Preschool Storytime

Wednesdays at 10am

Join us for an hour of stories, song, activities, crafts, and more! 

Passes available to the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine

250 Thompson's Point Road, Portland, ME

Looking for something fun to do? Through the generosity of the Friends of the Library, we have passes available to the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine.

Pass is good for 50% off admission for up to one party of 4 people per day
(not valid for theatre productions or paid programs)

Wednesday-Sunday 9am - 12pm, 1pm - 4pm

Tickets must be reserved online before going to the museum

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine offers visitors interactive exhibits that have been designed to create experiential learning and fun at the same time. We are a hands-on and family centered experience for the entire family. These interactive spaces are grounded in the science of play and the latest research on how children learn. Each exhibit is an opportunity for visitors of all ages to learn about their world through dramatic role play, hands-on exploration, navigating immersive environments, and taking safe risks.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

"Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read. Or the same story a thousand times!”
--Children’s author Mem Fox, from her “Ten Read-Aloud Commandments”


The Freedom Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of the early literacy initiative, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, that encourages parents to read to their young children. Early childhood experts have confirmed that the more time you read to your child, the more prepared and eager they will be when it comes time for them to learn to read by themselves. Reading to children will increase their vocabulary and their listening and narrative skills. Reading with children will also help to instill in them self-awareness, confidence and an understanding of their place in the world.


WHO? Parents can register children from infants to 5 years old.

HOW CAN I READ 1000 BOOKS? 1000 books may seem like a daunting number, but consider: if you read one story a day to your child, you’d complete 365 in one year. By the time your child is 3 years old, you’ll have greatly exceeded the 1K mark.  So get started today!

WHAT COUNTS?  Every book you read counts every time you read it! Books your child hears in Storytime count. Books that others read to your child count!
HOW DOES IT WORK? Register at the library. We will give you sheets to help you keep count of the first 100 books. Click here to download yourself. When you finish reading 100 books, come back to the library for another set of sheets, and choose a new book as your prize. By the time you have read 1000 books, your child will have a library of ten new books all their own!

Register today -  It’s one of the best gifts you will ever give your child…and yourself!


Preschool Storytime on YouTube

If you're not able to attend our in-person storytimes, check out our Preschool Storytime archive on YouTube. Each storytime is approximately 35 minutes long and includes stories, songs, fingerplays, music, and a craft.