a.m.
  • Georgetown: Music Time, 2 p.m. (for ages 0-5)


  • Martin Luther King Jr.: Baby-Toddler Story Time, 10 a.m.
  • Mt. Pleasant: Hora del Cuento (Spanish Story Time), 10 a.m. (for ages 0-5)
  • Watha T. Daniel-Shaw: Baby and Toddler Lap Time, 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
  • Francis A. Gregory: Baby and Toddler Lap Time, 10: 30 a.m.

* A complete list of DC Library story times and children’s activities can be foundhere. I recommend calling the library before attending a story time to confirm.


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