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By Cheryl Bac

Storytime is Full

Uploaded: Sep 27, 2014

I got my first glimpse at just how many babies there are in the Bay Area when I attended (or tried to attend) my first library storytime.

I arrived a couple of minutes early only to discover that the event was full. It was disappointing to miss out on storytime, but I was very lucky that my son was still young enough not to know the difference - it was sad overhearing parents of older children explain why they were at the library but couldn't attend storytime this week.

Since then, my son and I have attended a variety of library events. We've enjoyed most of them and feel so lucky to live in area with an abundance of free, drop-in programs for kids. Some are so popular that you must wait in line outside the library before it even opens. Others are less popular but can still get filled with students coming from nearby preschools.

Over the past year, it's been interesting to see how our libraries are dealing with the popularity. Some of the leaders use microphones to ensure that everyone can hear what is going on. Some storytimes now require registration.

Have you had positive or negative experiences with the local library storytimes? Do you like the way they've handled the crowds?