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.

Monday Babytime (3 – 12 months)
9:15 AM, Mondays,
September 16 – November 18th, no program on 10/14 or 11/11.
Babytime is 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!  When the Belchertown Public Schools have a delay or closure due to the weather, story times are canceled.

Monday Firststeps (12-24 months)
10:00 AM, Mondays
, September 16 – November 18th, no program on 10/14 or 11/11.
Firststeps is for ages 3 – 12 months and begins @ 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!  When the Belchertown Public Schools have a delay or closure due to the weather, story times are canceled.

Tuesday Toddler (2 year olds)
9:30 am, Tuesdays,
September 17th – November 19th, no program on 10/15.
Toddlertime is for 2 year olds 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!  When the Belchertown Public Schools have a delay or closure due to the weather, story times are canceled.

Thursday Preschool (3-5 year olds)
9:30 am, Thursdays,
September 19th – November 21st, no program on 10/17.
Preschool Storytime is for 3-4 year olds 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!  When the Belchertown Public Schools have a delay or closure due to the weather, story times are canceled.

Music with Pop (infants – age 7)
10:30AM, Wednesdays,
10/9, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12,11, and 12/18
Music in the morning!  Sign-up online and join us for Music with Pop Hooten.  Families are invited to a series of fun sing-alongs at the Library.  Music helps develop language, literacy and communications skills.  Music also helps develop cognitive skills and enchances individual development (and is fun!).  Spaces will be filled first by children who reside within Belchertown.  Registration is required and will remain open until program is filled, 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.

Summer Reading
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.