Jul
1
Jul 2

The Great Outdoors Weekend Camping Adventure

Saturday, July 1 (3:30 pm) AND Sunday, July 2 (10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm)

Ah, those summer nights! Fireflies, flashlights, fishing, and fun. Pack your gear, pitch a tent, and cozy up around the campfire. We are going on a weekend camping trip. As author and environmentalist John Muir once said, “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” Nurture your love for Nature as we explore the great outdoors. S’mores, anyone? We’ll meet forest animal friends and learn about all the things that make camping fun.

Jul
1
6:30 pm18:30

Meet the Illustrators: Ghost Stories

Saturday, July 1 (6:30pm)

Our weekend camping trip continues into the night with GHOST stories. Some of our favorite childhood memories include huddling around a campfire or hiding beneath bedroom covers reading ghost stories. These stories stirred both imagination and feelings of dread that kept us awake until morning light. GHOST is a collection of 13 original poems and tales written by Blaise Hemingway and Jesse Reffsin and illustrated by Chris Sasaki and Jeff Turley.  GHOST shares spooky tales written and illustrated for a new generation in timeless style. Stories that are as surprising as they are terrifying. Stories to tell the next time we sit around a campfire. 

Jul
3
10:00 am10:00

Backyard BBQ-Independence Day Pre-Party

Monday, July 3 (10am, 12pm, 3pm, 5pm)

Hey, neighbor! Come to our Backyard BBQ-themed story time to celebrate America’s history & diversity. We’ll read about American heritage and immigrant stories. You can munch on potato chips and sip lemonade while enjoying backyard games such as ring toss. Later, we’ll strike up the band with songs like Yankee Doodle and This Land is Your Land then practice marching skills to You’re a Grand Old Flag. We’ll even sing Happy Birthday to America! Ka-BOOM! Stay for our creative fireworks display where the kids shine bright and dazzle.


Jun
25
3:30 pm15:30

Meet the Author: Beth Reichmuth

June 25 (3:30pm)
 

Beth Reichmuth shares her new book, I'm Jay, Let's Play, in which gender conventions are turned on their head as a class of exuberant children show that imagination, creativity and friendship are the things that count.

Beth describes the purpose of her book, saying: "Gender expression can be playful.  It can be dynamic.  It can be joyful.  And in I'm Jay, Let's Play -- it is." 

Come celebrate Pride Weekend with Beth and the Charlie's Corner crew!

 

Jun
25
10:30 am10:30

Eid al-Fitr Celebration: End of Ramadan


Sunday, June 25 (10:30am, and 12:30pm)
 

“Eid Mubarak!” We wish you a blessed Eid! The new moon marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. Now, it’s time to joyously honor Eid al-Fitr - the Festival of Fast Breaking. It is a time to feast, wear new clothes, give to the needy, and celebrate with family. Come for stories and Arabic treats.

Jun
24
12:30 pm12:30

Meet the Author: Marcus Ewert

June 24th (12:30)

Can you imagine a dress made of flowers like roses and lilies? Or how about a dress made of windows, showing the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids?

Bailey, the main character of Marcus Ewert's book, 10,000 Dresses, can imagine all of this and more. The problem is, her parents say Bailey can't wear dresses. 

10,000 Dresses portrays a transgender child in a lighthearted and playful way, and we are thrilled to host local author Marcus Ewert for this special event. Head over to Charlie's to celebrate Pride and help us dream up creative and beautiful dresses together! 

Jun
23
10:00 am10:00

Colorful Eric Carle Story Times

Friday, June 23 (10am, 12pm, 3pm, and 5pm) 


A horse is a horse, of course, unless it’s a blue horse in an Eric Carle book, of course! Step into Eric Carle’s vibrant world where a hungry caterpillar eats everything from strawberries to salami and a brown bear sees a red bird and a purple cat. We are celebrating this beloved author and illustrator’s birthday in a truly colorful way.

