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Early Literacy Classes

Children start their learning journey at the Library. Visit all Library branches to find board books, music to check out, and a welcoming space for your baby or toddler to play and learn.

Storytimes help parents foster a lifelong love of books and reading in their children. Storytime is not only fun for children, but also informative and engaging for the parents who attend with them. Different storytimes focus on different age groups, but every storytime helps children and parents bond by participating in healthy, enriching activities together. Joining storytime is a fun way to introduce your children to the Library and to teach Early Literacy Skills.

  • Preschool: Helps pre-readers improve their literacy skills needed for their upcoming kindergarten year. This storytime features longer books accompanied by a variety of activities, including interactive songs and rhymes. Each thirty minute session ends with a craft or sensory activity. This class is designed for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 years. 
  • Bilingual storytime: Join us for stories and songs in Spanish and English. Best for toddlers and preschoolers. Hora de cuentos bilingüe: Ven a divertirte con canciones y cuentos en español e inglés
  • Hora de cuentos en Español: Cuentos y canciones para toda la familia.
  • Wigglyengages children and their caregivers with short stories, action rhymes, and songs. Your toddler will be learning sounds, letter recognition, new words, listening skills, and motor skills that will help them grow into pre-readers, all while having fun. This class is designed for toddlers ages 15 months to 3 years.
  • Baby and Mefocuses on developing your baby’s pre-literacy skills. In this thirty minute program, our storyteller will lead the group in songs, rhymes, group reading, and sensory play time to develop language skills, social skills, motor skills, and community building. This class is best for babies 0-14 months and their caregivers. 
  • Music and Movementall-singing, all-dancing morning of stories and fun! In this class, children and their caregivers learn how to develop early literacy skills through music, dancing, and creative play. These sessions are best for children ages 2-5. Ticketed event: Tickets given out in the Library lobby at 10:00am, first-come, first-served up to 25 children for the 1st session. Once the first session is full, tickets for the second session at 11:00am are distributed. 
  • Sensory: provides a welcoming, inclusive environment for all children to learn and grow. Small groups, structure, and sensory activities create an environment for sensory seekers and the sensory sensitive. Best for ages 3-7, but all ages and abilities welcome. Registration required.

If you are planning to bring a group, please contact the library ahead of time to confirm there is enough space.

Check our Event Calendar for special performances and/or cancellations.

Weekly Schedule

Buellton Library *preschool Mondays at 11:00am
Central Library *preschool Tuesday at 10:30am 
Montecito Library *wiggly  Tuesdays at 10:30am 
Solvang Library *preschool Tuesdays at 10:30am 
Goleta Library *wiggly Tuesdays at 10:15am 
Central Library *baby and me Wednesdays at 11:30am and 12:30pm
Eastside Library *preschool, bilingual miercoles/Wednesdays at 10:30am 
Solvang Library *wiggly Wednesday at 10:30am 
Goleta Library *preschool  Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am
Carpinteria Library *preschool Thursdays at 10:30am 
Central Library *wiggly Thursdays at 10:30am 
Goleta Library *baby and me Thursdays at 11:15am 
Central Library *music and movement Fridays at 10:15am and 11:00am 
Central Library *bilingual  sábados / Saturdays at 11:30am 
Central Library *sensory  First and Last Saturdays monthly at 1:30pm


Mondays at 11:00am


Additional Classes

Nursery Rhyme Dance Time with Inspire Dance SB at Goleta Library: 

On the First Wednesday of every month we wiggle, jump, sway, and clap to music and nursery rhymes. Sean Lynn Crawford from Inspire Dance Arts will offer fun movement ideas for your child to develop coordination while also learning classic nursery rhymes. Check the calendar for class dates

Family Place at Goleta Library: 

A play-based workshop designed for children ages 1-3, and including siblings ages 0-5. Get to know community experts and learn about child development and resources in our community while your child interacts in a learning environment. Registration required. The next 5-week session starts Saturday, April 14. Must be able to attend the whole series: April 14, 21 & 28, May 5 & 12. Visit Goleta Library or call 805-964-7878 to register. Check the calendar for class dates

Music Together at Solvang Library: 

Diane Byinton of the Solvang Conservatory shares songs, instrument play, rhythm chants and movement in a relaxed, playful setting. Caregiver participation required. Pre-registration guarantees a spot. Call 805-688-4214 or email to register.  Check the calendar for class dates



Last Updated: Jan 29, 2018
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