The Ultimate Guide to Story Times in the Birmingham Area

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story times in the birmingham areaAs a mother of young children, one of my favorite free activities is checking out the various story times in the Birmingham area! Many local libraries, and even some bookstores, host story times for kids. Want to know the best part? There is SO much variety! Some story times include music, some include crafts, and some even allow for free play.

With all the story times around town, you can find fun, FREE, educational activities for you and your kiddos for nearly every day of the week. Here’s a roundup of story times that you can check out in Jefferson and Shelby counties. You can also find these listed on our monthly events calendar!

Jefferson County Libraries

Birmingham Public Library – Central

Address: 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: (205) 226-3600
Library Hours: Mon – Sat 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tinker Tales

Description: STEM story time at Central Library held at Story Castle (East 2nd Floor)
Dates: 
Wednesdays (9/7, 9/21, 10/12, 10/26, 11/2, 11/16)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Gardendale Public Library

Address: 995 Mt Olive Road, Gardendale, AL 35071
Phone: (205) 631-6639
Library Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Wed, Fri 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sat 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Story Time
Dates: 
Wednesdays (thru 9/21)
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Toddler Time
Dates: 
Fridays (thru 9/23)
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Homewood Public Library

Address: 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209
Phone: (205) 332-6600
Library Hours: Mon – Sat 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tinker Tales – Preschool Story Time
Description: Join Miss Erika for a fun-filled story time! After stories it’s time to fire up your imagination and tinker around with friends for some Loose Parts Play.
Dates: 
Thursdays (9/1 – 12/1, will not meet 11/24)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 

Wee Ones – Preschool Story Time
Description: Join Miss Mary for a fun and energetic storytime with lots of singing and dancing!
Dates: 
Tuesdays (9/6 – 11/29, will not meet 11/8 or 11/22)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 

PJ Story Time – All Ages Story Time
Description: Come to the library in your pajamas and hear great stories and songs before bedtime with Miss Kelly!
Dates: 
Tuesdays (9/6 – 11/29, will not meet 11/8 or 11/22)
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 

Storypalooza – Preschool Story Time
Description: A good ol’ time with Miss Aaliyah’s energizing story time to get everyone ready for the day!
Dates: 
Wednesdays (9/7 – 11/30, will not meet 11/23)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 

Book Babies – 18 months and younger
Description: Encourage singing, playing, and socializing with your baby in this intimate storytime with Miss Mary.
Dates: 
Saturdays (9/24, 10/22, 11/19)
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Hoover Public Library

Address: 200 Municipal Drive, Hoover, AL 35216
Phone: (205) 444-7810
Hours: Mon – Thurs 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Fri 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sat 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sun 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Together with Tots – Preschool Story Time
Description: Stories and songs for 18 to 36-month-olds! Themes change bi-weekly. Register online (opens one week ahead of time).
Dates: 
Tuesdays (9/6 – 11/29)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Story Sprouts – Preschool Story Time
Description: Dance and play in this interactive movement story time! Designed for children 4 and under. Register online (opens one week ahead of time).
Dates: 
Wednesdays (9/7 – 11/30, will not meet 11/23)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

PJ Story Time – All Ages Story Time
Description: Wear your pajamas for stories, songs and fun!
Dates: 
Thursdays (9/8 – 11/17)
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

Story Time at Lee Branch – All Ages Story Time
Description: Meet at East 59’s flagship café in Lee Branch and enjoy a fun story time for all ages!
Dates: 
Fridays (9/9 – 11/18, will not meet 10/28 and 11/11)
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Story Time Special – Space Jamming
Description: Take a musical journey through the cosmos! Explore the solar system and beyond with hands-on music and activities. Ages 5-8. Register online (opens one week ahead of time).
Dates: 
Friday 9/9
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Baby Playdate
Description: Enjoy a brief story time activity and open ended play. Ages 0-18 Months. Register online (opens one week ahead of time).
Dates: 
Monday 9/12
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. 

Story Lab – S.T.E.A.M.
Description: Listen, laugh, and learn! One story prompts lots of hands-on S.T.E.A.M. activities designed for 3 to 8-year-olds.
Dates: 
Mondays (9/12 – 12/5, will not meet 10/31)
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Story Time Special – Discover the Artist
Description: Learn about an artist and their work with this special story time at Hoover Public Library! Kids will have the chance to craft their own piece inspired by the featured artist. Ages 5-9. Register online (opens one week ahead of time).
Dates: 
Friday 11/4
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Mountain Brook – O’Neal Library

