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                                    Every Hero Has a Story Kick Off Day! 



                          Every hero has A Story Schedule of Events



 Every Hero Has A Story ~ 2015 Summer Reading Program                 Grand Finale!               



Teen Summer Reading Program       


                 Marvel Movie Nights (for Teens!)                   2015 Summer Schedule Of Teen Events     


                     Young Adult Short Story Contest


Check out our new Clapp Library Teen Facebook Page!                             Teen Advisory Board

Teen Advisory Board ~ September 26th


Our Teen Advisory Board is hosting:March Madness (Grades 9th through 12th)





  The TumbleBookLibrary is a collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books). TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books which have been licensed from children's book publishers and converted to the TumbleBook format. 



Collection of online streaming audio books!



The engaging way to link fact and fiction!


       For Remote Access: CLICK HERE!  (You must have a Clapp Memorial Library card to access remotely)



On-line Registration a short tutorial      (Internet access is available @ the Library!)





  Calendar of Events  






Paws to Read        


Massachusetts Children’s Book Award 2011


Massachusetts Teen Choice Book Award



Sign up for Blue Star Equiculture's email list  


Blue Star Equiculture pictures of "Read to Feed Horses in Need" 


Summer Reading in the Twilight Zone



The Clapp Memorial Library believes that the Early Years are the Learning Years.   

 The first five years of a child's life are the most crucial for cognitive development.  Scientific studies have shown that the cognitive abilities of young children raised in an environment rich in sensory experiences are significantly enhanced showing a positive correlation with future academic achievement.

     The Clapp Memorial Library has just the right programs and resources needed to help you create such a learning environment in your home.  While your child explores the riches of the Library you can find help and suggestions for all areas of parenting and teaching in our Parent/Teacher Collection.  We have a friendly and knowledgeable staff who are always thereto offer courteous, congenial assistance.  You and your child can choose from among thousands of:

Books        Videos        DVD's        Music CD's        CD ROMS

Audiotapes        Magazines          Theme Kits        Internet Access

     In addition, the Clapp Memorial Library offers a variety of regularly scheduled Children's Programs as well as a number of popular special programs and work shops featuring talented performers and knowledgeable guest speakers.  Among such programs are morning and evening music programs for young children, parent work shops, programs for child care providers, and infant massage classes.  Visit the Library and read The Sentinel often to see what's being offered. 

Programs for Preschoolers

Storytime Registration                 

 Our storytimes feature age-appropriate stories, songs, finger plays and art activities. 

Registration is required.  Participation is determined by lottery.  Please check with the

 Library often to see when registration for the next Storytimes sessions are being held.

Baby time            3 -12 mos.          Monday           9:15am

Firststeps           12-24 mos.          Monday          10.00am

Toddler Time       2 years               Tuesday           9:30am

Thursday Preschool   3-5  years      Thursday           9:30am (During the Summer, the ages are 3 - 4 ~ look for a special program for 5 year olds)

Storytimes Registration Guidelines

 Book Groups:  The following is an example of our various book groups for children ~ days/times/ages are all subject to change ~ please contact Jennifer Whitehead to find out what groups are happening this fall (413-323-0417).

Click here to see the various groups.

  Reading Tips

Equation for Success and Happiness

    1 book + 1 Listening Child + 1 Reading Adult =

  a  Lifetime of Knowledge


Read daily, any where, anytime.  It will quickly become a habit.

Have books in the living room, bedroom, bathroom, playroom, car, diaper bag..............

Choose books that interest you and your child.  Be enthusiastic!  Change your voice, act silly or sad, have fun!

Ask you child open-ended questions and encourage discussion.

Take a break if your child gets restless or read aloud as your child plays.

Keep reading aloud even after your child learns to read.


Children learn to speak by being spoken to,

children learn to read by being read to. 

Have you read to your child today?


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updated 10/05/15