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!

Download our Winter Storytimes flyer

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

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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.

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Special Edition! Saturdays, March 21 – April 18, 1:30pm
Five weeks only! Join us for our usual storytime fun, plus create some extra-special projects made possible by a grant from Home City Families! Special guidelines apply for this five-week series: adults and children must stay together during the entire program. Families must be on time in order to participate. No registration is required but space is very limited. Don’t miss out!


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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.

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.

AGES 5+

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Fun with Junie B. Jones!
Mondays, 5:30 p.m., March 23 – May 4, students in Kindergarten – grade 4, Children’s Program Room

Let’s spend some time with beloved chapter book character Junie B. Jones! We’ll read about her ups and downs as she navigates the school bus, friends, teachers and much more. Junie B. loves an exciting project, so we’ll finish off with an educational game or craft. Participants will also be given a weekly activity packet for home use. For children in grades K – 4. Parents welcome to attend!



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 – 2:00 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 30-minute 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 – 2:00 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 escucharan cuentos muy buenos. Este nuevo programa de 30 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!


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East Springfield Branch

Pajama Storytime
Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m., January 21 & 28, February 4, 18, & 25, March 4, 18, & 25, 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., January 6 – 27, birth to 18 months

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.


Music and Movement Storytime
Tuesdays, 10:30 am, February 3 – April 28, 1 1/2 – 3 years

Come and enjoy moving to music, learning some new rhymes and songs and hearing a story. Recommended for children 1 1/2 – 3 years old and their parents or caregivers. Please call 413-263-6843 to preregister.

Special Edition! Tuesdays, March 24 – April 14, 10:30am
Four weeks only! Join us for our usual movement fun, plus take home some extra special creations and materials made possible by a grant from Home City Families! Space is limited. Call 413-263-6843.


Indian Orchard Branch

Wee Ones Storytime
Mondays, 10:30 am, ongoing, ages 1-2

Come enjoy some stories, songs, and fun rhymes. Recommended for children 1-2 years old and their parents and/or caregivers. Please call 413-263-6846 to preregister.

Mason Square Branch

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.

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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, ages 3-5, Sixteen Acres Community Room

Come enjoy some stories, songs, and rhymes. Recommended for ages 3-5. Please preregister by calling the branch at 413-263-6858.