Apr
28
5:00 pm17:00

Meet the Author of Love is a Tutu & Love is a Truck: Amy Novesky

Friday, April 28 (5pm)

Join us as award-winning author and children’s book editor Amy Novesky shares a fresh take on love.  We’ll discover that sometimes love is like a tutu, found in a pirouette. Other times, love is a like truck and “a kid who lines them all up.” Amy has also written the beautiful Cloth Lullaby and other picture books about women artists.

Apr
29
3:30 pm15:30

Independent Bookstore Day

Saturday, April 29 (3:30pm)

Indie bookstores like Charlie’s appreciate your friendship so much. We are proud of our community! On Independent Bookstore Day, we’ll have a special 3:30 story time featuring music, treats and visits from some of our favorite characters. Come celebrate with us and we’ll have some good old-fashioned story time fun!

May
1
10:00 am10:00

Kentucky Derby Day & Author Leo Lionni's Birthday!

Monday, May 1, 2017 (10am, 12pm, 3pm)

Gonna run all night; gonna run all day! Grab your big hats and trot over for horse & hat-themed story times. No hat? No problem! Visit our craft table to make a festive hat of your own. We are serving mint juleps with horse-friendly veggies & fruits. We’ll also share the acclaimed stories of award-winning author, illustrator, and four-time Caldecott Honor winner: Leo Leonni.

 

May
1
May 7

National Children's Book Week

Monday May 5 through Sunday, May 7, 2017

“One world, many stories!” marks the theme for the 98th anniversary of National Children’s Book Week. Connect with children's books and the joy of reading as we participate in this nationwide event. Charlie's Corner is celebrating with an action-packed week of themed story times. Cast your ballot for Book of the Year in the 10th Annual Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards, the only national book awards in which children and teens alone are the voters. These awards give young readers a chance to share their opinions about the books created just for them.

May
2
12:00 pm12:00

Peter Pan Pancake & Pajama Party

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 (12pm & 3pm)

Take the first star on the right and fly straight on until morning for a Neverland adventure honoring the birthday of J. M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan. We are bringing Peter Pan to life with stories, treats, and just a little bit of pixie dust. Dress in your pajamas, enjoy Lost Boys' pancakes, and pixie dust face painting. We’ll follow secret treasure maps to meet mermaids and pirates while escaping Captain Hook and the hungry Tick Tock Crocodile.

May
3
3:30 pm15:30

Meet the Author: Little Wolf’s First Howling - Laura McGee Kvasnosky

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 (Special 3:00pm Story Time Event)

Aw Aw Awoooo! Follow the call of the wild to meet author Laura McGee Kvasnosky as she shares her heartfelt book, Little Wolf’s First Howling. Rich illustrations and unique, rhythmic text takes us on a journey through meadows and mountains where nature sounds different from what we might expect. Surprises await… and get ready to practice your howls!

May
4
10:00 am10:00

Star Wars--May the Fourth Be with You

Thursday, May 4, 2017 (10am, 12pm, 3pm)

A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, Star Wars fans dedicated May 4th to celebrating all things Star Wars. The Force is strong. Gather with fellow Jedis, Droids, Storm troopers, galactic royalty, and even space outlaws for Star Wars-themed story times. Dress in Stars Wars gear or bring your favorite memorabilia as we follow the Millennium Falcon deep into space to protect the universe from the dark side.

May
5
10:00 am10:00

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Friday, May 5, 2017 (10am, 12pm, 3pm, 5pm)

Hola, amigos! Cinco de Mayo is fiesta time in Mexico. This holiday honors Mexico’s triumph in the Battle of Puebla and is celebrated in Mexico and in Mexican-American communities. We are highlighting Latino culture with stories, songs, and tasty treats. We’ll also practice our Spanish by reading bilingual books.

 

May
14
10:00 am10:00

Mother's Day Celebration

Sunday, May 14, 2017 (10am, 12pm, 3pm, 5pm)

Mothers are the original super hero! Bring your Mommies, Aunties, mother-figures, and mentors to this story time. Come celebrate Mother’s Day with stories, songs, and brunch-themed snacks. We’ll play fun parent-child bonding games. Join us in a rousing rendition of the “Happy Mother’s Day Song” which ends with a warm hug and kiss. Finally, drop by the craft table to color a special picture for Mom.