Address: 50 Oak Street, Mountain Brook, AL 35213
Phone: (205) 445-1192
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m; Wed, Fri, Sat 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sun 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Patty Cake – Lap Sit Story Time (18 months and younger)
Description: Guide your child through story time activities designed to boost development for infants to around 18 months. Early language & movement enrichment program composed of stories, rhymes, songs, motion, and sensory experiences, designed to nurture the bond between caregiver and young child. Register online (opens one week ahead of time).
Dates: 
Tuesdays (9/6 – 10/25)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

LOL Story Adventure (K – 2nd)
Description: Laugh out loud story time at Mountain Brook O’Neal Library. Sign in and drop off your K-2nd graders for live-action story time for school-aged, independent kids.
Dates: 
Tuesdays (9/6 – 9/27)
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Toddler Tales
Description: Directed movement. Establish routine & build attention and literacy skills for toddlers to around age 3. Register online (opens one week ahead of time).
Dates: 
Wednesdays (9/7 – 10/26)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Movers & Makers (Kindergarten Prep Story Time)
Description: Build cooperation, reading, and school readiness skills through stories, movement activities, and creative expression. For preschoolers aged 3-5 with a caregiver. Register online (opens one week ahead of time). 
Dates: 
Wednesdays (9/7 – 9/27)
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

All Together Story Time
Description: All ages, informal story time with lively music that seeks to build positive relationships with books and the library. In the meeting room or outside on the lawn when weather allows.
Dates: 
Thursdays (9/8 – 12/15, will not meet 11/24)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Springville Road Regional Branch Library

Address: 1224 Old Springville Rd, Birmingham, AL 35215
Phone: (205) 226-4081
Hours: Mon – Sat 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

1-2-3 Play-With-Me
Description: This program is for infants and toddlers. Families play and read together.
Dates: 
Thursdays (9/1 – 10/6)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

It’s Story Time!
Description: Come hear stories, do crafts and have fun!
Dates: 
Wednesdays (9/7 – 11/16)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Trussville Public Library

Address: 201 Parkway Drive, Trussville, AL 35173
Phone: (205) 655-2022
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Wed, Fri 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sat 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sun 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Children’s Story Time
Description: Join Ms. Alicia for stories, songs, bubble time, and lots of fun! The event will be held in the library auditorium every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. All ages.
Dates: 
Thursdays (9/8 – 12/29)
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Preschoolers at Play
Description: A guided sensory time will begin at 10:30 a.m. with Ms. Alicia, followed by free play at several stations set up around the large auditorium with various toys. Parents will need to stay with their child as they move between stations.
Dates:
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month (9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 12/21)
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Vestavia Hills Public Library

Address: 1221 Montgomery Highway, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
Phone: (205) 978-0155
Hours: Mon – Thurs 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Fri, Sat 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sun 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Children’s Story Time
Description: Ms. Lisa introduces babies birth to 18 months to the joys of story time with special lap-sit programs.
Dates: 
Thursdays (begins 9/1)
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 

Ms. Courtney’s Library Stop!
Description: Make the library your regular stop every first and third Saturday to see Ms. Courtney and her story pals! Stories, songs, dancing, and playing make this the perfect Saturday morning activity! All ages.
Dates: 
Saturdays
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Toddler A-Go-Go
Description: The perfect story time for toddlers on the go! Singing, dancing, and moving, with some stories thrown in, will make this one of your favorite weekly activities! Ages 18-36 months. 
Dates: 
Tuesdays (begins 9/6)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Story Friends
Description: Ms. Lisa will bring stories, music, movement, and fun for all her preschool friends.
Dates: 
Wednesdays (begins 9/7)
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Shelby County Libraries

Alabaster – Albert L. Scott Library

Address: 100 Ninth Street NW, Alabaster, AL 35007
Phone: (205) 664-6822
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs 9:00 a.m. – 7:50 p.m.; Wed 10:00 a.m. – 5:50 p.m.; Fri 9:00 a.m. – 5:50 p.m.; Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 4:50 p.m.; Sun 1:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.

Toddler Tales
Description: Weekly story time. Singing, finger play, stories, movement and more will keep toddlers and caregivers busy.
Dates: 
Fridays
Time: 10:30 a.m.

Sensory Story Time
Description: Families with special needs will enjoy this inclusive program presented on a preschool level for all ages, children through young adult with autism, sensory processing, or other developmental needs. 
Dates:
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month
Time: 3:30 p.m.

Calera – Roy Downs Memorial Public Library

Address: 9700 Highway 25, Calera, AL 35040
Phone: (205) 668-7200
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Wed, Fri 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sat 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Toddler Story Time A
Description: Weekly story time geared towards ages 0-4 years old.
Dates: 
Thursdays
Time: 9:00 a.m.

