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 Family and Child Programs at the Library


Fotolia_20060439_XS.jpgThe Library has a variety of fun and educational events for families. We welcome all families to visit us for a storytime, art activity or other program at their local branch. Family events are a great opportunity for families to meet new friends, schedule play dates for children and mingle with other parents.

Please visit the full library calendar for a complete listing of events, locations and details. The following events are a few of our most favorite family programs.


Lapsit Storytime      
For children from birth to 18 months. Babies and their caregivers share quality time in a 20-minute session designed to encourage language development through sharing board books and movement activities, followed by time for visiting and play. 
Call to register.

Toddler Storytime    
For children ages 18 months to 3. Toddlers and their caregivers are welcome to join us for 20 minutes of action-packed fun with stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and musical movement for this busy age group. Come shake your sillies out with us! No registration required.

Preschool Storytime           
For children ages 3 to 6. Children and their caregivers are invited to come and share 30 minutes of stories, music and movement that encourages the development of early literacy skills. No registration required.
Family Storytime    
For all ages, with a focus on children age 2 and up. Children, parents and their caregivers are invited to come and share 30 minutes of stories, music and movement that encourages the development of early literacy skills. No registration required.   
School Age children are welcome to read books aloud to therapy dogs to encourage confidence in reading. Please call or stop by the library to sign up for 15-minute reading sessions.


Enjoy a Storywalk with your family this summer throughout Carver County. Pages from this year's Storywalk titles, Moo! by David LaRochelle and Caps For Sale (Waconia) by Esphyr Slobodinka, will be located along a walking path as it leads you on to the end of the story. StoryWalk encourages children to read outside in their local city and county parks during the summer as part of the National Park System's No Child Left Inside initiative.

Chaska: Thursday, June 18, 10:30-12:00 in the City Park Square. Head on back to the library after the walk for a demonstration by Zach the Yo-Yo Master!
Victoria: Monday, June 29, 10:30-12:00 with a storytime preceding the walk at 10:30. Thursday, July 30, 6:00-7:00 (Celebrating Victoria's Centennial!)
Waconia: Tuesday, June 30, 10:30-11:30 at Fountain Park across from the library. Stop by the library after the walk for a take home craft!
Watertown: Thursday, July 9, 11:00-12:30 at the Wi-Fi Park. Storytime in the library at 11 with Princess Kay and a Yo-Yo demonstration by Zach!
Chanhassen: Wednesday, July 29, 10:00-12:00 at the Chanhassen City Park with a Barnyard Beat Storytime in the library at 10:30. Visit the self-guided StoryWalk before or after our Barnyard Beat Storytime.
Norwood Young America: Storywalks will be held at Baylor Regional Park. Contact the Norwood Young America Library at 952-467-2665 for further details.
Bloomington Theater and Art Center Workshops
The Famous Purple Crayon
For Ages 3 to 5. Registration Required
Create and draw your own adventures in an accordion book format based on Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson.
Victoria: Monday, June 22, 3:00-4:00
Hungry Caterpillar Puppets
For Ages 3 to 5. Registration Required

Using the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle as inspiration, kids will create colorful accordion caterpillar stick puppets.
Watertown: Thursday, June 25, 11:30-12:30
Super Storytimes!
BarnYard Beat with a Dairy Princess!

Put on your boots for some barnyard fun with a Carver County Dairy Association Princess! Be sure to bring your camera for pictures with the princess after the program!

Watertown: Thursday, June 11, 11:00
Norwood Young America: Tuesday, June 16, 11:00
Waconia: Tuesday, June 23, 10:30
Victoria: Monday, July 6, 10:30
Chaska: Friday, June 26, 10:30
Chanhassen: Wednesday, July 29, 10:30 (NO Dairy Princess. Instead, take the StoryWalk before or after Storytime!)

Pete the Cat

Get ready to rock with Groovy Pete the Cat!

Waconia: Tuesday, June 16, 10:30
Norwood Young America: Tuesday, June 23, 11:00
Chanhassen: Wednesday, July 8, 10:30
Victoria: Monday, July 20, 10:30
Chaska: Friday, July 24, 10:30
Watertown: Thursday, July 30, 11:00