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 this spring! Here is the schedule:

Central Library

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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! Ages 3-12.

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.

Family Storytime with the Springfield Museums
Tuesdays, 10: 30-11:30 a.m., April 5 – May 24, alternating locations: Museums/Library

Join us for stories, songs, and an activity! No registration required. Ages birth – 5, siblings welcome! This program alternates between the Museums and Children’s Room at the Library. We’ll meet at the Museums the first week. Not sure which week it is right now? Call us at 413-263-6828, ext. 201.
Note: Programs at the Museum are free for Springfield residents with proof of address. Please meet us in the Welcome Center before coming to sessions held in the Museum. Be prepared to show your proof of address.


Brightwood Branch

Bilingual Storytime at Brightwood, Wednesdays, January 6 – July 27, 2016, 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 Los miercoles,del 9 de septiembre al 27 de julio.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.


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East Forest Park Branch

Infant/Toddler Storytime at East Forest Park, Fridays, April 1 – May 6, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Join us for stories, songs, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Ages birth-36 months, siblings welcome.

Music Together at East Forest Park, Fridays, June 3 – July 1, 10:30 a.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.


East Springfield Branch

Pajama Storytime at East Springfield, Wednesdays, March 2 – May 25, 6:00-6:30 p.m.
Join us for stories, songs, and movement. No registration required. Adult must accompany children. Ages 3-10, siblings (and stuffed animals!) welcome.


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Forest Park Branch

Music Together at Forest Park, Tuesdays, May 31 – June 28, 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, May 3 – 24, 10:30-11:15 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.

Toddler Storytime at Forest Park, Tuesdays, July 5 – Aug. 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.

PJ Storytime at Forest Park, Thursdays, July 14 and August 25, 6:30 p.m., Children’s Program Den
Put on your jammies, brush your teeth, and come to the Forest Park Branch Library for bedtime stories, songs and a light snack.


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Indian Orchard Branch

Preschool Storytime at Indian Orchard
Mondays, January 4 – May 23 and July 11 – Aug. 22 (except Aug. 1), 10:30-11:30 a.m., ages 3-5, with adult, siblings welcome

Join us for stories, songs, a craft, and playtime. Registration required IF you bring more than 3 children. Adult must accompany children. Space is limited to 12. Presented in collaboration with Home City Families. Ages 3-5, siblings welcome.


Library Express at Pine Point

Family Storytime at the Library Express at Pine Point, Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5 p.m., March 30 – May 18 and June 8 – Aug. 24 (No storytime July 13)
Join us for stories and a craft. No registration required. Ages 4-10, siblings welcome.


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Sixteen Acres Branch

Neighborhood Playgroup at Sixteen Acres, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., March 3 – May 26 and June 2 – 16
Join us for stories, songs, movement, fingerplays, a craft, and playtime. No registration required. Adult must accompany and consistently supervise children. Ages birth-5 years, siblings welcome.

Family Storytime at Sixteen Acres, Thursdays, June 23 – Aug. 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Community Room.
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, Fridays, June 3 – July 1, 1:30 p.m., Community Room.
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.

Pajama Storytime at Sixteen Acres, Tuesdays, June 7 & 21, 6:30 p.m., Community Room
Join us in your pajamas for stories, songs and a bedtime snack!