Children's Programs and Services

The 2024 Summer Reading Program begins Monday, June 17 and continues through Friday, August 9. 

Kids ages 0-11 can sign up in person or online, and read (or be read to) any book of their choice for 20 minutes a day. The theme is "Read, Renew, Repeat" but you can read whatever you want, and all reading counts, including graphic novels and audiobooks! 

When you sign up, you will be entered into the raffle prize drawing in August. Kids who complete their reading logs will get an extra raffle entry. At the end of summer reading, all participants will receive a coupon for free ice cream.

There are lots of fun programs to attend too, including Book Bingo (June 20, July 18 and 25, and August 1 and 8), Wildlife on Wheels, Smokey the Bear, Trevor the Games Man, and more!

Are you an MESMS student? Find your summer reading info here.

Questions about children's programs or services? Contact Jenny (jarch@cwmars.org).

 

What to read next? Ask for a Book Bundle!

Request personalized book recommendations based on your preferences. Fill out this form, and a librarian will put together a selection of titles for you to enjoy!

 

Regular Programs 


PAJAMA STORYTIME

Families are invited to join us most Mondays at 6:30pm for a cozy evening story time. Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and cuddle up to hear some bedtime stories in the Storytime Room. 

pajamastorytime


LEGO AND BOARD GAMES FOR KIDS

Come build with Lego and/or play board games in the storytime room. Play with a friend or family member or meet someone new! Lego creations may be displayed in the library. For kids ages 4-12. Note: There is also a Lego Club at the Gaylord Memorial Library on some Thursdays.

Board Games

Lego


READING BUDDIES WITH DUCHESS & GWEN

Duchess the Yorkshire terrier and Gwen the greyhound are reading therapy dogs from Bright Spot Therapy Dogs. Kids in kindergarten and above can schedule a 15 minute time slot to read to one of them. Duchess will be here the second Tuesday of each month from 6pm to 7pm. Gwen will be here the fourth Wednesday of each month from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. Pre-registration is required. Parents or caretakers can sign their children up by either calling the library at 413-538-5045 or stopping into the library. If all time slots are filled, feel free to give your information for future visits.

Duchess the Yorkie

Gwen


 

 

STORYTIME

Families are invited to join us every Wednesday morning at 10:30am for a story time with an assortment of picture books followed by an age appropriate craft or other fun activity. While geared for birth to age 5, we welcome older children to participate if desired. Join us in the Storytime Room located in the Children's Room. Weather permitting we’ll be outside on the library lawn. 

Storytime children


RHYME TIME

 

Our youngest patrons and their grownups are encouraged to come every Tuesday morning at 10:30am for Rhyme Time.  Participants can sing and dance during this interactive music based program. Children from birth through 5 or 6 will enjoy this fun activity. Rhyme Time takes place on the library lawn, weather permitting, or in the Community Meeting Room.

 


CFCE PLAYGROUP

 

Every Thursday at 10:30am we host Debbie from the Coordinated Family Community Engagement Program who presents a fun filled program with stories, games, circle time, music & more for children from birth to 5. Older siblings are welcome to attend too.  

 

Playgroup

 

 


COMICS & CRAFTS

Read, write, draw, and create! Make a one-page comic, a booklet, or a paper animation, or use the library's stash of craft materials and recyclables to "upcycle" a unique creation. Tuesdays from 3:45-4:45pm, for kids age 5-11.  

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Library of Things


AMERICAN GIRL DOLLS

 

Borrow an American Girl doll from the library! There are 7 dolls, located in the Children’s Room on the desk when you first walk in. If none are available, you may place one on hold. The library will notify you when it is available for you to pick up. The dolls have a 3 week loan period with no renewals. One doll may be checked out per household at a time on an adult’s library card.

 

 


STEM to Go Kits!

 

Do your kids want a hands-on way to learn about science, technology, engineering, & math?  Check out our STEM kits. Kits are available to borrow by adult patrons who have signed the STEM Kit Loan Agreement. One kit per family may be checked out for a period of one week. Interested? Ask the Youth Services staff for more information or to sign up.


Chemistry Adventure

 

Children in grades K-6 can have a blast conducting experiments at home with an adult. Participants earn stamps after each kit, and prizes after completing 3, 6, and 10 kits, with a special end of year event for those who complete all 10. Kits are located in the children's room and can be checked out on an adult card. The Passport to Chemistry Adventure program was started and is supported by Mount Holyoke College. 

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This Coloring Book is made possible by Abigail Vann,

who is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

 

Bears, Foxes, and Coyotes, Oh My! - Learning to Live with Wildlife Coloring Pages

Girl Scouts logo


MONTHLY RECIPE
 
The next time you visit the library, pick up a copy of a recipe you can make at home! This month's recipe is for ice cream, from ICE CREAM MAN by Glenda Armand and Kim Freeman.
 

Ice Cream Man