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  • Virtual Storytimes

    Join us online for storytimes with familiar faces! Tune in through our Facebook page on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 10:30 AM for family storytime, and Tuesdays at 6:30 PM for pajama storytime.

  • We are debuting a new, on-demand storytime service called Storyline this month. Storyline offers recorded stories over the phone, and is geared toward preschool and early elementary children and their families. For people looking for an opportunity to listen to stories offline, call (804) 501-1946 (804) 501-1946. The library will offer newly recorded stories each week. Learn more here.

Kids Video Gallery

Did you miss a Storytime? Check out these videos starring your favorite librarians. Find more of our videos on the HCPL YouTube channel.

Watch The Key to the Kingdom with Mr. Chris video on HCPL's YouTube channel
The Key to the Kingdom with Mr. Chris
Sing Good Morning video on HCPL's YouTube channel
Sing Good Morning (Bilingual)
Watch Sensory Storytime: Butterflies video on HCPL's YouTube channel
Sensory Storytime: Butterflies!
Watch the 5 Little Ducks with Mr. Chris video on HCPL's YouTube channel
5 Little Ducks with Mr. Chris
Why Frogs Have No Tails Puppet Show video on HCPL's YouTube channel
Why Frogs Have No Tails Puppet Show
Watch the Make Your Own Hinge Puppet video on HCPL's YouTube channel
Make Your Own Hinge Puppet
Here's My Book with Ms. Barbara at HCPL YouTube channel
Here's My Book with Ms. Barbara
Watch The Story of the Red House video on HCPL's YouTube channel
The Story of the Red House

Every Child Ready to Read

Our storytimes are designed to help young children acquire the skills they need to start school ready to learn. We emphasize pre-literacy skills at storytime and use research-based best practices to help children learn them through fun activities. Learn more about early literacy and the Five Early Literacy Practices.

Expectations for Caregivers and Children

Help everybody get the most out of storytime by following these guidelines!

Come Early

Space is limited due to room capacity. Show up early to make sure you find a spot. We are unable to accommodate group visits at storytimes. Please call your library to arrange something special for your group.

Join In

We encourage caregivers to sing, clap, and play along! Young children learn by doing, and you are your child's best role model.

Model Good Listening

Sit close to your child, turn off cell phones and wait until storytime is over to chat with other parents.

Health and Safety First

If the room is full, please park strollers outside. Leave toys and snacks outside the story room. Constant coughing and runny noses mean it's time to stay home. If your child is having a hard time, being aggressive or disruptive, please feel free to take a break and come back when everybody is ready.

Do-It-Yourself Storytime

When storytime is on break you can continue to enrich your child's life in literature with some of these free resources.

At the Library

  • You are always welcome to keep your library routine by visiting the library. You can present your own storytime by reading with your children at the library or check out materials to take home and share. While visiting you and your children can play with materials in our early literacy centers.
  • - With 3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles and other learning activities,'s award-winning online curriculum is free for use at our library locations for young learners (ages 2-6+). From Age of Learning, Inc.
  • Check out one of our Read-To-Me Kits. These preschool "discovery packs" contain a theme in an easy to carry book bag. There are many themes to choose from, including seasons, holidays, trains and concepts such as alphabet, counting, colors and shapes. Each bag contains a mix of books, simple toys and DVDs that focus on the bag's theme. They are available at many libraries and can be placed on hold.


  • VA Lit Day by Day provides early literacy activities for every day. You will find topic-specific songs, app recommendations, stories and suggestions of simple activities to reinforce the day’s concept.
  • Our Librarians have reviewed lots of fun educational apps.
  • Check our events calendar for special activities likes crafts and Family Fun!

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