"a universe of stories" over a photo of a cluster of stars

Come join the fun at the Clapp Memorial Library in Belchertown.  Our Storytimes are full of age-appropriate stories told through the reading of books, flannel board and story props, puppets and acting.  We sing songs, play instruments and end the fun with crafts. Registration is required – visit https://clapplibrary.beanstack.org or download the Beanstack mobile app to your phone. Parents can create a single account and add their entire family as “readers” to manage all their registrations from the same place, with programs visible by reader age. Register now!  Participation for Storytimes is determined by lottery.

Summer Reading – A Universe of Stories
We offer summer reading programs for children every year, starting in July and running for 6 weeks into August.  The Kids’ Summer Reading Program is for children up to 12 years old.  Registration is required, all welcome.

One Small Step (3 – 12 months)
9:15 AM, Mondays,
July 8 – August 12
One Small Step is our Summer Reading Babytime for ages 3 – 12 months and begins @ 9:15 AM. Registration is required, you do not need to enter a book review. Our storytimes feature age-appropriate stories, songs, finger plays and art activities.  Participation is determined by lottery, just sign up for the Program and Jennifer Whitehead, Children’s Librarian, will be in touch!

Curiosity Rovers (12-24 months)
10:00 AM, Mondays
, July 8 – August 12
Curiosity Rovers is for ages 12-24 months and beings @ 10:00 AM.  Registration is required, you do not need to enter a book review.  Our storytimes feature age-appropriate stories, songs, finger plays and art activities.  Participation is determined by lottery, just sign up for the Program and Jennifer Whitehead, Children’s Librarian, will be in touch!

Yip Yip Martians (ages 2-3)
9:30 am, Tuesdays,
July 9 – August 13
Yip Yip Martians is for children ages 2 to 3 years and begins @ 9:30 AM. Registration is required, you do not need to enter a book review. Our storytimes feature age-appropriate stories, songs, finger plays and art activities.  Participation is determined by lottery, just sign up for the Program and Jennifer Whitehead, Children’s Librarian, will be in touch!

Getting Ready for Kindergarten
9:30 am, Wednesdays,
July 10 – August 14
Children who will start Kindergarten in the fall will attend this storytime program on their own. The program starts at 9:30, registration is required, you do not need to enter a book review.  We will read stories, sing songs and talk about what school will be like and the different feelings they may have while practicing skills such as listening, taking turns, cooperating, using scissors and rhyming.  Participation is determined by lottery, just sign up for the Program and Jennifer Whitehead, Children’s Librarian, will be in touch!

Awesome Astronauts (ages 4-7)
9:30 am, Thursdays,
July 11 – August 15
Awesome Astronauts—STEAM program called Mother Goose Asks “Why?” We will link children’s literature to science by using picture books and a family activity guide filled with projects that make learning about science fun and interactive.  The program starts at 9:30, registration is required, you do not need to enter a book review.  Participation is determined by lottery, just sign up for the Program and Jennifer Whitehead, Children’s Librarian, will be in touch!

Music with Pop (infants – age 6)
10:00 am, Fridays

Music in the morning!  Sign-up online and join us for Music with Pop Hooten.  Spaces will be filled first by children who reside within Belchertown.  Participation is determined by lottery, just sign up for the Program and Jennifer Whitehead, Children’s Librarian, will be in touch!  Funded by the Friends of the Clapp Memorial Library.