Kids Events

After School Snacks

Monday – Friday from 3:00-5:00 PM, youth 18 and under can enjoy a free snack courtesy of the Food Bank of the Rockies at our Central and Clifton locations.

Story Time at Mesa County Libraries

About Story Time

Story Time makes learning fun! Featuring stories, songs, rhymes, and other activities, Story Time emphasizes five simple practices – reading, talking, writing, singing, and playing – that help children learn the skills they need to be ready to read. Story Time is a great way to introduce your child to language skills in a positive and fun environment. Children and their grownups are encouraged to engage with books and songs and to actively participate in the program. Story times last around 30 minutes unless otherwise noted.


The Story Times We Offer

  • Infant and Toddler Story Time

A story time experience for our youngest library users and their caregivers. These 20-to-30-minute story times introduce books, songs, rhymes, and other activities that are developmentally appropriate for children from birth up to 36 months of age.

  • 10:00 AM; Mondays – Fruita
  • 9:30 AM; Tuesdays – Central
  • 9:30 AM; Thursdays – Central


  • Preschool Story Time

Share the fun of reading with your children ages 3 to 5 years! During these story times, children and their grownups will explore stories and activities that encourage children to expand their imaginations and arouse curiosity about the world around them while developing a lifelong love of reading and learning.

  • 10:30 AM; Tuesdays – Central
  • 10:00 AM; Wednesdays – Fruita
  • 10:30 AM; Thursdays – Central


  • Family Story Time

Story time fun for the entire family, these story times are packed full of books and activities designed to be enjoyed by families with children up to age 6. Promoting language and literacy skills, these story times are a great way to further your child’s lifelong love of reading and learning.

  • 10:00 AM; Tuesdays – Palisade
  • 3:00 PM; Wednesdays – Clifton
  • 10:00 AM; Fridays – Orchard Mesa
  • 10:00 AM; Fridays – De Beque
  • 10:30 AM; Fridays – Collbran
  • 10:00 AM; Saturdays – Central


  • Music and Movement Story Time
    When words fade, music speaks. During these story times, children up to age 8 and their grown-ups will have fun discovering sounds, rhythm, and stories. Music Story Time is a fun way to support learning through movement as well as singing and playing instruments.
    • 2:00 PM; Mondays – Central


Story Time FAQ

What is the role of adults at story time?

An adult bringing a child to story time must remain with the child throughout the duration of the program. Parents and caregivers can learn by watching library staff demonstrate good read-aloud skills and by being aware of the age-appropriate books, music, songs and activities staff use during story time then take these tools home for use beyond the walls of the library.


How can a parent or caregiver find a convenient story time?

Please check our events calendar to find a story time appropriate for your child and convenient for your family. Space at story times may be limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis unless otherwise indicated on the calendar listing.


Can I bring my group to story time?

Capacity will vary from location to location. Please contact the library location for more details, including how to schedule a story time specifically for your group.


How can caregivers make the most of story time?

  • Come to story time on a regular basis.
  • Arrive a few minutes early.
  • Set an example for your child by paying attention to the stories and actively participating in activities throughout story time.
  • Silence phones and other devices and put them away.
  • Put away food, toys and other distractions.
  • Take an upset child out of the program area and come back when they calm down.
  • Encourage your child to choose books to share at home.
  • Ask library staff for help in choosing age-appropriate books and music.
  • Talk with your child about the stories after story time.
  • ​Say the story time rhymes and sing the songs at home with your child.