Storytime at the Library

Storytimes at the Ketchikan Public Library are designed to enhance early literacy, promote a love of stories and books, and offer music, play, and activities appropriate for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

  • Preschool Storytime: Every Thursday at 10:30 am. Enjoy stories, rhymes, play, and early literacy activities designed to strengthen your child’s reading readiness. Regular attendance at storytime can ease the transition to school and promote a lifetime love of reading. An activity or craft follows storytime every Thursday. Recommended for children ages 3-5.
  • Babytime: Every Friday at 10:30 am. Nurture your baby’s mind with songs, rhymes, and stories. Reading and playing together with your baby promotes language acquisition, a love of books, and prepares them for a world of learning. A simple craft follows babytime every Friday. Recommended for ages 0-2.

Every Child Ready to Read


Research has shown that there are five simple but powerful practices that parents and caregivers can use to help young children get ready to read. These five practices can easily be integrated into everyday activities to help children learn early literacy skills.

  • Talking: talking with children helps them learn oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills.The experience of self-expression also stimulates brain development, which underlies all learning.
  • Singing: singing—which also includes rhyming—increases children’s awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds in words. This helps prepare children to decode print (written language).
  • Reading: reading together, or shared reading, remains the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers.
  • Writing: writing and reading go together. Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning.
  • Playing: play is one of the primary ways young children learn about the world. General knowledge is an important literacy skill that helps children understand books and stories once they begin to read.

The Ketchikan Public Library offers a wide variety of services, materials and programs that support early literacy. Visit today and discover the Library as a partner in your child’s future!

Ready to Read Resource Center

The Ready to Read Resource Centerready to read,
a project of the Anchorage Public Library, is a statewide resource for families and those who work with infants and toddlers anywhere in Alaska. With over 250 reading kits containing nearly 6,000 items, the Ready to Read Resource Center hopes to engage all of Alaska’s youngest children with high quality, age-appropriate library books.

Kits are available to borrow through the Ketchikan Public Library’s inter-library loan program. Borrowing fee is $3.00 per kit. Call 228-2306 for more information.