Toddler Story Time B
Description: Weekly story time geared towards ages 4 and older.
Dates: 
Thursdays
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Chelsea Public Library

Address: 16623 Hwy 280, Chelsea, AL 35043
Phone: (205) 618-9735
Hours: Mon – Fri 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Sat 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tot Time Story Time
Description: Join Mrs. Emily at the Chelsea Community Center for this tot time story time to encourage parent/child bonding and lifelong reading! Story time with music and games for tots and their parents to learn early development skills. For toddlers and early preschoolers. 
Dates:
Wednesdays and Thursdays
Time: 10:30 a.m.

Columbiana Public Library

Address: 50 Lester Street, Columbiana, AL 35051
Phone: (205) 669-5812
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 9:00 a.m. – 4:50 p.m.; Tues, Thurs 9:00 a.m. – 7:50 p.m.; Sat 9:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Story Time
Description: Weekly story time with stories and crafts.
Dates: 
Tuesdays
Time: 10:00 a.m.

Helena – Jane B. Holmes Public Library

Address: 230 Tucker Road, Helena, AL 35080
Phone: (205) 664-8308
Hours: Mon, Thurs 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Tues, Wed 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Fri 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sat 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Story Time
Description: Weekly story time with stories and songs.
Dates: 
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

North Shelby Library

Address: 5521 Cahaba Valley Road, Birmingham, AL 35242
Phone: (205) 439-5500
Hours: Mon, Thurs 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Tues, Wed, Fri 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sat 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sun 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Family Story Time
Description: A program ideal for Pre-K with caregivers nearby. Stories, songs, finger plays, and fun make up a lively 30-minute program. This story time will be held outdoors at Heardmont Park. Register through their online calendar to receive specific format and location information.
Dates: 
Wednesdays 
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Pajama Jam Story Time
Description: An evening of story time fun. Wear your pajamas! Starting in spring, this story time will be held outdoors on the library’s back patio. Register through their online calendar to receive specific format and location information.
Dates: 
Thursdays 
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

Montevallo – Parnell Memorial Library

Address: 277 Park Drive, Montevallo, AL 35115
Phone: (205) 667-3052
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Tues, Thurs 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sat 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Mini Music
Description: A FREE music and movement class for kids ages 1 – 4 with a caregiver.
Dates: 
Tuesdays 
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. 

Family Story Time with Mr. Mac
Description: A free family story time for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers with a caregiver present.
Dates: 
Wednesdays 
Time: 9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 

Pelham Public Library

Address: 2000 Pelham Park Boulevard, Pelham, AL 35124
Phone: (205) 620-6418
Hours: Mon – Thurs 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Fri 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sat 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Preschool Story Time
Description: Ms. Rebecca & Ms. Ashley present stories, songs and more along with a craft and a snack.
Dates: 
Wednesdays (9/7 – 12/7, 10/26 will meet at the Pelham Park Pavilion, will not meet 11/23)
Time: 9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

PJ Story Time
Description: Wear your favorite PJs as you join Ms. Ashley for fun and stories along with a craft and a snack.
Dates: 
Thursdays (9/8 – 12/1, will not meet 11/24)
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Bookstores

Little Professor – Homewood

Address: 2844 18th St S, Homewood, AL 35209
Phone: (205) 870-7461
Hours: Every day 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Story Time
Description: Every week story time brings in families from across Homewood and the Birmingham area. Meet other folks who are invested in literacy and community!
Dates: 
Tuesdays
Time: 9:30 a.m. 

Thank You Books – Crestwood

Address: 5502 Crestwood Blvd, Unit B, Birmingham AL 35212
Phone: (205) 202-3021
Hours: Tues – Sat 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sun 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Closed Mon

Story Time
Description: Saturday morning story time with picture books geared towards preschool aged children, but all ages are welcome!
Dates: 
Saturdays
Time: 10:30 a.m. 

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This content is accurate as of August 25, 2022. Please check with your local library for any updated times.
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Kristina is the Social Media Manager for Birmingham Mom Collective. She was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and moved to Helena at the end of 2019. She spent her early career working in the Psychology Department at the University of Washington as a Research Study Coordinator, and later transitioned to working at the UW Center for Child and Family Well-being as a Program Operations Specialist. After Kristina met and married her husband Landon (a traveling RN) in 2015, they ended the year with a cross country road trip and spent the next couple years traveling for Landon's work, bringing whatever they could cram into their Honda Civic. Her biggest adventure, however, has been becoming a stay-at-home-boy-mom to two active little boys! Kristina runs on caffeine and loves exploring the Birmingham area, being involved at church, trying out new recipes, doing at-home workouts in her closet, and being outside with her boys.

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