Early Learning

StoryWalk in Ruckle Street Park

Take a walk and read a story as you go! Stroll through a park and read a book displayed in mounted frames. Stories will be rotated on a monthly basis. Families are encouraged to post photos of their visit on social media. StoryWalk in Ruckle Street Park is at 3025 Ruckle Street.

Made possible by Zeff Weiss Memorial Fund through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

For more ideas to help keep children hearing and enjoying great stories enjoy these Free Video Read Alouds or have fun with even more themed reading and activity fun at IndyPL’s DIY Online Storytimes at Home. Because reading aloud to kids—even after they know how to read independently—benefits kids of all ages. Video read alouds are a great tool to help create a culture of reading. They don’t replace reading aloud together in-person, but they are a fun alternative and supply key early literacy benefits.

Research shows that reading aloud to young children can significantly improve their chance for success in kindergarten and beyond. You can also help kids enjoy books and stories by joining 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. Caregivers log books and receive incentives for reading outloud to kids. At 1000 books, every child receives a hardback picture book. Or check out a Bunny Book Bag, grab-and-go bag of 15-20 books for caregivers on the move.

Join Us for In-Person Storytime!

  • Event: Storytime at College Avenue – Babies
  • Date & Time: Friday, December 08, 10:30am
  • Location: College Avenue Branch
  • Description: Babies up to 24 months and an adult are invited for stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun! Each session is followed by playtime just for babies.
  • No Registration Required.
  • Event: Tales ‘n Play Storytime
  • Date & Time: Friday, December 08, 11:00am
  • Location: Central Library
  • Description: Stop in for some stories, music, and fun! Children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are invited to join the Learning Curve for a storytime! Afterward, all are welcome to stay for some open playtime.
  • No Registration Required.
  • Event: Paws to Read at Lawrence
  • Date & Time: Saturday, December 09, 11:00am
  • Location: Lawrence Branch
  • Description: Beginning or reluctant readers ages 6 – 11 are invited to read aloud to a registered therapy dog who loves to listen to stories. Please visit or call the Lawrence branch at (317)275-4460 to register your child.
  • No Registration Required.