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Title: Storyville – Where Joyful Play is Learning!

photo of children at StoryvilleMarisa Conner
Youth Services Coordinator
Baltimore County Public Library

Do you want to climb a tree in Toddler Woods?  Or crawl among the flowers in the Baby Garden?  Or dress up as a familiar storybook character and perform a play in the Theatre?  Go to Storyville!

You may have heard the saying “the early years are learning years.” Storyville at the Baltimore County Public Library provides our community with an ideal place to focus on this important age.  We know through research that learning begins at birth and that the ages of birth to five are critical learning years.  Children who are exposed to books, literacy activities and other learning experiences before they begin Kindergarten have a better chance for later school success.

Storyville is a unique early childhood learning center and library that was designed and created to foster school readiness skills, such as language and literacy, mathematical and scientific thinking, social studies, social and personal skills, physical development and the arts. These skills are integrated into Storyville’s themed learning areas: Baby Garden, Toddler Bay and Toddler Woods, Grocery Store, Mailroom, Puppet Stage & Dress up Theatre, House and Kitchen, Construction Zone and Library.  Age appropriate books that support the play themes are included in each learning area. 

Storyville is a place where books and purposeful play come together to provide valuable experiences that nurture young children and support parents and caregivers as their child’s first and best teacher as they read, play, and learn together.

Storyville is located in both the Rosedale and Woodlawn branches of the Baltimore County Public Library and is open during library operating hours.  Storyville is for children ages birth through five and their parents and caregivers.  For more information visit us at


Revised April 6, 2016