Storytimes to Go kits

Do-it-yourself storytime kits for parents and teachers of preschoolers

Storytimes to Go aims to bring library resources into the preschool environment, enhancing teachers' daily instruction and providing more opportunities for children to develop early literacy skills in a fun and exciting way. The kits allow teachers access to materials that may not already be in the classroom, and each comes with a manual loaded with ideas for using the materials in unique ways that benefit students. Storytimes to Go are designed for use by preschool educators and professional caregivers serving preschool children ages three to five.

Content and themes

The kits are thematically based and include a selection of books, music, puppets, puzzles, flannelboards and other manipulatives appropriate for use in the preschool classroom. Each kit also contains a Teacher’s Manual that provides curriculum connections, reproducibles, and a list of other library materials of interest.

  • All About Me
  • Beach and Ocean
  • Colors
  • Community Helpers
  • Counting and Numeracy
  • Dinosaurs
  • Family
  • Farm
  • Food
  • Friendship
  • Gardening and Growing
  • Getting Dressed
  • Insects
  • Jungle Animals
  • Move It: Learning in Motion
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Pets
  • Reptiles
  • School
  • Shapes
  • Transportation
  • Weather


Find Storytimes to Go kits in the library catalog.

Kits may be checked out by any adult with a valid Knox County Public Library card in good standing. Kits may only be borrowed with one's personal library card; teacher cards may not be used. Only one kit may be checked out at a time for up to three weeks and may not be renewed.

Please reserve kits at least 24 hours in advance either online through the catalog or by calling the Children's Room at (865) 215-8725.

Thanks to a generous grant from the East Tennessee Foundation, the library is able to provide these materials for checkout free of charge. Please note, however, that there are unique fees imposed for late returns and damaged or missing parts:

  • Late Fine: $5 per day, up to a maximum of $25.
  • Teacher’s Manual: $10 replacement fee for damaged or missing pages.
  • Books and Materials: List price plus a $5 processing fee.
  • Patrons will also incur a $10 cleaning fee for materials returned with excessive dirt.