There is always something going on at the library!

Please note: our programming may occasionally be interrupted or rescheduled due to holidays,  school vacations, weather, illness or other circumstances beyond our control. Please view our children’s programming here for the most up to date information.

Weekly Programs: Starting September 25th

Mother Goose on the Loose Baby Lapsit Storytime
Tuesdays @ 10 AM
Join Miss Jennie for an interactive lapsit for babies and young toddlers, birth through age 2.  Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and movement. Older siblings may also come. From 10:25 to 11 am we invite you to stay and socialize with other parents, caregivers and children.

Preschool Pals
Wednesdays @ 10 AM
Enjoy stories and a fun craft with Ms. Tricia (ages 3-6, with a caregiver).

Early Explorers
Thursdays @ 10 AM
Explore elements of art, science, music, community awareness & more with Ms. Debby! Recommended for ages 3 – 6.

Toddler Time
Fridays @ 10 AM
Read & sing along with Ms.Tricia (ages 2-3, with a caregiver).

Special Programs & Performers:

Kiddie Time Song & Dance 
Thursday, September 6th @ 10 AM
Join Joe & Stephanie from Monument Square Music School on the first Thursday of every month for music, songs and dancing! This program is perfect for toddlers & preschoolers, but younger siblings are welcome as well! NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

Family Movie: The Pagemaster
Thursday, September 6th @ 5:30
Join us for snacks and a movie screening of The Pagemaster!  All ages welcome. (Rated G)
A tale of adventure and fantasy, which sends a young boy into the pages of the world’s greatest stories. Seeking refuge from a storm, timid Richard Tyler enters an empty library only to be swept away into the magical animated world of The Pagemaster, where legendary characters from literary classics come alive. Guided by a trio of talking books–Adventure, Fantasy and Horror–Richard must conquer his greatest fears before he can find his way home.

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Dance Me a Story
Friday, September 7th & 21st @ 11 AM
This program introduces children to literature through movement, music, and imagination. During each session, children will embark on a musical adventure centered around a popular fairy tale (ages 2-6, with a caregiver).

PJ Storytime
Tuesday, September 11th @ 6:30 PM
Children are welcome to wear their pajamas, bring a favorite stuffed buddy and snuggle in! Each storytime will feature a new theme with books read by Ms. Kerry. This month’s theme is Quiet & Loud Stories. PJ Storytime is recommended for children ages 3 to 7 and their parents or caregivers, and runs approximately 30-45 minutes. Registration is not required, so feel free to drop by!

Craft Corner
Wednesday, September 19th @ 4 PM
Join Ms. Lauren for a fun afterschool craft! (grades 3-5) This month we’re making dreamcatchers! Registration is required.

Young Scientist STEM Program
Mondays, Starting September 17th at 10 AM
The Young Scientists STEM series is for children ages 3-5 with a parent/caregiver. Children learn STEM concepts through hands-on activities, engaging stories, challenges, and simple experiments ideal for little hands. The program is free and is funded by the MA Department of Early Education and Care and administered by the YMCA of Central Massachusetts (YFCP). Registration is required and will open on September 1st.  This six week series will meet on the following dates: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, & 10/29.

Book Clubs:
Hooked on Books
Tuesday, September 25th @ 4:30 PM
Are you an intermediate reader who is ready to explore chapter books? Do you like to have fun? Are you “hooked on books?” Then our monthly after-school book club is for you! Each month we will explore a different genre or format.  This month, read Johanna Hurwitz’s Fourth Grade Fuss, then join Ms. Kerry for a book talk, a snack and fun activity. (Recommended for intermediate readers. Because reading ability can vary widely, this program is not age- or grade-specific.) Copies of this month’s selection are available at the Children’s circulation desk.

This month’s genre/format: Realistic Fiction
Fourth grade can be lots of fun, but Julio and his friends know it’s time to get serious when they begin preparing for the big statewide test. They plan to try every trick in the book to make sure they pass: wear their underwear inside out, use brand-new pencils, and even (gulp!) study. But when test day comes, they discover that there are some surprises that you just can’t prepare for!
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, AND WILL OPEN IN EARLY SEPTEMBER.

Panels & Pages: Graphic Novel Book Club
Saturday, September 22nd @ 10 AM
Join our graphic novel book club! This month we’re reading Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova.

After shunning Jaime, the school nerd, on her first day at a new middle school, Penelope Torres tries to blend in with her new friends in the art club, until the art club goes to war with the science club, of which Jaime is a member.

(For Grades 4+. Registration is appreciated.)

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Copies of each month’s book club selections are available at the children’s circulation desk.