Children's Summer Programming
For programs that require registration, Check out the Library Calendar and click on the event you are interested in . A registration link will appear if there is still space available.
Toddler Times - Tales & More with Bethany in the Morning - Mondays at 10:30 Come join us every Monday morning at 10:30 for story time followed by a craft suitable for preschool/toddler age children.
Toddler Times - Tales & More with Meg in the Morning - Thursdays at 10:30 Come join us every Thursday morning at 10:30AM for story time followed by a craft suitable for preschool/toddler age children.
READ BEYOND THE BEATEN PATH
SUMMER READING PROGRAM 2022
This year’s summer reading program is called READ BEYOND THE BEATEN PATH. It will be a celebration of summer camp. Participants of all ages will have lots of fun activities to choose from each week. The program runs from Tuesday, June 21st through Saturday, August 13th. Families and individuals can register beginning on Friday, June 17th. Please note that several events require pre-registration. For these events you can sign up by either calling the library at 413-538-5045 or stopping into the library located at 2 Canal Street.
Weekly Take and Make Crafts
During the eight weeks of our summer reading program, children up to age 10 are invited to stop into the Children’s Room and pick up a ‘Take & Make’ craft bag to bring home. Craft bags will be available each week beginning on Mondays throughout the week while supplies last. We ask that children take ONE bag only to ensure that as many children as possible will be able to participate. NO pre-registration is needed. Just pop into the Children’s Room and grab a bag. The week of August 1st kids will receive a PARACORD SNAKE. The week of August 8th (final week of the program) they will receive a BUG MAGNET kit. Pre-registration is not required but we do ask that children are signed up for the summer reading program to participate. Beginning in September we will be back to our monthly Take & Make crafts for the kids.
SUMMER BINGO FOR KIDS Last Chance
Summer Reading Program BINGO for kids concludes on Thursday, August 4th at 3:00pm. . Join us for several exciting games of Bingo with cool prizes for winning Bingo games. NO pre-registration is ever needed for Bingo but you may want to come early to choose your lucky seat in the Community Meeting Room. While adults are welcome to assist their children, Bingo boards are only given to children and teens.
PLAINS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
GUEST READER STORY TIME
Every Thursday morning at 10:30am during the summer we are happy to host a Plains Elementary School teacher or other staff member to read during our Story Time. This is fun way for children to meet their new teachers or to come and talk with a former teacher. Each week we will have a different guest reader.
Each week we will have a different guest reader. August readers will include Rachael Campos,
Carla Lussier, Nancy Jessup, and Martha Stackhouse-Lacoste.
No pre-registration is needed. If the weather permits we will meet outside on the library lawn.
TOM KNIGHT MUSIC & PUPPET SHOW
On Wednesday, July 27th at 10:00AM, Tom Knight will delight children and their grown-ups with his interactive musical puppet show. He blends musicianship and puppetry with vibrant and fun visual elements that will appeal to young children. Tom has performed at festivals, museums, and libraries across the country. No pre-registration needed – just come and have a great time!
UKULELE FOR YOU WITH JULIE STEPANEK
Hey kids! Want to try an instrument that is fun and easy to play? Join Julie Stepanek on Saturday, July 30th at 10:00AM, as she shows the fundamentals of ululele playing. You’ll learn how to tune, strum, and read chords. After a short lesson, you’ll be able to play songs. No experience necessary. Ukuleles will be available for use or bring your own. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Call or stop in to reserve your spot. This program is for children ages 7 and older.
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 on Monday, July 25th from 6pm to 7pm. Gwen will be here on Wednesday, July 27th from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. Duchess will be here on Mondays, August 8th & 22nd from 6pm to 7pm. Gwen will be here on Wednesday, August 24th 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 by the library. If all time slots are filled feel free to give your information for future visits.
SPRINGFIELD THUNDERBIRDS MASCOT VISIT
Who wants to meet Boomer, the Springfield Thunderbirds mascot? He will be here on Wednesday, August 17th at 2:00PM. Come meet Boomer and be sure to bring your phone or camera to get a photo taken with him. The Thunderbirds had an awesome season winning the Eastern Conference championship. Every hockey fan will want to come to this program!