San Rafael Public Library

Storytimes and Other Events

Downtown Library

In the Meeting Room at 1100 E Street, San Rafael, unless otherwise noted.


Harry Potter Herbology with Professor Ane Carla Rovetta

Saturday, April 29th @ 1:30pm
For families with kids of all ages

In the Hogwart’s tradition, we welcome Professor Ane Carla Rovetta, storyteller and authority on the cyclical magic of nature. Families with children of all ages are invited on this nature walk, whereupon they will learn the folklore and property of plants from firsthand observations, followed by a wreath-making activity that symbolizes the cyclical return of spring. Enjoy this walk along with talisman creation as you learn the science and magic of nature around us.

To register for this event, call us at (415) 485-3322, or visit the Children’s Reference Desk.

Sponsored by the Friends of the San Rafael Public Library.


Photo of an adult caregiver with a young child.

Baby Time!

Tuesday Mornings @ 10:30-11am
May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

Baby Time! uses material from Mother Goose on the Loose, a fun-filled, thirty minute interactive session that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments, and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. Designed for children birth to 18 months. Families must have at least one child aged 18 months or younger to participate.



play, discovery, early literacy, storytimes, parent engagement, familiesFamily Storytime

Wednesday Mornings @ 10:30-11am
May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, June 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 

**Please note that staring in April we will no longer offer a Thursday morning Family Storytime. In lieu of this, we will offer a full hour of Stay & Play on Thursday mornings at 10:30am.**

An action-packed storytime with stories, songs, fingerplays, puppets, flannelboard stories and Mother Goose. Perfect for children from birth to 5 years old, accompanied by a parent or caregiver.


stay-and-playStay and Play

Now after every Baby Time and Family Storytime we are offering 30 minutes of Stay and Play for children and their caregivers! Additionally, on Thursday mornings at 10:30am we will now offer a full hour of Stay & Play in lieu of our Family Storytime.  All toys are brought to us with funds from the Friends of the San Rafael Public Library.

More about Stay and Play



Eventos en la Biblioteca Pickleweed/Family Events at the Pickleweed Branch

Located at 50 Canal Street, San Rafael

Caregiver reading to a childLectura de Cuentos para Familias / Family Storytime

los Miercoles a las 6pm. Cuentos, cantos, rimas y bailes para toda la familia.

Wednesdays at 6pm An active bilingual storytime for the whole family.


Child reading a bookLectura de cuentos para niños de 1 a 3 años / Toddler Storytime

los jueves a las 11:30a.m.  Lectura de cuentos bilingües específicamente para niños de 1 a 3 años con mucho baile, movimiento y diversión.

Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. An active storytime program for children from 1 to 3 years old.