Engage with your child at Storyville—a play-and-learn center designed to promote early literacy and school readiness skills.
Located in the Rosedale and Woodlawn branches, this child-sized village features developmentally appropriate books, toys and activities for children birth to age 5 and their parents or caregivers.
Explore each learning area and create teachable moments that will help your child develop and succeed.
- Baby Garden
- Toddler Woods or Toddler Bay
- Grocery Store and Mailroom
- Puppet Stage and Theatre
- Home Living Area
- Construction Zone
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Hours and Locations
Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
6105 Kenwood Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21237
1811 Woodlawn Drive
Woodlawn, Maryland 21207
The library strives to provide a safe, educational and fun environment for you and your children. Note the following guidelines for Storyville:
- Parental supervision is required. We provide Storyville staff to guide you and answer questions, but we do not provide supervision of your children. You are responsible for their safety and comfort. Please do not leave your children unattended
- Storyville was designed specifically for children birth to age 5. Please make other arrangements for older children. There is a full-service children’s area in the main part of the branch
- To promote active engagement, please bring one adult for every three children
- Help us maintain a clean and sanitary environment by keeping all food and drink out of Storyville. Nursing and bottle-feeding of infants is permitted
- For the safety of our littlest visitors, the Baby Garden is reserved for babies who are not yet walking and their caregivers
- Please be courteous and attentive by keeping your cell phones on silent and other electronic devices off. Save cell phone conversations for the lobby. Laptop use is not permitted
- Guide your children to choose developmentally appropriate toys and play constructively. Young children thrive on realistic limit-setting and positive reinforcement
- Assist your child in putting away materials in one area before moving on to another. This teaches your child the importance of clean up, as well as respect for others who will follow them
- If your child puts a toy in their mouth, place it in the "Sanitize Me" bag you received at check-in, or in the "Sanitize Me" bin at the greeter desk. Staff will sanitize all toys placed in these bags and bins and will spot clean throughout the day
Have fun playing with your children! Show delight in what they can do. Follow their lead. Encourage them to take each learning experience further.
Storyville is busiest on weekday mornings and weekend afternoons, particularly on days when Story Time events are being held at the branch. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure quality play is maximized in the space, we have reduced the capacity of both Storyville locations by half. If we reach capacity (30), you may have to wait to enter. When at capacity, you will receive a pager to be notified when space is available. Reservations are not accepted. Feel free to call the branch ahead of time to check how busy the space is before you plan to visit.
Storyville is designed for individual caregivers and their children to experience together, but you may arrange visits for your group. A group of 15 or fewer children and at least one adult for every three children is recommended.
Review the Storyville Guidelines with your group before your visit. We encourage a group leader to take a tour of Storyville ahead of the visit to consider appropriate activities.
We cannot guarantee that your group will be able to enter together at one time. Please contact the Storyville Coordinator to notify them of your visit and make arrangements for your group.
Storyville is designed for children birth to age 5. While school-age children may find Storyville inviting, they are at a different developmental level and are encouraged to explore other areas of the library and programs that are appropriate for them. Please note that Maryland Law requires children under age 8 to be accompanied by a caregiver while in the library.
Babysitters age 13 or older may accompany children in Storyville. Teenage babysitters must understand that they are considered an adult in Storyville and are expected to interact with and supervise the younger children they are with at all times.
We do not allow adults without children in Storyville. Adults may call ahead to arrange for a tour with a staff member.
With the exception of a few big books, all Storyville books and parent resource materials may be checked out. Storyville toys may not be borrowed.
As with all other library materials, Storyville books may be returned to any branch.
To maintain an organized and hygienic environment, Storyville is cleaned throughout the day. We ask our visitors to help by encouraging their children to use our materials appropriately and put them away before moving to a new area. Visitors are invited to place any toys they feel need cleaning in our “Sanitize Me” bin at the Greeter Desk.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed our cleaning and safety procedures to ensure we provide the safest environment we can, these include:
- Reduced number of toys in the space
- Provide toys that are easy to sanitize after use only
- Rotate toys throughout the week to ensure time for deeper cleaning
- Assigned staff to move throughout the space for spot cleaning throughout open hours
- Each visitor will receive a bag to use during their visit to place toys their child has placed in their mouth for staff to sanitize
Storyville is made possible through donations from the Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library, state and local government funds and individuals like you. Help support Storyville. Make a tax-deductible contribution online.