May
15
May 20

Farm Week

Monday, May 15 through Saturday, May 20, 2017 (All Story Times)

Yeee haw! Bring your E-I-E-I-Os down to Charlie’s Farm for a hootenanny of a good time. We will bring you a new farm experience every day. Jump on the story time hay wagon to explore each day at Charlie’s Farm:

  • Monday May 15 - Welcome to the Farm with Little Blue Truck

  • Tuesday, May 16 - Old MacDonald's Kooky Farm Animals

  • Wednesday, May 17 - Transportation & Tools: Tractor, Digger, Trucks, and More!

  • Thursday, May 18 - Farmers Market Fun: Fruits, Veggies, Fields, & Dairy

  • Friday, May 19 - Farm Jobs: What Does a Farmer Do?

  • Saturday, May 20 - Barnyard Hoedown: Countryside Barn Party

 

May
22
10:00 am10:00

Curious George Story Times

Monday, May 22, 2017 (10am, 12pm, 3pm, 5pm)

"This is George. He lived in Africa. He was a good little monkey, and always very curious." With these words, authors and illustrators Margaret and H.A Rey introduced the loveable Curious George to the world. Today, we are monkeying around with our favorite mischief maker and his friend the Man in the Yellow Hat. We’ll read stories and play games like Animal Charades and Monkey See, Monkey Do.

May
23
10:00 am10:00

Goodnight Moon: Author Margaret Wise Brown’s Birthday

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (10am, 12pm, 3pm, 5pm)

Stretch… and yaaaawn! Goodnight Moon’s rhythmic, drowsy, lullaby-esque text sure makes us want to grab our stuffed animals and curl up under the covers. We are celebrating author Margaret Wise Brown’s birthday by sharing this classic tale. Its simplicity reflects the childhood ritual of saying ‘good night’ to the things around us. Get cozy and tuck into this story time as a little bunny tells the world, “Good night.”

May
24
10:00 am10:00

Wizard of Oz Story Times


Wednesday, May 24, 2017 (10am, 12pm, 5pm Story Times)

Click your ruby slippers, grab Toto, and say ‘goodbye’ to Auntie Em. We are off to see the Wizard - the wonderful Wizard of Oz! It’s the birthday of the author, L. Frank Baum. Follow the yellow brick road to Charlie’s Corner, where we’ll share the story that the Library of Congress dubbed "America's greatest and best-loved homegrown fairytale."

May
25
10:00 am10:00

Ramadan Celebration

Friday, May 25, 2017 (10am, 12pm, 3pm, 5pm)

"Ramadan Mubarak!" We wish you a blessed Ramadan. This month, the new moon marks the beginning of Ramadan, an Islamic holiday known for fasting, family, and helping others. Please join us, marking this special tradition by reading books about Ramadan, tasting traditional foods, and singing songs about the Ramadan symbols, the moon and stars.

May
25
10:00 am10:00

Frog and Toad Day

Thursday, May 25, 2017 (10am, 12pm, 3pm Story Times)

Ribbitt! Ribbitt! Here come Frog & Toad! They are on their way to author and illustrator, Arnold Lobel’s  birthday party. Join us for story times honoring this beloved author of Caldecott Medal books featuring the friends, Frog and Toad. Stories and songs about friendship, ponds, and woodland creatures will be shared..


Apr
25
12:00 pm12:00

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Tuesday, April 25 (12pm, 3pm, 5pm)

If you go out in the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise… The teddy bears have planned something special! Join us for Teddy Bears’ Picnic story times. Bring your favorite teddy bear or toy. Picnic snacks will be served.

 

Apr
22
10:30 am10:30

Earth Day

Saturday, April 22 (10:30am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm)

Come learn about Nature and how to protect our Earth. We’ll read stories about plants, trees, and ladybugs, a gardener’s lucky insect. Understand the importance of protecting trees and plants.

Apr
21
12:00 pm12:00

Spring Fling Sock Hop

Friday, April 21 (12pm, 3pm, 5pm)

Hey, cool cats and kittens, put on your glad rags and throw a nickel in the Juke Box. We’re going to the sock hop! Head back to the iconic decade when Rock n’ Roll first made its debut. Kick off your shoes and bop to Doo-Wop, Rock, and Pop classics. Julia Beth will be rockin' live music at 12pm!

