Education Programs

Little Bookworms Story Time

Story Time is supported by Align Credit Union

The “Little Bookworms” story time provides an age appropriate activity that fosters a sense of responsibility and compassion in our youngest visitors, from those in strollers to those in preschool.  We invite our community's youngest animal lovers to join us with their adult counterparts for weekly story time at 10:30am in our Education Room on Fridays, September through mid June.  During the half hour session, an animal-friendly short story is read to attendees, and we bring an adoptable animal into the room to visit.  Registration for individuals is not required.  And while there's no cost, donations are always welcome.

 2014 Schedule: Every Friday at 10:30, except for the following dates: February 21st, April 25th, November 28th, and December 26th.  Little Bookworms does take a "summer vacation"; the last session for the spring is June 20th, and the programs resumes again on September 12th.  Cancellations due to inclement weather conditions will be posted on the web site. 

We now sell copies of Before You Were Mine, The Salamander Room, and Don't Lick the Dog in our lobby; all proceeds benefit our animals!

Want to support Little Bookworms?  Consider donating an item from our Amazon Wish List!

Bringing a group: If you are planning to bring a group to story time, including a mother's club or small pre-K class of 10 or more people, please let us know in advance which date you're attending so that we can accommodate you:  We may be able to offer private sessions during the week for a small donation.

Getting to story time:  We host story time in the Rogers Family Foundation Education and Training Room, which is to the far left of the Noble Family Animal Care and Adoption Center (the large yellow and white building at 400 Broadway).  The Education Room has its own entrance, which we open at 10:25 am.  We use this room for other activities in the mornings, so unfortunately we cannot open the doors sooner.  The adoption center opens at 12:00 am on Fridays, so families are encouraged to visit our adoptable animals after story time!

What we read: Each week, a volunteer joins us at story time to greet visitors and read our feature story.  Books include fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.  Many have been awarded the Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, which honors books that promote the humane ethic of compassion and respect for all living things.  If you have a great book in mind for the "Little Bookworms" story time, please share it with us!

Some of our favorite books include:

Albert and Sarah Jane by Malachy Doyle

Be Gentle with the Dog, Dear by Mathew J. Baek

Before You Were Mine by Maribeth Boelts

Buddy Unchained by Daisy Bix and Joe Hyatt

Curious George and the Puppies by Margret and H.A. Rey

Don't Lick the Dog by Wendy Wahman

Gorilla Goes Walking by Nikki Grimes

Libby the Cat by Yetti Frenkel

Please Don't Tease Tootsie by Margaret Chamberlain

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

The Salamander Room by Ann Mazer

What Pet to Get? by Emma Dodd

Zak: The One-Of-A-Kind Dog by Jane Lidz

additional Pre-K & Lower Elementary book suggestions >>