Jun
22
10:00 am10:00

Little Prince Day

Thursday, June 22 (10a, 12pm, and 3pm)

Happy Birthday to the author and illustrator of The Little Prince - “a book for children written for adults." Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s cherished fable about a little prince’s adventures remains one of the most translated & best-selling books of all time. We’ll read excerpts in French and English, wear golden crowns, and smell roses.

Jun
21
10:00 am10:00

Day-Glo Dance Party

Wednesday, June 21  (10am, 12pm, 3pm, 5pm)
 

Are you ready to get your boogie on? Then wear your brightest colors and meet us on the Charlie’s Corner dance floor! We’ll pass out colorful costumes and instruments and then rock out to family favorites like "The Hokey-Pokey" and modern pop hits like Pharrell Williams's "Happy."

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Jun
20
6:30 pm18:30

Parent Workshop with Janet McBride, RD: Planting Seeds - Cultivating a Happy, Healthy Relationship with Food

Tuesday, June 20 (6:30pm) 

Our adult relationship with food is rooted in our early eating experiences. This workshop will discuss how to cultivate a positive relationship with food beginning in infancy and throughout childhood. Topics will include how:

  • to change picky eaters and introduce new foods

  • to decrease power struggles over food

  • to diminish food cravings in children

  • to bring joy back to mealtime

  • food choices affect brain chemistry

  • eating differs with developmental stages


Janet McBride, RD is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in eating behavior, body image and disordered eating. Janet completed her postgraduate training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. She lives in Noe Valley and has a San Francisco based private practice of 20 years helping families and individuals develop a positive relationship with healthy eating. Learn more at www.WiseNutritionWebsite.com.

Jun
20
10:00 am10:00

Summer Solstice Fruit Fête & Fiesta

Tuesday, June 20 (10am, 3pm, 5pm)

Summer is here and we are going global. Come celebrate the first day of summer with music, exotic fruits, and special language story times.  We’ll read books about summer and celebrate the sun. You might feel like today is lasting longer than usual. Well, it is! The word ‘solstice’ means ‘sun stands still’ because today has the longest hours of daylight and shortest hours of night. Wow! Come learn more at this solar-powered story time.

Jun
19
10:00 am10:00

Meet LadyBug Girl

Monday, June 19  (10am, 12pm, 3pm)
 

“Do ants need saving? Do forts need building? Are friends to be made?” This is a job for Ladybug Girl! Activate your imaginations and join us on Lulu’s superhero adventures. Lulu, otherwise known as Ladybug Girl, explores the outdoors with her trusty sidekick, Bingo the dog. We’ll splash through puddles (that might contain sharks!) and climb the tallest trees. It’s never a boring day with Ladybug Girl.

Jun
18
10:30 am10:30

Father's Day: Popcorn Party

Sunday, June 18 (10:30am, 12:30pm, and 3:30pm)

As author Linda Pointdexter informs us, “When my father didn't have my hand, he had my back.” Cheers to Dad - the original Mr. Cool! Fathers come in many forms. Bring your dads, father-figures, pappies, pops, uncles, grandfathers, and mentors for Father’s Day. We’ll read Dad-themed stories, sing songs, and munch on “Pop”-corn. We’ll also learn more about the parents in our Charlie’s Corner community.  

Jun
13
Jun 16

Little Golden Books Week

Monday, June 12 - Friday, June 16: 
    Monday (10am, 12pm, 3pm, 5pm)
    Tuesday (10am, 3pm)
    Wednesday (10am, 3pm, 5pm)
    Thursday (10am, 12pm, 3pm)
    Friday (10am, 12pm, 3pm, 5pm)

Come celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Little Golden Books. Surprises await! We’ll meet the Pokey Little Puppy and the Saggy Baggy Elephant. Little Golden Books offer stories for new generations as well as a nostalgic glimpse back into our own childhoods. These iconic books launched in 1942 selling for an affordable 25¢ while maintaining high-caliber artistic standards. They also fostered literary legends such as Margaret Wise Brown and Richard Scarry.

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..

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

 

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!

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
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!