Apr
14
10:00 am10:00

Farewell Laura! Goodbye Stories with Our Canadian Friend

Friday, April 14, 2017 (10am, 12pm, 3pm, 5pm)

See you later alligator, in  awhile crocodile, okey dokey artichokey, see you soon baboon...come say goodbye to our beloved Canadian guitar swinging friend, Laura, as she heads back home to Toronto.  We will read Laura's signature stories, sing her favorite songs, and we won't say goodbye, just see you later alligator!

Apr
13
12:00 pm12:00

Country Bunny Easter

Thursday, April 13 (12pm & 3pm)

Have you ever wondered how to balance parenthood and a career? Well, Mother Rabbit can relate! She has twenty-one baby bunnies and one BIG career goal. Grab your golden shoes and hop over as we bring this classic tale to life. The Country Bunny was originally published in 1939, but its message of perseverance resonates through generations.

 

Apr
10
12:00 pm12:00

Passover Celebration

Monday, April 10 (12pm & 3pm)

Chag Sameach means “joyous festival” in Hebrew. Join us for a special Passover celebration featuring Hebrew stories, songs and traditional foods such as matzah.

Apr
9
10:30 am10:30

Bugs and Beasts

Sunday, April 9 (10:30am, 12:30pm, and 3:30pm)

Hug a bug or pet a beast when Katharine brings her critters back again. Come make their acquaintance, learn cool animal facts, and hold one if you dare. We’ll meet Katharine’s creepy crawlies and a couple of reptiles, too.

 

Apr
7
10:00 am10:00

Woodland Fairies Day

Friday, April 7 (12pm, 3pm, 5pm)

Shhhhh…. Can you see them? They are hiding in our tree, sitting on the toadstools, and peeking out from behind the books. The woodland fairies have come to play! Wear your magical wings and step into the fairy circle where enchanted tales unfold.

Apr
6
12:00 pm12:00

Thomas the Tank Engine Day

Thursday, April 6 (12pm & 3pm)

Chugga chugga… Wooooo - wooooo! Can you hear Sir Topham Hatt’s train whistle? Join us at the railway station to meet Thomas & friends. Story times will feature our No. 1 Tank Engine’s adventures.

Apr
3
12:00 pm12:00

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Monday, April 3 (12pm & 3pm) 

Weather Alert: The forecast is fun! Gear up for all kinds of weather at this story time. We’ll read stories about everything from rain showers to sunshine to snow. Gusty winds expected… and a possible rain dance with thunder stomps, too.

Apr
2
10:30 am10:30

International Children's Book Day


Sunday, April 2 (10:30am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm)

Once upon a time, a holiday was declared on fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday to celebrate children’s books. Each year on April 2nd, people from around the world share their love of reading. Join us in honoring this important tradition with fairy tales, folk tales, and global stories.

Apr
1
10:00 am10:00

April Fools’ Funny, Wacky, Silly Story Time

Saturday, April 1 (10:30am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm)

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What’s the deal, Banana Peel? Break out your sillies because this is gonna be one wild, wacky, quirky, crazy Story Time. We’ve got books to tickle your funny bone. Mischief will be afoot with funny costumes, jokes, and surprises. 

Mar
30
10:45 am10:45

Meadowlark Music Class with Noe Venable

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Nurturing wonder through group music making

Meadowlark is a music class for children and caregivers.

In our cozy, welcoming circle, fairy magic is alive and well and the ancient songs still have something to teach us.  Each season features a collection of songs chosen to highlight the wonders of the season, from newborn rabbits in the spring, to apple orchards in the fall.  At Meadowlark, we remember what it’s like to see the world through a child’s eyes, and our classes and recordings are designed with this in mind. Our songs celebrate and nurture the magic of this time.

This experience is not only for children.  As a parent or caregiver, you’ll join a warmly supportive community in an activity that feeds the soul–singing and dancing with our children.  But that’s not all…  You’ll fill your care-giving toolkit with timeless, useful songs and rhymes, all imbued with the powers of imagination, warmth, and gentleness.  And in our thoughtfully produced, homemade recordings, you’ll take home a soundtrack to help keep your family singing all season long.

Meadowlark is…

Participatory ~ This is a hands-on experience that incorporates singing, movement, and play-along instruments.  No prior musical experience required!  There’s a saying in Zimbabwe– “If you can walk, you can dance.  If you can talk, you can sing.”  Try out a Meadowlark class, and you’ll find out how true this really is.

Multicultural ~ We sing songs from around the world belonging to various cultures and communities. 

