Did you know that babies need books? The foundations for success in reading begin at birth! Come register your baby (ages birth through age 2) for their own library card, anytime during the month of April, and see what the library has for you! The first 200 families that live in the city of Springfield will receive a free gift! The Springfield City Library will have Baby Open Houses — just come in at the designated time and sample some treats and sign up your baby for a library card and find out more about how you can be your baby’s first teacher. Or try out a baby storytime or join one of the storytimes the library is hosting. On Tuesday, April 22, at 10:30 am we have special guest, award winning musician and nationally recognized Early Childhood Music Educator, Ellen Allard coming to the Forest Park Library to share easy to learn songs and tips on why it’s important to sing, dance, move and bounce with your baby.
Can’t make any of these special events? Just stop by with your baby, at any Springfield Library location that is convenient for you and sign up for a library card for your baby.
Baby Open Houses!
Come out and meet the other new babies in your neighborhood! Eight of the Springfield City Library locations will offer a Baby Open House! Grab a bite to eat, meet some other new faces, and, if you are one of the first 200 families to sign your baby up for a library card, and live in the city of Springfield, you will receive a free gift! Special thanks to our sponsors Home City Families, Friends of Springfield City Library, Big Y and the Davis Foundation.
- Saturday, April 5, 11 am-1 pm: East Springfield Branch, 21 Osborne Terrace, 263-6840
- Saturday, April 5, 11 am-1 pm: Mason Square Branch, 765 State St., 263-6853
- Thursday, April 10, 10 am-Noon: Central Library, 220 State St. , 263-6828 ext. 201
- Monday, April 14, 10:30 am-12 pm: Indian Orchard Branch, 44 Oak St. , 263-6846
- Tuesday, April 22, 10:30am -12:30pm , Forest Park Library, 380 Belmont Ave., 263-6843
- Thursday, April 24, 6-7 pm: Brightwood Branch, 359 Plainfield St., 263-6805
- Saturday, April 26, 11 am-1pm: East Forest Park Branch, 122 Island Pond Rd., 263-6836
- Saturday, April 26, 11 am-1pm: Sixteen Acres Branch, 1187 Parker St., 263-6858
On Tuesday, April 22 at 10:30 am, award-winning musician and Early Childhood Music Specialist Ellen Allard will present This Little Piggy Went To the Market, at the Forest Park Branch Library located at 380 Belmont Ave, Springfield.
Want to easily learn how to incorporate music into your child’s life? Join Ellen as she shares her repertoire of easy-to-learn songs, fingerplays and knee bounces that will have your child giggling with delight. By the end of the program, you will understand why it is so important to sing and dance and move and bounce with your child. Bring a smile and a willingness to be silly! Sign up at 413-263-6843, or stop by!
Ongoing Baby Storytimes
Thursday, April 10 at 10 am: Join in on the First Steps Storytime at the Central Library, 220 State St. This program includes stories, songs, and playtime. It’s a great opportunity to help your baby or young toddler acquire those critical language and social skills. Especially for children birth-36 months with a parent or caregiver. No registration required–just drop in! Call 413-263-6828 ext. 201 for more information.
Monday, April 14, 10:30-11:30 am: Join in on Wee Ones at the Indian Orchard Branch, 44 Oak St. Enjoy some stories, songs, and fun rhymes. Recommended for children 1 to 2 years old and their parents and/or caregivers. Please call 413-263-6846 to preregister.
Two Springfield Library locations are launching Baby Storytimes!
It’s Baby Time! Join the other new babies in your neighborhood at the Forest Park Branch Library or the Mason Square Branch Library for a program just for you and your baby!
The Forest Park Branch Library’s Baby Lapsit will start Tuesday, April 1, at 10:30 am and will meet for four weeks (April 1, 8, 15, and 29). Join us for 20 minutes of interactive songs, rhymes, stories and fun to share with your baby followed by time to visit with other parents and for babies to play. For newborns to 18 months with a parent or caregiver. No registration required–just drop in! The Forest Park Library is located at 380 Belmont Ave., Springfield. Call 413-263-6843 for more information.
The Mason Square Branch Library, located at 765 State Street, will start First Steps Storytime on Saturday, April 12 from 11 am-Noon and will meet for four Saturdays (April 12, 19, 26, and May 3). Join us for a new program that includes stories and songs and playtime. This is a great opportunity to help your baby or young toddler acquire those critical language and social skills. Especially for children birth-36 months with a parent or caregiver. No registration required–just drop in! Call 413-263-6853 for more information.