There are so many options for exposing your kids to good books in Portland. Of course, there are storytimes at your local library – you can go every day of the week in fact if you like! But many local bookstores, coffee shops, and community centers offer storytimes too. Below is our comprehensive compilation of all things story – enjoy!
Library storytimes. You can find a storytime at a local library nearly every day of the week. The traditional storytime includes stories, bubbles, songs and some play time. These are separated out roughly by age – but feel free to go to whichever one works for you and your family. In addition, the library has special black story times, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese storytimes, and storytimes for those with sensory processing issues. If you time it right, you can even head over for a pajama storytime. Check the library’s website for the right storytime for you.
Olive Rootbeer and Dingo are two clowns who sing music, tell stories, and make crazy balloon creations. These two are a Portland institution, and for great reason. They have many weekly shows around town, including Mondays at 10 am at the Pied Piper Cafe in Sellwood, Tuesdays at the Warehouse Cafe in Brooklyn at 10 am, Thursdays at Hammer & Jacks toy store on Foster, and Fridays at Pie Spot on NE 24th near Sandy. Olive and Rootbeer shows are generally free with a $5 suggested donation to support the artists.
Listen to carefully selected books at Green Bean Books,the quirky and lovely Portland bookstore on NE Alberta. Story times are held most Tuesdays from 11-11:30. Free! (Also check their website for other storytimes.)
What City of Books would be complete without a storytime? Powell’s Books (downtown) has theirs every Saturdays at 11, and the Cedar Hills location has theirs on Sundays at 3. The book chosen is announced ahead of time, so you can decide whether you want to join. The storytime is free.
PJ Library has a weekly storytime most Sundays at the New Seasons on N. Williams Street. The storytime starts at 9:30 and is open to all.
Spanish Niño Time-PDX is a drop-in Spanish Playgroup, where kids up to five-years-old are welcome to hear and learn Spanish through songs, stories and play. This storytime is held most Wednesdays at the Upper Westside Play Gym in SW Portland at 10 am, and most Fridays at Tabor Space at 10:45 am. $5.
Have a favorite we missed? Let us know!