If you’re looking for a place in Tucson to take your baby, toddler, or preschooler for storytime, start with this comprehensive list of free storytimes around town.
As always, it’s a good idea to call ahead to confirm that the event is indeed happening before hopping in the car.
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BARNES & NOBLE
There are two Barnes & Noble locations in Tucson – 5130 E. Broadway in East Tucson and 7325 N. LaCholla Blvd in Northwest Tucson. Both locations offer weekly storytimes on Saturday mornings at 11:00am.
There are three Bookmans locations in Tucson – 6230 E. Broadway in East Tucson, 3330 E. Speedway in Central Tucson, and 3733 W. Ina Rd in Northwest Tucson. All three locations offer weekly storytimes and/or music hours in their children’s areas. Bookmans Storytimes include a snack + juice box and an accompanying craft.
MAKE WAY FOR BOOKS
Make Way for Books offers a free storytime at their office (700 N. Stone Ave) every Friday morning – 9:00am for babies (birth to 18months) and 10:00am for children (18mo to 5 years old). They also host a storytime on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 10:00am.
* Note: The Friday morning storytimes are on a hiatus for June & July 2017. Friday morning storytimes will resume on Friday, August 4th. Saturday Story Hour (3rd Saturday of each month) will continue as usual.
MILDRED & DILDRED
Mildred & Dildred is an upscale, whimsical, and wonderful toy shop located at La Encantada Shopping Mall. The shop offers storytime every Tuesday at 10:30am and every Thursday at 3:30pm. Designed for children 4 and under, but all are welcome.
PIMA-COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Pima-County Public Library system includes a total of 26 libraries across Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana, Sahuarita, Ajo, and Green Valley. They offer regular storytimes throughout the week.
Find one near you:
- East Tucson Storytimes
- North Tucson Storytimes
- West Tucson Storytimes
- South Tucson Storytimes
- Central Tucson Storytimes
The University of Arizona’s monthly storytimes feature a “meet & greet” with a famous book character. Past characters have included Clifford, Little Critter, the Very Hungry Caterpillar, Curious George, Pete the Cat, Madeline, etc.
Where do you like to go to storytime in Tucson?