Storytime


Kids World offers story-based programs for all ages. For age specific storytimes, your child must be in the correct age range to attend. For developmental marker storytimes, you child must have particular skill to attend. All storytimes are currently in English. All storytimes require registration and are currently mask optional.

While there are multiple options for some age groups, to allow everyone to have a chance to participate, adults are encouraged to bring their child to one in-person storytime per week. However, adults are welcome to bring their child to their sibling’s in-person storytime if they had been included in the “Group” at the time of registration.

Storytime Schedule


May

There will be no storytimes during the month of May. During this month, we encourage families who have attended or wish to attend storytime to fill out either the online Event Feedback form or pick up a paper copy of the How Are We Doing? form at one of the service desks. Let us know what dates/times, ages, and activities you’d like to see in Eisenhower’s storytime program. If you have attended, be sure to tell us about what worked, what didn’t, and what could be a little better. Your voice will be considered as we reassess our storytime program.

June

These storytimes are drop-in. Sign up will be for each individual class and will start on the day of the class. Storytime sign up with be first-come first-serve with priority given to Norridge and Harwood Heights residents.

DateTimeClass NameAges forRegistration
Tuesdays,  June 11, 18, & 259:15 AMToddler Time Storytime (In-person)For walking toddlers, up to 35 months with an adultSign in at the Kids desk on each individual day.
Tuesdays,  June 11, 18, & 2510:15 AMPre-School Pals Storytime (In-person)Ages 3 to 5 years with an optional adultSign in at the Kids desk on each individual day.
Wednesdays,  June 12 & 269:15 AMLittle Movers Storytime (In-person)For walking tots, up to 35 months with an adultSign in at the Kids desk on each individual day.
Wednesdays,  June 12 & 2610:15 AMFamily Morning Storytime (In-person)Ages 12 & under with an adult.Sign in at the Kids desk on each individual day.
Thursdays, June 13, 20, & 273:00 PMFamily Afternoon Storytime (In-person)Ages 3 to 5 years with an optional adultSign in at the Kids desk on each individual day.

July

Please check back for our July Storytime dates and times.

Storytime Guidelines


  • Priority for our in-person storytimes are for residents of Norridge and Harwood Heights. At the start of class, nonresidents will be called in the order of sign-in until the room is full.
  • For most in-person storytimes, each child should have a participating adult. However, for 3 to 5 year old attendees of Pre-School Pals Storytime & Family Storytime, having an accompanying adult in the room is optional, but the adult should plan on staying close by in case of assistance for bathroom break and the like.
  • Children attending need to either turn the appropriate age during the current storytime session or have achieved the specified developmental marker. Siblings in other age groups are welcome as long as they were included in the “Group” count during sign-in.
  • If your child grows restless or upset, please give them a break from the storytime room to calm down.
  • Help us keep distractions to a minimum by leaving toys at home and going to the bathroom or having a snack before storytime starts.
  • You are a great example for your child. Participate to the best of your ability to encourage them to do so as well.
  • Listening is a learned skill. We ask adults and children to wait until play time to chat, call, or text with others.
  • If your child is sick, please stay home to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Have fun!

The Tick Tock Song


“The Tick Tock Song” is done in the beginning of most storytimes. During storytime, Mr. Duckie  jumps up from behind our storytime clock on the “Cuckoos.” It remains a favorite among parents and kids.

The song can be easily adapted for home use. Mr. Duckie (or even a clock) is not needed to have fun jumping and calling out “Cuckoo.” However, your child can follow along with the video.

Tick Tock Lyrics

Tick Tock, Tick Tock
I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick Tock, Tick Tock
Now I’m chiming one o’clock
Cuckoo!

During storytime, we repeat the song for two and three o’clock. The number of times “Cuckoo” is said relates to what time it is. For example, for two o’clock, “Cuckoo” is said twice.

Tick Tock Directions

For Babies: Adult sits or stands, holding a baby face out. As adult sings the song, rock child back and forth. Adult lifts or bounces the child up on the “Cuckoo.”

For Older Kids: Child stands and rocks back and forth as the song is sung. Child jumps on the “Cuckoo.”