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!
Multnomah County 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 storytime, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) storytimes, STEAM storytime, the Sellwood Storytelling Show and a preschool sensory storytime. 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 as well as popping up at new sites all the time, be sure to bookmark their website so you always know where to find them! Olive and Rootbeer shows are generally free with a $5 suggested donation to support the artists.
Green Bean Books. Listen to carefully selected books at Green Bean Books,the quirky and lovely Portland bookstore on NE Alberta. Weekly storytimes are held Tuesdays & Sundays 11 am-11:30 am, Thursdays 3:30 pm-4 pm, Fridays baby storytime 10:30 am-11 am. Storytimes are always free. Be sure to check their website for other weekly special storytimes, crafts and book releases.
Powells Books. What City of Books would be complete without a storytime? Powell’s Books (downtown) has theirs every Saturday at 11 am, and the Cedar Hills location hosts theirs on the 2nd (2nd Sunday is a Spanish storytime) and 4th Sunday 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. Weekly storytime most Sundays at the New Seasons on N. Williams Street. The storytime starts at 9:30 am-10:15 am and is open to all. Session ends on May 21. PJ Library also hosts a Hebrew storytime at the Hillsboro Library on the 2nd Sunday of the month from 2:30 pm-3:15 pm.
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!