I need a storytime stat. I have 3 very active children, we’ve tried classes, and sports and until I can pay a tenth, for the tenth they actually participate in and like, I’m on a mission to find a free storytime that they can enjoy a lot, or not at all. Birmingham is filled with a plethora of free storytimes, from libraries, to bookstores and markets, this city has them, and I’m going to find them.
Barnes and Noble – Summit
We attended a Super Saturday Storytime a couple of weeks ago, and I have to say I was extremely impressed. It was a character storytime, “Where the Wild things Are.” Storyteller, Ian, read 2 books, finishing up with “Wild Things,” After the story, they allowed the children to color on coloring sheets that corresponded with the first book, “Guess How Much I Love You,” then they brought out a yummy treat from the in-store Starbucks, warm milk with caramel syrup. A nice drink for what was a very cold day. A few minutes into the coloring sheet, a real “Wild Thing” made an appearance. Now, we’ve seen a lot of “characters” in our time and this one was the real deal. (maybe a little too real?)
I have to give this storytime, two thumbs up for the older set. The under 2’s seemed to be very distracted by all of the lovies, and touchables in the childrens department where the storytime is held. Not necessarily a bad thing if you have an older child there to enjoy it, but not something you would want to do with just the little ones or at least not something you would have to do on a schedule. The children’s department in general is very inviting and full of fun
Barnes and Noble at the Summit hosts two recurring storytimes each week. Tuesdays at 11am, and on Saturdays at 2pm. You can find their schedule at their site or by checking out our weekly calendar.