Where You Should Be Playing With Your Family :: Birmingham Area Libraries

Ok, there are SO many things I love about the Birmingham area — our parks and our splash pads, our restaurants and our trails, our proximity to fun destinations, and all kinds of other activities suited for families — but perhaps my veryyyy favorite thing is our LIBRARIES. It is just ridiculous how many free, quality, awesome library programs exist throughout the Greater Birmingham area. Whether you are truly looking to impart a love for books and reading on your children or you just desperately need an effortless outing (no judgement either way!), get out and enjoy your local library — or try 10 of them!
 
Below you will find a list of standing story and play times at area libraries. Please note that these are subject to change, and the list is not exhaustive. In addition to the regularly scheduled awesomeness, many libraries offer free tutoring, seasonal carnivals, special events, and family nights complete with free dinner!
 
Birmingham area libraries - family night featured a magician

Family Night at Library in the Forest, featuring a magician!

 
Albert L. Scott Library (Alabaster)
Every Other Wednesday: Sensory Storytime @ 3:30 p.m.
Fridays: Toddler Tales @ 10:30 a.m.
Saturdays: Tunes and Tales @ 1:00 p.m.
 
Avondale Regional Branch Library 
Mondays: Tot Time with Miss Eve @ 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., ages 2-4
Thursdays: Time for Tales @ 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., preschoolers
 
Emmet O’Neal Library (Mountain Brook)
Mondays: Toddler Tales @ 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., ages 24 – 26 months, Please register online!
Tuesdays: Together Time @ 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., all ages 
Tuesdays: Library Out Loud @ 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. grades K-2nd
Wednesdays: Mother Goose @ 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., ages 12 – 24 months, Please register online!
Wednesdays: Movers & Makers @ 1:30 p.m., ages 3 – 5, Please register online!
Thursdays: Patty Cake @ 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., ages 0 – 12 months, Please register online!
Thursdays: SNaP @ 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., grades 3 – 6
Saturdays: Family Storytime with Mr. Mac @ 10:30 a.m.
 
Birmingham area libraries - Emmet O'Neal

Every kiddo loves Emmet O’Neal’s big bear.

Gardendale Public Library 
Every Other Tuesday: STEAM lab @ 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., ages 3 – 12
Wednesdays: It’s Storytime @ Your Library @ 9:30 – 10:00 a.m., all ages
Thursdays: Brick Play @ 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Fridays: Toddler Time @ 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., ages Birth – 3
 
Homewood Public Library
Mondays: Storypalooza @ 10:30 – 11:00 a.m., Birth – Pre-K
Tuesdays: Wee Ones @ 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. & 10:30 – 11:00 a.m., Ages 3 and under
Every Other Tuesday: Girls Who Code @ 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., Ages 4th Grade +
Wednesdays: Sensory Storytime @ 10:30 – 11:00 a.m., pre-schoolers
Thursdays: Storyday with Nay Nay @ 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. & 10:00 – 10:30 a.m., pre-schoolers
Every Other Friday: Leaps & Bounds @ 10:30 – 11:00 a.m., ages 2 – 4, Please register online!
Every Other Friday: Move and Groove Storytime @ 10:30 – 11:00 a.m., Birth – Pre-k
 
Hoover Public Library
Mondays: Together with Twos @ 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 – 11:25 a.m., 2 year olds, Please register online!
Monday: Story Lab @ 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., STEAM activities for ages 3 – 8
Tuesdays: Mother Goose @ 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. or 10:30 – 11:00 a.m., 1 year olds, Please register online!
Tuesdays: Early Birds @ 10:00 – 10:20 a.m., 0 – 12 months, Please register online!
Wednesdays: Story Sprouts @ 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. or 10:30 – 11:00 a.m., Under age 4 
Thursdays: ExploraStory @ 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Ages 3+
Thursdays: Sensory Storytime @ 1:30 – 2:00 p.m., For kids with autism or other sensory challenges. Please register online!
Thursdays: PJ Storytime @ 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., All ages
Fridays: Movers & Shakers @ 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Preschoolers
 
Birmingham area libraries - Hoover

Meeting Peter Rabbit at Hoover Library was a real treat!

Jane B. Holmes Public Library (Helena)
Tuesdays: Storytime @ 11:00 – 11:30 a.m., all ages
Thursdays: Storytime @ 11:00 – 11:30 a.m., all ages
 
Leeds Jane Culbreth Library
Every Other Tuesday: Tot Time @ 10:00 a.m.; Preschool Craft at 10:00 a.m.; Kids Craft at 11:00 a.m.a and 4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: Read-A-Loud Book Club @ 3:30 – 4:15 p.m., 1st & 2nd grades
Every other Friday: Picture Book Book Club @ 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., pre-schoolers; Mommy & Me Yoga at 10:00 a.m.
Select Saturdays: Storytime @ 10:00 a.m.
 
Library in the Forest (Vestavia)
Mondays: Toddler A-Go-Go Classes @ 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. & 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Tuesdays: PJ Storytime @ 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: Story Friends @ 10:30 – 11:15 a.m., ages 5 and under
Wednesdays: This & That @ 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., 3rd – 6th graders
Thursdays: L.I.F.T. open play time @ 9:30 – Noon, preschoolers
Thursdays: Book Babies @ 10:00 – 10:30 p.m., Birth – 18 months
Every Other Saturday: Ms. Casey’s Marvelous Music & Movement @ 10:30 – 11:25 a.m., toddlers & preschoolers
 
Birmingham area libraries - Vestavia's Library in the Forest

If you know Vestavia’s library, then you know Mr. Frog! This place is seriously like a big treehouse!

Mt. Laurel Library
Every Other Friday: Toddler Tales @ 10:00 – 10:30 a.m., ages birth – 36 months, Please register online!
 
North Shelby Library
Mondays: Toddler Tales @ 10:00 – 10:30 a.m., ages 19 – 36 months
Select Tuesdays: Picture Book Club @ 10:00 a.m., ages 3 – 5, Please register online!; Sensory Storytime @ 10:00 a.m., Please register online! 
Wednesdays: Family Storytime with Mr. Mac @ 10:45 a.m.
Select Thursdays: Baby Tales @ 10:00 a.m., ages Birth – 18 months, Please register online!; PJ Storytime @ 6:30 p.m., Ages 3+
 
Pelham Public Library
Wednesdays: Storytime @ 9:15 – 10:00 a.m. or 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Thursdays: PJ Storytime @ 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
 
Southside Branch Library
Fridays: Preschool Storytime @ 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
 
Springville Road Regional Branch Library
Wednesdays: All Ages Sensory Storytime @ 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
 
Trussville Public Library
Tuesdays: Preschoolers at Play @ 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., ages 2 – 5
Thursdays: Storytime @ 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
 
West End Branch Library
Mondays: Storytime @ 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., all ages
 
Wylam Branch Library
Thursdays: Storytime with Ms. Fontaine @ 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., any age
 
Happy library-ing, and may all your storytimes be filled with the best books, music, snacks, and puppets that life has to give.
 

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