Did you know…that the most critical period of vocabulary development occurs between birth and age 3? Everyone knows that the children who start Kindergarten with the largest vocabularies have the easiest time learning to read and stay in school the longest, but not everyone knows that most of the foundation for success is laid BEFORE the age of 3. Bringing your child to storytime is more than just fun–it’s brain building!

Storytimes are available at many of of our branches this spring. Here is the schedule:


Central Library

Download our Children’s Room flyer

Drop-in Craft – Daily, during all open hours, Children’s Room
Check the sign by the door for a sample, then pick up your materials at the desk. Just add imagination!

Saturday Storytime
Saturdays, 1:30 pm. Ongoing.

Join us for stories and a craft. Perfect for ages 3-10, siblings are welcome! No registration required.


This spring!

Tiny Tots
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m., March 26 – May 21, ages 3-36 months with adult, Children’s Program Room

Join us for songs, stories, and play! Especially for families.
*Receive a gift bag when you come to your first storytime!

Preschool Storytime
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., March 24 – May 19, ages 3-5, siblings welcome, Community Room

Join us for stories, songs, and a craft! Preregistration required only if you bring more than 4 children.

Brightwood Branch

Children’s Bilingual Story Club
Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m., January 7 – May 27, ages 1-4

HELLO! HOLA! Would your children like to join our young bilingual story club, English-Spanish? We’ll be meeting on Wednesdays from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm. Bring your little ones to the library to sing, dance, play and meet new friends. Best of all participants will have the opportunity to listen to some very good stories! This one hour program is appropriate for children 1 – 4 years old, accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Please call 413-263-6805 to sign up. See you at the library!

HOLA! HELLO! Le gustaria que sus niños participen en el Club de lectura bilingue, English-Español?. Vamos a reunirnos los Miercoles de 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Traiga a sus niñitos a la biblioteca a cantar, bailar, jugar y conocer nuevos amiguitos. Lo mas importante es que los participantes tendran la oportunidad de escuchara cuentos muy buenos. Este nuevo programa de 60 minutos es apropiado para niños de 1 a 4 años de edad, acompañados de un padre o su niñera. Para registrarse, por favor llame al 413-263-6805. Nos vemos en la biblioteca!


East Springfield Branch

Pajama Storytime
Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m., February 4, 18, & 25, March 4, 18, & 25, April 1, 15, 22 & 29; and May 6, 20 & 27, all ages

All ages are welcome to come and enjoy stories and songs in their pajamas. Stuffed animals also welcome.

Forest Park Branch

Baby Stories
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m., May 5 – 26, birth to 18 months, with adult

Sing, talk, read, and play with your baby. This lapsit program will be followed by an opportunity for your babies to play and you to visit with other parents/caregivers. No registration required.
*Receive a gift bag when you come to your first storytime!

Indian Orchard Branch

Ready, Sit, Read!
Mondays, 10:30 a.m., March 2-May 18, July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10, 17; ages 3-5, with adult, siblings welcome

We encourage 3-5 year olds (siblings too!) with a parent/caregiver to come in and enjoy seasonal rhymes, songs, finger plays, book-based activities, and – as always – the best in children’s books! A staff member from the Home-City-Families organization will provide a craft and share parenting tips. Drop in – no registration necessary. For more information call the branch at 413-263-6846.

Mason Square Branch

Preschool Storytime
Wednesdays, 10:30 am. Ongoing.

Join us at Mason Square every Wednesday morning for stories, songs, and crafts. For ages 3-8, siblings welcome. No registration required.


Dads and Kids Book Club
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m., January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9, 2.9-5 years, siblings welcome

Help your children develop a love of reading by joining the Dads and Kids Book Club! Designed for preschool children ages 2.9-5 years old (siblings welcome), the Dads and Kids Book Club will provide opportunities for fathers/father-figures to help their children develop a love of reading. Once a month, children will be introduced to books with a storytime, an arts and craft activity, a snack, and time for dads to meet other dads. For more information please call Jeff at 413-263-6853 or Ted at 413-263-6828, ext. 201. Offered in collaboration with Home City Families and the HCS Head Start Dads Make a Difference Committee.

Sixteen Acres Branch

Preschool Storytime
Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., January 22 – March 12, and April 2 – May 14, ages 3-5, Sixteen Acres Community Room

Come enjoy some stories, songs, and rhymes. Please preregister by calling the branch at 413-263-6858.