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

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Central Library

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 3-8, siblings are welcome! No registration required.

Preschool Storytime
Tuesdays, 10:30 am, September 16 – December 16

For ages 3-5 years, and siblings welcome. Join us in the Central Library Community Room for stories, songs, and a craft! Preregistration required if bringing more than four children.

Tiny Tots Storytime
Thursdays, 10 am, September 18 – December 18, 3-36 months with adult, Children’s Program Room

Join us for songs, stories, and play! Especially for families with children aged 3-36 months.


Brightwood Branch

Children’s Bilingual Story Club
Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m., January 7 – February 25, 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

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Family PJ Storytime
Thursdays, 6 pm, September 18, October 23, November 20, December 18

It’s Pajama Time! Share the time honored tradition of bedtime stories and snack at our monthly family event. No registration is needed. Families with children ages 3-8.

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.


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.


Indian Orchard Branch

Saturday Stories and Snacks
September 6, October 18, November 8, and December 20, 11 am – 12 pm, ages 3-5

Moms and Dads, sons and daughters, and family members of all kinds, join Miss Meg in the Children’s Room for stories and yummy snacks (and coffee for the adults). For ages 3-5. Space is limited so preregistration is encouraged. Preregister by calling 413-263-6846.

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.