Playdates at the park may be few and far between as we button up and brace ourselves for winter. Luckily, several Louisville booksellers host weekly and monthly storytimes for you and your tots, giving your family an indoor activity that rivals any set of monkey bars.
A Reader’s Corner  at 2044 Frankfort Avenue
Second Saturday of the Month; next up: Saturday, November 10 at 11:00 am
If you haven't been to this book lover's treasure trove in Clifton, you are in for a treat. Not the dusty, dingy used bookstore you might be picturing, A Reader's Corner is bright, airy, and quite roomy. After each storytime, your child gets to choose a book to take home!
Carmichael's  at 2720 Frankfort Avenue
Carmichael's, down the road in Crescent Hill, doesn't offer a weekly storytime, but regularly schedules author signings and events that will appeal to your child or teen. On Saturday, November 18 at 4:00 pm, award-winning author George Ella Lyon will sign copies (and surely read from) some of her children's books, including her teen novel Holding On to Zoe, children's picture book All the Water in the World and the family keepsake A Kentucky Christmas.
Barnes & Noble  at 801 South Hurstbourne Pkwy
Tales at Twilight, Fridays at 7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble at The Summit, 4100 Summit Plaza Drive
Saturdays at 11:00 am
Barnes & Noble at Elizabethtown Mall, 1980 N. Dixie Hwy
Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 am
On Saturday, November 10, the storytime theme will be Veteran's Day featuring Jill Biden’s beautifully illustrated book, Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops.
Pottery Barn Kids at Oxmoor Mall, 7900 Shelbyville Road
Tuesdays at 11:00 am
Unless you're a mallwalker you may not realize that a large group of children gathers in front of this children's furniture and décor store every Tuesday for storytime. Children receive a special reading passport that is stamped at every storytime they attend; after five stamps, they receive a special gift from the impressive gift book collection. Check the website for special themes and events.
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