NYC Public Library Programs for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers - Story Time and Children's Movies
A great way to beat the scorching summer heat is to visit your local library branch. Almost each neighborhood library runs some solid programs for children and for those toddlers and kids not yet in nursery school, mid-morning story hour is a great, free activity. Below are several library branches that offer free Story Time and Kids Movies so be sure to visit and pick up a calendar. Times are subject to change. The New York Public Library system has a great site with event schedules for all branches.
Upper East Side Libraries with Children's Story Time Programs for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Yorkville Library - (212) 744-5824 - 222 East 79th Street (between Second & Third Aves.), New York, NY 10021-1295
This Upper East Side library on 79th hosts weekly Preschool Story Hour, (very popular) Reading to Cody (where kids can read out loud to a therapy dog), and Children's Films (For Ages 3-5 where they can watch their favorite Picture Books come alive on screen)
96th Street Library - (212) 289-0908 - 112 East 96th Street (near Lexington Ave.), New York, NY 10128-2597
This Uptown branch has weekly Films for Families that are interesting for kids and for parents or caregivers.
Webster Library - 1465 York Avenue (near E. 78th St.), New York, NY 10021-8895 (212) 288-5049
The Webster Library holds Toddler Story Time (this highly popular program has multiple start times and has moms and nannies lining up around the block so get there early to get in line, Reading Aloud (for Kids 3-5)
Upper West Side Libraries with Children's Story Time Programs for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers
St. Agnes Library - (212) 621-0619 - 444 Amsterdam Avenue (near @. 81st St.), New York, NY 10024-5506
This Upper West Side location holds Toddler Playtime, a small playgroup where toddlers could play with age appropriate toys and socialize with other kids in their neighborhood. They also have Preschool Time Read to Me Club which involved pre-registering.
Riverside Library - (212) 870-1810 - 127 Amsterdam Avenue (at W. 65th St.), New York, NY 10023-6447
This Riverside library has a Lunchtime Play! program where infants up through 18 months and 3-5 year olds could play in the community room with the library’s toys, a great option for a free indoor play space that’s air conditioned in summer and warm in winter and of course dry on a rainy day.
Midtown NYC Libraries with Children's Story Time Programs for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Grand Central Library - (212) 621-0670 - 135 East 46th Street (between Lexington & Third Aves.), New York, NY 10017
This Midtown branch has a weekly Picture Book Read Aloud for kids 3-11.
Kips Bay Library - (212) 683-2520 - 446 Third Avenue (at E. 31st St.), New York, NY 10016-6025
This family friendly branch near Murray Hill has a Baby Lapsit program where moms and caregivers could meet other babies for some lively songs and rhymes from birth to 18 months. Rhyme Time is for Kids 3-5 where they can listen to stories and rhyme and sing and play with musical instruments).
Downtown NYC Libraries with Children's Story Time Programs for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers
Jefferson Market Library - (212) 243-4334 - 425 Avenue of the Americas (at 10th St.), New York, NY 10011-8454
This Downtown NYC library has a number of great story hours for kids including Toddler Time, Arts & Crafts, Preschool Time, and Read to a Therapy Dog.
Ottendorfer Library - (212) 674-0947 - 135 Second Avenue (near E. 8th St. - St. Marks Place), New York, NY 10003-8304
The Ottendorfer Library near St. Marks has a great Baby Story Time hour for infants up through 18 months.