Ongoing Story Hours and Playgroups

STORY HOURS AND PLAYGROUPS

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The storytimes and playgroups listed are year-round unless otherwise specified. Please note that the programming and schedules are subject to change. Please check the library websites or call to confirm prior to your visit. Libraries are changing and adding new ongoing programs regularly and may have a different schedule during the summer months. If a library or family center you are interested in visiting is not listed here you may always contact them directly. Find a comprehensive list of local libraries here.

Adams – The Adams Free Library is temporarily without a Children’s Librarian. We will update the community with any new developments!

AgawamAgawam Public Library
413-789-1550. 750 Cooper Street
• Storytime for ages 3 and older Mon 9:30 – 10:30 am
• Toddler time for ages 19-36 months Mon 10:30 – 11:30 am
• Lapsit storytime for ages birth-18 mos Tue 9:30 – 10:30 am
• Storytime for ages 3 and older Tues 10:30 – 11:30 am
• Lapsit storytime for ages birth-18 mos Thurs 9:30 – 10:30 am
• Toddler time for ages 19-36 months Thurs 10:30 – 11:30 am

AlfordAlford Free Library
413-528-4536. 5 Alford Center Road

AmherstJones Library
413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street
• Preschool Story Hour Thurs 10:30 – 11 am
• Teen Lounge Fri 3 – 5 pm

Amherst Amherst Family Center
413-256-1145. 1200 North Pleasant Street
• Playgroup Mon – Fri 9 am – 12 pm (Follows Amherst Regional Schools schedule – check website for special events, closures, etc.)

AmherstNorth Amherst Library
413-259-3099. 8 Montague Road
• Story and Craft Time Wed 4 – 5 pm (check website or call to confirm)

AshfieldBelding Memorial Library
413-628-4414. 344 Main Street
• Saturday Storytime 10:30 am

AtholAthol Public Library
978-249-9515. 568 Main Street
• LEGO Club! Mon 3:30 – 4:30 pm
• Preschool Storytime Wed 10:15 – 11 am
• Knit Wits (ages 8 and up) Wed 3 – 5 pm
• Baby & Toddler Time! Thurs 11 – 11:30 am

BecketBecket Athenaeum
413-623-5483. 3367 Main Street
• Storycraft Wed 10:30 am – 12 pm

BelchertownClapp Memorial Library
413-323-0417. 19 South Main Street
• Babytime, Mondays at 9:15 am. For ages 3 months to 12 months. **Registration is required**
• Firststeps, Mondays at 10 am. For ages 13 months to 24 months
• ToddlerTime, Tuesdays at 9:30 am. For age 2 years.
• PreschoolTime, Thursdays at 9:30 am. For ages 3 – 5 years.

BelchertownBelchertown Family Center
413-835-5201. 720 Franklin Street
• Drop in playgroups for caregivers and children 0-5 years of age. Mon/Tues/Thurs 9:30 am -1 pm; Wed/Fri 9:30 am -12 pm

BernardstonBernardston Cushman Library.
413-648-5402. 28 Church Street
• Story Hour Wednesdays 4-5 pm (during the school year)

Blanford Porter Memorial Library.
413-848-2853. 87 Main Street

BucklandBuckland Public Library.
413-625-9412. 30 Upper Street

CharlemontTyler Memorial Library.
339-4335 ext. 1. 157 Main Street

CheshireCheshire Public Library
413-743-4746. 23 Depot Street
• Storytime Tuesdays 10 am

ChesterHamilton Memorial Library
413-354-7808. 195 Route 20

ChesterfieldChesterfield Public Library
413-296-4735. 408 Main Road

ChicopeeChicopee Public Library
413-594-1800 x107. 449 Front Street

ClarksburgClarksburg Town Library
413-664-6050. 711 West Cross Road

ColrainGriswold Memorial Library.
413-624-3619. 12 Main Street

Conway – Griswold Memorial Library.
413-369-4646. 1 Elm Street

CummingtonCummington Family Center
2 Main Street
• Playgroup Wed/Fri 9:30 – 11:30am. For children aged birth. Held October through May. Summer groups at area parks and private residences are arranged during the summer months.

CummingtonBryant Free Library.
413-634-0109. 455 Berkshire Trail

DaltonDalton Free Public Library.
413-684-6112. 462 Main Street

DeerfieldTilton Library
413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street
• Preschool Storytime Wed 11 am

East LongmeadowEast Longmeadow Public Library.
413-525-5400, ext. 1511. 60 Center Square
• Discover Time for ages 3-6 Mondays 1 pm or Thursdays 10:30 am
• Books and Babies! Mondays at 10:30 am
• Chess Club (K-8) Wednesdays 4 pm
• Shake Rattle and Read! (birth – 18 mos) Fridays 9:45 am (sign-up required)
• Shake Rattle and Read! (18 mos – 2.5 yrs) Fridays 10:45 am (sign-up required)

EasthamptonEmily Williston Memorial Library
413-527-1031. 9 Park St

EasthamptonEasthampton Family Center
• Playgroup Mon/Tues/Fri 9:30 – 11:30 am (follows Easthampton public school calendar)

EgremontEgremont Free Library
413-528-1474. 1 Buttonball Lane

ErvingCommunity Network for Children at Erving Elementary School.
413-423-3326. 28 Northfield Road
• Playgroup Wed 10 – 11:30 am

