Columbus Story Times

In the words of Dr. Seuss, ” You can find magic, wherever you look. Sit back and relax. All you need is a book!” Not only does Columbus have an extensive library system full of story times, but there are many retail options that offer story times as well.

What better way to introduce your children to new information that sparks their interests and imagination? Story hours for our little ones incorporate important early literacy skills and also include music and movement as well. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to embark on a new adventure with your little ones by visiting the numerous locations for story time around the city! {Days and times are subject to change, so be sure to check their website or call before you go.}

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Cover to Cover

Story time on most Fridays at 1:00 p.m. They also hold special events on Saturdays as well. Check the event calendar on their website for specific updates. FREE!

Barnes and Noble (Easton location)

Wednesdays (typically) and Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. Share a story, activities and a snack. There are several other locations in Columbus that hold story hour on Saturday as well, but the weekday story hour varies at each location. (Sawmill, Polaris, Upper Arlington, Lennox, Pickerington) FREE!

Fundamentals (in downtown Delaware)

This locally owned bookstore often hosts authors and/or illustrators for special events. On Saturday, April 28 Jason Tharp will be there for a book signing from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.

Gramercy Books

Many of these events held here are geared towards older children and adults. There’s a monthly book club, author nights, poetry nights and more. Take a look at the Gramercy Books event calendar and don’t forget to stop next door at Kittie’s Cakes for a delicious treat.  

Museum Story Times

Franklin Park Conservatory 

Little Adventurers is a program designed for children ages 3-5. It features a nature story or theme and a related activity. The program lasts 30-45 minutes and meets on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. The program will break on April 26th, 2018. 

Ohio History Center

This story time is ideal for ages 3-6 and takes place on the second Sunday of the month. Story time is included with the price of admission into the Ohio History Center.

Retail Business Story Times


Every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m., come hear Miss Becky read a story! Afterwards, plan to play at the Worthington Mall Play area right outside of the store. FREE!

Pottery Barn Kids

Join every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. for a story, activities, and shopping. 🙂 It is located on the upper level between Brio and Saks Fifth Avenue. FREE!

Fresh Thyme Worthington

Join in once a month on Tuesdays for a story and singing at 11:30 a.m. Also, join the Worthington Library as they hold an evening story hour at Fresh Thyme once a month as well. Typically on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.  Check their website for exact dates. FREE!

Fresh Thyme Westerville

They offer a variety of story times and rhyme thymes (typically two sessions per month) at their Westerville location. Be sure to follow the link for specific dates. FREE!

Fresh Thyme Dublin

Puppets and Pajama story hour and sing a longs are some of the events they offer at this store. Check their calendar for specific dates. FREE!

Cheryl’s Cookies 

The Cheryl’s location in Westerville offers a wonderful preschool story time for ages 3-6 in the party room of this store. It is offered on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  The story hour consists of songs, books and a craft. The program is entirely free. Afterwards, your kiddo gets a mini FREE Cheryl’s cookie. This information is not on their website, (but posted in the store) so do call to be sure the event is being held that day. 


The last Tuesday of every month, join the Delaware library system for a special story hour at the IKEA cafe. BONUS: Kids eat free on Tuesdays too so shop, enjoy lunch, and end with a super fun story hour! 

Metro Park Story Times

Scioto Audobon 

10:00 a.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays. After the story, head over to the forest room and explore! 

High Banks

This nature center offers a number of story times and interactive activities for your preschooler up to age 7. It is offered multiple days throughout the week (Typically M, W, Th). Registration is recommended. Free!

Battelle Darby Creek

They offer a preschool program typically held on Tuesdays and Fridays once a month that includes a story, song and craft. They do recommend registering. This event is free. 

Blendon Woods 

This story time is held once a month, typically on Tuesdays (3 time slots) and includes games, activities, a story, and a craft. Registration is recommended and is free to the public. 

Blacklick Woods

A preschool time is held once a month on Wednesdays (typically) that includes a story, activity and craft. Free events!

Sharon Woods

They offer a preschoolers Grow With Me program that incorporates a story, craft, and activity once-twice a month with multiple time slots. This program is free. 

Three Creeks

A variety of fun activities and stories each month to cover a new topic dealing with nature. Free fun for the family! 

If you want to get outside and explore the Metro Parks before or after story time, check out these posts: 4 Metro Parks to Explore With Kids and Get Outside- Central Ohio Metro Park Style.

Library Story Times

Bexley Library

A variety of story hours with playgroups afterward as well. This library has a fun play area too with Magnatiles, blocks, puzzles and legos. 

Columbus Metropolitan 

With over 23 locations around the city (Dublin, Hilliard, Hilltop, Canal Winchester, and many more!), there is an opportunity for endless story hours! Baby laptime, Ready for Kindergarten Story time, and Family Story Time just to name a few. 

Delaware County District Library

There are four locations (Delaware, Powell, Ostrander, and Orange) offering a variety of story times during the day and evening, as well as special events like Yoga for kids (and another yoga event for teens and adults), Toddler Dance Party, LEGO Club and more. Take a look at the Delaware Library event calendar

Grandview Heights Library 

This library holds Music and Movement Story Hour, Baby Games, Tales for Toddlers, and an evening Family Story Time on Wednesday evenings. They also have outdoor story hour on the lawn during the summer that is a great time!

Marysville Public Library

A variety of story times are offered starting as young as babies. Story times are offered during the day and evening. Click on the Marysville Library event calendar to find out more details. 

Pickerington Library

This local library has Toddler Time, Tots and Tales, Rhyme Time, and special story time events for the whole family such as Superhero and Princess Day, Magic Shows and Book Buddies.

Upper Arlington Libraries 

Baby time, Tales for Twos and Threes, Preschool Story time, Early Literacy Fridays, and also craft and activity sessions at their 3 library locations. 

Worthington Libraries 

Tales for Twos and Threes, Baby time, and a special Pajama Story Time in the evenings (Typically Wednesday from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.) for families at these three library locations. They also have interactive play areas in the libraries for kids to explore. 

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Westerville Libraries

Wee Wonders Story hour, STEAM story time, and Rhyme Time are some of the varieties they offer at this library! 

Other Story Times

We Rock the Spectrum 

Story hour takes place on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. followed by a craft. This is included in your play admission. 

Ohio Wildlife Center 

Wild Story Time is held with preschoolers in mind on the 1st Wednesday of each month. The cost is $5 and will include a visit from an animal ambassador, a story, and a craft to accompany the book. 

Stratford Ecological 

Come enjoy a special story hour during the 2nd Tuesday of the Month. The cost is $5 per family and there is a unique hands-on experience afterwards depending on the season. This takes place April – October. 

Party like It’s Your Birthday

Every Friday 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. come to read a story, make two related crafts, and a themed snack for $15. 

Story Time and Reading-Related Links

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