Tuesday, July 30, 2013

There's one at every story time.

Fort Worth has a plethora of story times. Seriously, there is one every single day (weekends included) in all different places (besides the 16 public libraries, think Chick-fil-a, Barnes & Noble, the Kimbell Art Museum, etc.) at different times of the day. It's one of the great advantages of living in a big city. Growing up in my town of 25K (which I loved, not hating here,) story time was at 10 AM on Wednesday at the public library, and that was that. (And that will always and forever be my favorite public library. The smell reminds me of my childhood for a myriad of reasons.)

This summer we've been making the story time circuit. One, I want to instill a love for reading in my kids, two, it takes us out of the house which is necessary for me, and three, it's free, air conditioned entertainment. And when I say entertainment, I mean for both children and mommy.

It's not a cool storytime without a craft.

There are all kinds of moms and kids there. The kid that wants to stand in front of the book the entire time. The overly enthusiastic mom (oops, that's me.) The crying baby (oops, also occasionally us.) The mom who looks outnumbered. The kid who wants to be playing puzzles in the corner instead. The kid who is actively engaged and is a story time pro (we're getting there.) The mom on her cell phone (at times also me: trying to get a pic for Fort Worth Moms Blog.) There is also at least one grandparent and sitter there. I don't want to leave them out.

I could go on and on.

No matter which story time we go to, the same bit players are there. It's this excellent melting pot of motherhood and childhood where crunchy granola moms and store-bought moms are living in harmony. At story time, everyone is happy!

Especially at the story time where the reader passes out Cheerios.

Do you find the same characters at your story time? Which one are you?


  1. Story time at the library was also the big deal in the small town where I lived growing up! Glad to see it is still alive!

  2. We just went to our first story time today! I didn't know it would be so interactive - I was thinking just one person reading a book, but we had songs and puppet play too.


  3. I think I would fall under the "outnumbered" category - we TRIED story time, but between an unhappy bored older sister, an almost-too-old and sort-of-intense middle sister and That Crazy Baby who is either climbing bookshelves or upside down in someone's bag going after snacks....it's just, it's just. =) Maybe next year.


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