Cool Storytimes for Hot Summer Days

By Rachael Judd | Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Book Cellar hosts storytime every Friday. Photo by Rachael Judd.

Attention, parents: Outside it may be hot hot hot, but inside there are some cool local places to chill out with your children and read.

There’s Green Storytime at 10:30 a.m. every other Friday at Bellybum Boutique (4347 N. Lincoln Ave.). Join “Miss Alix,” aka Alexandra Gnoske, author of Loui Saves the Earth—as she reads stories in the community room.

Stories are fun and instruct children in small ways to “go green,” such as recycling and reusing. Children can also participate in hands-on activities with environmental themes.

Another storytime happens at 11 a.m. every Friday at The Book Cellar (4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.). Pull up a cushion and gather round to hear interactive “stand up/sit down” stories by Nili Yelin, aka The Storybook Mom. Each week has a theme and The Storybook Mom includes some funny songs that both kids and parents will enjoy. Miss Nili will rest her voice in August but will be back in full force on Fridays in September. Both the Bellybum and Book Cellar storytimes are open to kids of all ages but aimed at children of kindergarten age or younger.

Family Grounds Cafe (3652 N. Lincoln Ave.) offers storytelling and crafts on Monday through Friday at various times throughout the day (based upon age of children and attendance).

Meanwhile, the 47th Ward Storytime wraps up today with stories and crafts from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Jacob Play Lot (4674 N. Virginia).

Know of any other local storytimes? Please let us know in the comments section!

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