10+ Story Times: Greenville SC’s Fun Way to Instill a Love of Reading in Your Kids

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Are you looking for a Greenville, SC story time? There are some wonderful options for story time with your kids in the Upstate. You’ll find story times at libraries, bookstores, museums, and more! Plus, there are also some wonderful virtual story times you can check out from home. Many of these events are completely free, and others like museums require regular admission.

You’ll often find these organized by day on our Kidding Around Greenville calendar, so don’t forget to check that when you are looking for something fun and educational to do.

Greenville SC Story Time for kids

My kids and I love going to storytime. Ever since my days as a new mom, I found it was a great way to get out of the house, meet other moms, exposes kids to literature, and support local businesses. Now that my kids are a little older, we love attending them at our favorite spots. Story Times are happening all over Greenville.

Free Storytime Events in Greenville

Looking for free story times? Greenville has several! These storytime events are completely 100% free. Pair them with a treat at a local coffee shop for an inexpensive morning out.

Greenville County Libraries

The Greenville County Library System has several storytime opportunities for you and your little one to enjoy. These events are regularly scheduled, so you can add them to your personal calendar as a fun thing to do weekly.

Bouncing Babies

30 minutes of music, rhymes, stories, and bouncing games for babies up to 18 months old. They’ll have a little playtime, too!

Current Bouncing Babies Schedule:

  • Tuesdays 10-10:30 am: Five Forks Library
  • Wednesdays 10-10:30 am: Travelers Rest Library
  • Thursdays 10-10:30 am: Taylors Library
  • Thursdays 11-11:30 am: Hughes Main Library and Pelham Road Library

Toddler Tales

30 minutes of music, stories, and movement for your toddler (ages 19+ months). These library storytime events are great for young children to socialize!

Current Toddler Tales Schedule:

  • Mondays 10-10:30 am: Greer Library
  • Tuesdays 11-11:30 am: Simpsonville Library
  • Thursdays 10-10:30 am: Hughes Main Library

Story Time

30 minutes of stories, music, and activities designed with preschoolers (ages 5 and under) in mind. These library storytime events are all FREE.

Current Story Time Schedule:

  • Mondays 10-10:30 am: Five Forks Library and Mauldin Library
  • Tuesdays 10-10:30 am: Hughes Main Library, Berea Library, Greer Library
  • Wednesdays 10-10:30 am: Fountain Inn Library, Pelham Road Library
  • Thursdays 10-10:30 am: Augusta Road Library and Simpsonville Library
  • Friday 10-10:30 am: Taylors Library

Keep your eyes on the Greenville County Library Calendar to see when additional programs are reintroduced. Also, check the calendar – occasionally, there will be special, fun events after storytime!

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Learn More About the FREE Programs at the Greenville County Library System!

South Carolina Children’s Theatre

Once per month during the school year, the South Carolina Children’s Theatre offers Tell-Me-A-Story Theatre. Here, your child can enjoy a reading of their favorite children’s books, and then see it performed! The event is completely free and is located in the Prisma Health Lobby at SCCT. See when the next Tell-Me-A-Story Theatre is happening on the SCCT website.

Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble off of Woodruff Road offers a weekly Storytime on Thursday and Saturday, while Barnes and Noble off Haywood offers it once per month, and Barnes and Noble in Spartanburg offers a weekly Saturday Storytime. We also recommend keeping your eyes on local store event calendars for the most up-to-date about their storytime events.

M. Judson Booksellers

If you head downtown on Saturday mornings at 10:30 am, be sure to check out M. Judson Booksellers story time on the stairs. They have one of the most fun story times Greenville has to offer, especially since there are cookies from Camilla Kitchen available after!

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Story Times: Greenville Reading Events That Require Admission or Tickets

These storytimes are included with general admission or require a paid entry. You’ll find everything from museums with story events to a pottery studio with craft and story events.

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate holds various storytimes in its Dream Theatre. Story Time and More is a story and craft time for children ages 0 to 5. It is currently offered on Tuesday-Saturday at 12 pm. TCMU Totis is geared towards kids ages 2-5 and features stories and role-playing. It’s currently offered Tuesday-Saturday at 10 am. You can find any updates on changes on the TCMU calendar. This storytime requires admission to the Children’s Museum, but there is no additional charge.

Also, the Children’s Museum recently started hosting storytime events at community locations in Greenville. These are FREE to the public. Follow TCMU’s social media accounts for the latest news regarding these events (Instagram and Facebook).

Do you know of a local story time we missed? Please let us know in the comments.

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Storytime Online for Kids

Story Time From Space

Ever wonder what it would be like to be read to by an astronaut? How about being read to by an astronaut in orbit on the International Space Station? Check out Story Time From Space, where astronauts read books to children that are space themed.

Super Simple Storytimes

If you are a parent of small children, then it is hard not to know about Super Simple Songs. They also offer an adorable series called Super Simple Storytime, where children’s books are read to children through animated films. These books are generally classic stories like The Ugly Duckling and Hush Little Baby. The stories are simple, creative, and are perfect to sit back and enjoy a reading session with your toddler or preschooler.

Storytime Online

These virtual story times for kids offer some of the most famous celebrities reading books to children. Storytime Online is a great way to keep your children interested in reading, while also seeing some of your favorite actors and actresses. Listen to Betty White reading Harry the Dirty Dog. Or, sit back and let Oprah instill a love for reading in your young children while she reads The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen. There are dozens of videos to choose from, and the series is a fun way to have face-to-face interaction while reading.

Which storytime is your favorite to attend?

About the Author
Kristen Alcock lives in Travelers Rest with her husband, three kids and two dogs. A former teacher turned homeschooler, she spends her days reading, writing, doing art projects and science experiments, hiking and having adventures with her family.

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