Gentle on the Senses ~ To prevent over stimulation, our class balances exuberant moments (such as a musical parade) with gentler ones.  Each class includes a restful lullaby time and puppet show.

Acoustic ~ While we do provide recordings for listening at home, our in-person class is entirely acoustic.  We believe in the magic we can create together in real time, just as we are.

  • Drop-in ($22 per class) 

  • Whole session ($20 per class, + free recordings)

 

  • Session I:  3/30 – 4/27  (6 meetings)* Postponed to 3/30 instead of 3/23*

  • Session II:  5/4 – 6/8 (6 meetings)

Sign Up Here! > noevenable.com

Mar
29
6:30 pm18:30

The Scoop on Screens and Kids

Please join us at Charlie’s Corner for "The Scoop on Screens and Kids": a presentation for parents, with Mary G. Burke, M.D.

Author: "The Impact of Screen Media on Children" in the Psychiatric Times. Dr. Burke, who practices psychiatry at Sutter Pacific Medical Center, has a special interest in the subject of  child development and screen media. Taking a scientific but accessible approach, she presents current understanding of how our screens affect the brains and behavior of children.

The presentation is free, although donations would be welcomed and used to help support Project Avery, a program for children of incarcerated parents. 

We will see you at the Corner!

Mar
22
10:00 am10:00

Randolph Caldecott Day

Wednesday, March 22nd (All Day)
 

Come celebrate Randolph Caldecott’s birthday! This 18th-Century illustrator is the inspiration behind the prestigious annual awards for American children’s picture books. Check out our window display dedicated to the buzz-worthy books hyped nationwide as potential winners. Which ones have you read? Today, we’ll read some of our favorite winners and buzz-worthy books.

Mar
21
10:00 am10:00

Poetry Day

Tuesday, March 21st (All Day)

Poetry is play! Poems can tell dramatic stories, make you laugh, and get you to see things in a new way. Plunge into poetry's world - where a shark has jagged glass for teeth, a goblin won't share, a meal of alligator pie is greatly desired... and MORE!

Mar
20
10:00 am10:00

Spring Equinox: Butterfly Day!

Monday, March 20th (All Day)
 

The butterflies are coming toCharlie’s Corner! They are landing on our tree, walls, and story time area. Flit on over to learn about the Life Cycle of a Butterfly with our new butterfly farm. Wiggly worms become beautiful butterflies! We’ll wear giant butterfly wings and share butterfly-themed stories and crafts.

Mar
17
5:00 pm17:00

Meet the Author: Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito

March 17th at 5:00 PM


"One of my absolute favorite books of the year…The Sound of Silence is like a dharma talk led by Christopher Robin. Which is about as high a compliment as I can give." - The Huffington Post

Take a trip to Japan where little Yoshio explores the big city as he searches for one of the world’s most beautiful sounds. We are thrilled to welcome author, Katrina Goldsaito, who describes herself as an: “Artist. Fishbird. Unicorn." What a repertoire! Please join us for this very special story time event. 

Mar
17
10:00 am10:00

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day

Friday, March 17th (All Day)

Bring some Irish luck to your family. Ireland themed activities abound this St. Patrick’s Day. Story times will feature Irish folktales, limericks, & lucky symbols. We’ll also learn fun facts about the Emerald Isle and try Irish Soda Bread.

Mar
13
10:00 am10:00

Holi Indian Festival - Colors of Spring!

Holi Indian Festival - Colors of Spring!
Monday, March 13th (10 AM, 12 PM, and 3 PM)

Red! Blue! Yellow! Green! Join us as we welcome Spring with the colorful Indian Festival of Holi. We’ll say good-bye to winter’s greys with books featuring vibrant colors and endearing characters. Learn about Indian culture through songs & games. Drop by our face painting and coloring stations.

Mar
12
11:00 am11:00

Free Singalong with Noe Venable

Nurturing wonder through group music making

Meadowlark is a music class for children and caregivers.

In our cozy, welcoming circle, fairy magic is alive and well and the ancient songs still have something to teach us.  Each season features a collection of songs chosen to highlight the wonders of the season, from newborn rabbits in the spring, to apple orchards in the fall.  At Meadowlark, we remember what it’s like to see the world through a child’s eyes, and our classes and recordings are designed with this in mind. Our songs celebrate and nurture the magic of this time.

