Storytime Policy

As part of the Bedford Free Public Library’s commitment to providing a wide range of programs for children of all ages, the Children’s Department offers storytimes throughout the year. Storytime at the Bedford Free Public Library is always free of charge and open to all families. Caregivers are required to attend storytime with their child(ren).

Current research on early literacy and brain development indicates that it is never too early to prepare children for success as readers. Parents and caregivers of newborns, toddlers, and preschoolers play a critical role as their children’s first teachers. With this in mind, storytime is more than reading stories aloud; it is a lively, curiosity-sparking experience for both caregivers and children to interact with literature and to foster the development of early literacy skills. As such, it is always conducted by trained, experienced library staff.

Family-oriented, all-ages storytimes are offered year-round. Age-specific storytimes are designed to meet the needs and interests of different ages and developmental stages. Age-specific storytime will be offered as community needs dictate and as staffing allows.

Please be aware that storytime is canceled if the Bedford Public Schools cancel classes due to weather, even if the Library remains open.

Approved 11/14/2000, Revised 1/17/2023