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!

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Storytimes are available this winter! Here is the schedule:

Central Library

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Create!
Daily, during open hours, Children’s Room. Ages 3-12.

What can you design with the materials available today? Stop at the Children’s desk to pick up supplies!

Family Storytime
Saturdays, 1:30 pm. Ongoing in the Children’s Program Room.

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


Brightwood Branch

Bilingual Storytime at Brightwood
Wednesdays, ongoing, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Community Room.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 12 months-6 years, siblings welcome.

Hora de cuentos bilingües en la Biblioteca Brightwood
Todos los miércoles, 1:30 a 2:30 p.m., Salón Comunitario.

Acompáñenos para cuentos, canciones, actividades, y tiempo para jugar. No requiere inscripción previa. Un adulto debe acompañar a los niños. Plazas limitadas a 12 niños con un adulto. Presentada con la colaboración de Home City Families. Para niños de 12 meses a 6 años de edad, y los hermanos son bienvenidos.


East Forest Park

Music Together at East Forest Park
Tuesdays, April 25 – May 23, 1:30 p.m.

Join us for a 5-week series of music and movement. Registration is required, call 413-886-5158. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 10 children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth-5 years.

Infant/Toddler Storytime at East Forest Park
Fridays, March 3 – May 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Join us for stories, songs, movement, and a craft. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Ages 6-36 months, siblings welcome.


East Springfield Branch

Family Storytime at East Springfield
Wednesdays, March 1 – May 31, 5:30 – 6 p.m.

Join us for stories. No registration required. Ages 5-9, siblings welcome.


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Forest Park Branch

Music Together at Forest Park
Tuesdays, March 7 – April 11, 10:30 a.m., Children’s Program Den.

Join us for a 5-week series of music and movement. Registration is required, call 413-886-5158. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 10 children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth-5 years.

Toddler Storytime at Forest Park
Tuesdays, April 18 – May 30, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Children’s Program Den.
Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 1-3 ½, siblings welcome.

Lunch Bunch at Forest Park
First Saturday of the month except holiday weekends, 1-2 p.m.

Come and enjoy a fun interactive story, an engaging activity and a free light lunch. Recommended for children ages 5-12. Sponsored by Faith United Church.


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Mason Square Branch

Preschool Storytime at Mason Square
Wednesdays, ongoing, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Mason Square Community Room.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Ages 3-5, siblings welcome.

Sixteen Acres Branch

Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres
Thursdays, March 2 – May 25, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required, just drop in anytime during the program. Adult must accompany and consistently supervise children. Ages birth-5 years, siblings welcome.

Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres
Tuesdays, March 7 – May 30, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Join us for stories, songs, and crafts. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth-5 years, siblings welcome.

Music Together at Sixteen Acres
Saturdays, April 1 – April 29, 1:00 p.m.

Join us for a 5-week series of music and movement. Registration is required, call 413-886-5158. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 10 children. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages birth-5 years.