This experience is not only for children.  As a parent or caregiver, you’ll join a warmly supportive community in an activity that feeds the soul–singing and dancing with our children.  But that’s not all…  You’ll fill your care-giving toolkit with timeless, useful songs and rhymes, all imbued with the powers of imagination, warmth, and gentleness.  And in our thoughtfully produced, homemade recordings, you’ll take home a soundtrack to help keep your family singing all season long.

Meadowlark is…

Participatory ~ This is a hands-on experience that incorporates singing, movement, and play-along instruments.  No prior musical experience required!  There’s a saying in Zimbabwe– “If you can walk, you can dance.  If you can talk, you can sing.”  Try out a Meadowlark class, and you’ll find out how true this really is.

Multicultural ~ We sing songs from around the world belonging to various cultures and communities. 

Gentle on the Senses ~ To prevent over stimulation, our class balances exuberant moments (such as a musical parade) with gentler ones.  Each class includes a restful lullaby time and puppet show.

Acoustic ~ While we do provide recordings for listening at home, our in-person class is entirely acoustic.  We believe in the magic we can create together in real time, just as we are.

Mar
10
10:00 am10:00

Ezra Jack Keats Birthday!

Friday, March 10th (All Day)

Happy Birthday to groundbreaking author and illustrator, Ezra Jack Keats! His books introduced multiculturalism into mainstream American children's literature. We’ll bring these stories to life with songs, puppets, and surprises!

Mar
9
10:00 am10:00

Dr. Seuss' Birthday

Dr. Seuss' Birthday

Thursday, March 9th (All Day)

Do you care for green eggs & ham? How about some fun and games? Well, then Hop on Pop and come on over! We are celebrating this iconic author & illustrator’s birthday with Dr. Seuss themed story times, costumes, & surprises. Oh, the places we’ll go!

Mar
6
11:30 am11:30

Noe Valley Word Week: Story Time Crawl!

Sunday, March 26th (1-3 PM)
 

Ready for an adventure? Then join the Story Time Crawl for a treasure hunt through downtown Noe Valley. Start by picking up your secret treasure map at any of the Story Time locations. Follow the map to various themed story times. Collect a sticker at each stop. Surprises await! Story times run in 15-minute loops with 10-minute intermissions so you can see them all. Participants include:

   - Folio Books: Meet the Author/Illustrator Jim Averbeck

   - Small Fry's: Noe Valley Neighborhood: Shops & Stories

   - Charlie's Corner: Spanish Fiesta: Stories & Snacks

   - Cliché Noe: Call of the Wild: Nature & Animals

   - The Rabbit Hole Kids Theater presents Curtain Call: Theatrical Stories

Feb
28
5:00 pm17:00

French Story Time with Carine

Joignez-nous pour chanter et lire en français avec Carine à Charlie's Corner.

Join us while we sing songs and read stories in French with Carine at Charlie's Corner.

Tuesdays and Thursday at 5:00pm

Feb
28
10:00 am10:00

Spanish Story Time with Loreny

Hola! Vamos a Charlie's Corner para tiempo de cuentos en Español con Loreny. Join us for Spanish story time with songs and stories.

Mondays at 5:00 PM

Tuesdays at 10:00 AM

Wednesday at 3:00 PM

Feb
27
5:00 pm17:00

Spanish Story Time with Loreny

Hola! Vamos a Charlie's Corner para tiempo de cuentos en Español con Loreny. Join us for Spanish story time with songs and stories.

Mondays at 5:00 PM

Tuesdays at 10:00 AM

Wednesday at 3:00 PM

Feb
27
Mar 3

Transportation Week!

Chooo-hoooo! Beep! Beep! Va-roooom! Whoooosh! Climb aboard your favorite mode of transportation and head to Charlie’s Corner. We’ll zip around on everything from two-speed bikes to jumbo jets. Bring your own toy vehicle to show your friends. Every day, we'll focus on a different kind of conveyance!

Feb
24
10:00 am10:00

Mardi Gras Celebration!

Feathers, glittery masks, dancing, & fun! Mardi Gras or "Fat Tuesday," celebrates the last day of Carnival season before Lent. Come party in our French Quarter! We'll share stories about New Orleans, the heartbeat of American Mardi Gras, and feast on slices of traditional King Cake. Bring your dancing shoes for a Dixieland parade to New Orleans jazz and Brass Band music.

10:00 AM

12:00 PM

3:00 PM

5:00 PM