Little Lincoln's Fireside Tales

Little Lincoln’s Fireside Tales invites children up to 5 years old (Pre-K) and their caregivers to share in an exciting storytime with our Education staff and special visitors. Each month we will focus on a specific theme and may highlight arts and crafts, creative song and dance, or hands-on activities to supplement the stories being read.

Children who attend will receive a Passport on their first visit. Caregivers are encouraged to bring the Passport when visiting so children can collect a stamp each time they attend. We hope you and your children can join us as we celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s love of books and highlight the importance of literacy!

While dressing up is not required, children (and their caregivers) are invited to participate.

Cost: Free, but reservations are required.  
Date & Time: Every Fourth Tuesday; 10 am - 11 am
Location: Library Classroom or Virtual 

Upcoming Dates and Themes

Due to the ongoing pandemic, dates may change. 

  • August 25 Summer (Dress-Up: Your favorite “going to the beach” wear.)
  • September 22 Superheroes (Dress-Up: Your best superhero look!)
  • October 27 Halloween (Dress-Up: Your beloved Halloween costume.)
  • November 24 Food
  • December 22 Holidays (Dress-Up: The most comfortable pajamas you own.)

NOTE: If you work with children ages 0 to 5 and want to tell parents and caregivers about Little Lincoln’s Fireside Tales, please download and share our flier.

Join in the Fun!

While we're positive your children will leave ALPLM excited about the engaging stories and creative, hands-on activities they encounter at Little Lincoln’s Fireside Tales, we know sometimes you (and they) want to know what to expect. To see a few highlights from previous storytimes, check out the slideshow below.

Junior Historians

Junior Historians images.

Previous Themes and Books

We carefully curate our book selections each month to create engaging themes, adhere to best practices for children’s literature, ensure developmentally appropriate content, and introduce children to both classic and modern tales. If you’re looking for a great book to share with the children in your life, check out our list of previous themes and books.

January 2020, Snow

  • The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats
  • Little Penguins, Cynthia Rylant
  • Snowmen at Night, Caralyn Buehner

February 2020, Birthday

  • Birthday Monsters, Sandra Boynton
  • A Birthday for Bear, Bonny Becker
  • Lincoln’s Birthday, Corinne Claycomb

Partner Story Times

If the child in your life just can’t get enough storytime, be sure to check out the fun reading events offered at other community libraries and museums.

Have an Idea? Send Your Feedback!

If you have an idea for a theme for Little Lincoln’s Fireside Tales or want to share a book your child loves to read with our team, we’re always looking for new ideas and content. If you’ve attended one of our storytimes and want to provide feedback, we’d love to hear how we’re doing and what we can do to make the program even better. Email ALPLM.Education@illinois.gov.  

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