illustration credit
River Boy: The story of Mark Twain

written by William Anderson;
illustrated by Dan Andreasen;
published by Harper Collins, 2003



The Mark Twain Library offers story times for children ranging in age from birth to eight years. Story times offered from September through May require pre-registration; "drop-in" story times offered in June and July do not. Descriptions of the various story time offerings and rules for registration are provided below.

The Library offers four sessions of story times for children throughout the year. Story times held during the fall, winter, and spring require pre-registration. Story times held during the summer do not require pre-registration.

A full schedule of story times is offered in the fall, winter and spring. Each session runs for six or seven weeks, and provides classes for residents who are the following ages.

Tiny Tots

for children birth-12 months;
30 minutes of music and movement and making new friends
must be accompanied by an adult;
held Tuesday at 10:30 am

Mother Goose

for children 12-24 months;
30 minutes of rhymes, music and active play;
must be accompanied by an adult;
held Mondays at 10:30 am and Wednesdays at 10:30 am


45 minutes of play, books, crafts, music or short book-based video;
must be accompanied by an adult;
held Mondays at 11:30 am and Thursdays at 10:30 am

Three-and-four-year-olds (and pre-kindergarten five-year-olds)

45 minutes of listening to stories, making crafts, singing or viewing book-based videos;
child participates without grownup;
held Tuesdays at 1:30 pm; Wednesdays at 1:30 pm; and Thursdays at 1:30 pm

Kindergarten through Second Grade

Story time for elementary-school-age children is 45 minutes long;
children listen to longer stories;
concludes with a short book-based film;
held Thursdays at 4 pm

2015-2016 SCHEDULE

Registration starts August 31
Session runs September 21 - November 6

Registration starts November 30
Session runs January 4 - February 11

Registration starts February 22
Session runs March 21 - May 12
(no story times during week of the Redding schools' April vacation)


Children may be signed up for only one seven-week set of classes during a given session.

They must be the specified age for the story time at the time classes start.

These story times are intended for Redding residents.

In the event of bad weather - a concern during winter months - classes are cancelled only if Redding public schools close due to bad weather. (Delayed openings do not affect the story time schedule.)

Since the library is open on most holidays, story times are scheduled on those dates. If this causes a conflict because older children are home from school, please feel free to bring older siblings with you to the story time.


A limited number of story times are offered during the summer. They run concurrently with the library's Summer Reading program, for a eight-week period.


"Pajama" story times, for children ages 3-6, are held four times during the year, now on Monday evenings, in the months of September, November, March and June. Specific dates will be posted a few weeks beforehand in the children's department at the library; registration is required due to limited space.