For Children

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 show that cognitive abilities of young children raised in an environment rich in sensory experiences are significantly enhanced — and show a positive correlation with future academic achievement.

The Clapp Memorial Library has the programs and resources to help you create such a learning environment in your home.  And while your child explores the riches of the Library, you can find information about all areas of parenting and teaching in our Parent/Teacher Collection.  Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are always here to offer assistance.  You and your child can choose from among thousands of:

Books Videos & DVDs Music CDs Audiotapes Magazines Theme Kits

We also offer a variety of regularly scheduled Children’s Programs, and popular special programs and work shops featuring talented performers and knowledgeable guest speakers — including morning and evening music programs for young children, parent workshops, programs for child care providers, and infant massage classes.

Story Hours

Babytime
First Steps
Toddler Time
Preschool

Our storytimes feature age-appropriate stories, songs, finger plays and art activities. Registration is required. Participation is determined by lottery.
Click here to find out more about each of our storytime programs.

TumbleBooks

Animated, talking
picture books
for children!

TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books which have been licensed from children’s book publishers and converted to the TumbleBook format.
Click here to see what’s available!

Paws to Read

“Paws to Read” pairs dogs and bunnies with young readers who gain reading confidence in a relaxed, stress-free environment.
Children involved in PAWS programs nationwide have shown improvement in reading skills, and willingness to become involved in other positive activities. Find out more here!

Book Flix

BookFlix pairs classic fictional video storybooks with nonfiction eBooks to reinforce reading skills!
A new interactive literacy resource that builds a love of reading and learning – online! BookFlix is accessible to every child – early readers, reluctant readers, and English Language Learners. Find out more here!