Storytime classes introduce young children to books, rhymes, music, sign language and other fun activities in a supportive and social environment at the library. Storytime programs are designed to follow the “Every Child Ready to Read” curriculum, developed and supported by the American Library Association and its Public Library Association (PLA) and Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) divisions. All storytimes aim to match the typical attention spans and developmental levels of different ages of children from babies through preschoolers and incorporate the early literacy skills, such as vocabulary building, phonological awareness and letter knowledge that children must master before they can learn to read. Storytime classes meet once a week in 5-week seasonal sessions, which include Fall, Holiday, Winter and Spring. Storytimes are still held during summer months, but may take on an alternate format in accordance with the library’s annual SummerQuest Reading Program geared towards school-aged children. Check our calendar or call the Children’s Department at (814) 536-5131 x205 to find out dates for the next storytime session.
Class Offerings & Descriptions
- Sleepy Bears (ages 0-5) Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
- Baby Time (ages 0-24 mos) Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
- Toddler Time (24-36 mos) Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
- Baby/Toddler Time (0-36 months) Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.
- Preschool (3-5 years) Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. & Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
- Drop-in (ages 0-5) Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.
Discovery Den Play Room
Children and families are encouraged to spend time playing and interacting in our Children’s Discovery Den Play Room. As children play, they learn to solve problems, to get along with others and to develop the fine and gross motor skills needed to grow and learn.
Play Room Hours & Rules
Mondays 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Saturdays 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m
Playroom Rules: (**link to same page as Storytime Guidelines)
- The playroom is designed for children 6 years old and under
- A caregiver must accompany and supervise children in the playroom
- No food or drinks
- Please do not climb on, jump off of or play roughly with equipment.
- Please clean-up before you leave
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless: Read a book (any book) to your baby, toddler, and/or preschooler! The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books!) before your little one starts kindergarten. If you read at least 1 book each day to your child, they will hear about 365 books in a year, 730 books in two years, and over 1,095 books after three years! Here at the Cambria County Library, you can sign up for 1000 Books for Kindergarten and earn prizes! The grown-up keeps track of how often they read to the child and the child gets to pick out a prizes! Once you’ve read your “1000 books”, the child will get a completion certificate and a swag bag with some cool stuff! Ask our Children’s Department staff how you can sign up!
Outreach opportunities, tours and field trips
We love for you to visit us on field trips and to take tours! Library staff are also happy to bring our outreach services to your schools, community organizations and more. Call the Children’s Department or send us a message and we will get in touch with you!
Free Children’s Museum tickets (JAHA)
Cambria County Library and the Johnstown Area Heritage Association have teamed up! Visit the first floor Circulation Desk and pick up FREE Children’s Museum passes for kids (with paying adult). Passes are good for 5 days from issue date. When you visit the museum, check out the interactive Library Corner, stocked with rotating Cambria County Library children’s books!