FloridaFlorida Public Library.
413-664-0153. 56 North County Road

FlorenceLilly Library.
413-587-1500. 19 Meadow Street
• Spin a Yarn Knitting Group Tuesdays 1-3 pm
• Mother Goose on the Loose Tuesdays 10:30 am
• Preschool Storytime Thursdays 10:30 am
• LEGO Club Thursdays 1 pm
• Drop-in Craft Fridays 10 am – 12 pm
• Informal Chess Club Saturdays 1 pm

GillSlate Memorial Library
413-863-2591. 360 Main Road
• Story hour with popcorn and activities Tues 10 am
• Story hour with changing themes and quiet activities Thurs 10 am

GoshenGoshen Free Public Library
413-268-8236, ext.111. 40 Main Street

GranbyGranby Free Public Library.
413-467-3320. 297 East State Street
• Playgroup for ages birth-5 yrs Wed & Fri 10:30 am – 12:30 pm (There will be no playgroup when Granby schools or the library is closed)

GranvilleGranby Free Public Library.
413-357-8531. 2 Granby Road

Great BarringtonMason Library.
413-528-1720. 231 Main Street
• Brain Builders! Play and Learn Playgroup Tuesdays 10:30 am
• Afternoon LEGOs Fridays 4 – 5 pm

GreenfieldGreenfield Public Library
413-772-1544. 402 Main Street
Greenfield Chess Club Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:45 pm
• Mother Goose on the Loose! Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 am

GreenfieldCommunity Action! Family Center.
413-475-1555. 154 Federal Street
• Stand Up! Weekly social space & support group for youth of color ages 14-21 Mon 3-6 pm
• Play and Learn infant & toddler group Tues 10 am – 12 pm
• Bilingual Play Thurs 10-11:30 am

HadleyGoodwin Memorial Library
413-584-7451. 50 Middle Street

HadleyWhole Children
413-585-8010. 41 Russell Street
• Drop-in playgroup for ages birth – 5 Fri 9:30-11:30 am (follows public school calendar)

HampdenHampden Free Public Library
413-224-1596. 625 Main Street

HancockTaylor Memorial Library
413-738-5326. 733 Main Street

HardwickPaige Memorial Library
413-477-6704. 87 Petersham Road

HatfieldHatfield Public Library
413-247-9097. 39 Main Street
• Storytime and Craft Thursdays 11 am
Kids Book Club. 1st Friday every month.

HatfieldHatfield Playgroup at First Congregational Church of Hatfield
413-588-5568. 41 Main Street (enter through side door)
• Playgroup for children 0-5 and their caregivers Tues 9:30 – 11 am (closed when Hatfield elementary is closed)

HeathHatfield Public Library
413-337-4934 ext 7. 1 East Main Street

HinsdaleHinsdale Public Library
413-655-2303. 58 Maple Street

HolyokeHolyoke Public Library
413-420-8105. 250 Chestnut Street

HousatonicRamsdell Library.
413-274-3738. 1087 Main Street
• Time for Tots Fri 10:30 – 11:30 am

HuntingtonHuntington Public Library
413-667-3506. 7 East Main Street

HuntingtonHilltown Family Center
413-667-2203. 9 Russell Road
• School Readiness Program for parents with children aged 3 – 5 Tues 9:30 – 11:30 am (Registration required)
• Grandparent/Kinship Care Chat Group 10:15 – 11:45 am 4th Wed of the month (for people who are raising the children of others. Free and open to the public. Child care provided)
• Baby Steps playgroup for infants Thurs 10:30 – 11:30 am

Indian OrchardSpringfield City Library Indian Orchard Branch Library
413-263-6846. 44 Oak Street

LanesboroughLanesborough Public Library
413-442-0222. 83 North Main Street
• Storytime Tues 10:15 am

LeeLee Library
413-243-0385. 100 Main Street
• Toby (reading dog) on Tuesdays 4 pm
• Preschool Storytime Thursdays 10:30 – 11 am
• STEM! Every first Thursday of the month 10:30 – 11:30 am

LenoxLenox Library.
413-637-0197. 18 Main Street
• Story craft Thurs 10:30-11:15 am

LeverettLeverett Library
413-548-9220. 75 Montague Road
• Tales and Tunes Wed 10:30 am – 12 pm

LeydenRobertson Memorial Library
413-773-9334. 849 Greenfield Road

LongmeadowRichard Salter Storrs Library
413-565-4181. 693 Longmeadow Street
• Playgroup (3 and under) Mon 10:30 am
• Welcome Baby (first babies age 0-15 mos) Fri 12:30 pm

LudlowHubbard Memorial Library
413-583-3408. 24 Center Street
• Sing With Me! Music Program for Preschoolers Tues 10:30 – 11 am

MiddlefieldMiddlefield Public Library
413-623-6421. 188 Skyline Trail

Millers FallsMillers Falls Library
413-659-3801. 23 Bridge Street
• Music and Movement for Young Children Thurs 10 am (Sept-Dec)

MonroeMonroe Public Library
413-424-5272. 3B School Street

MonsonMonson Free Library and Reading Room Association
413-267-3866. 2 High Street
• Storytime Wednesdays 10:30 am
• Bounce and Rhyme Baby Time Fridays 10:30 am

MontagueMontague Center Library
413-367-2852. 17 Center Street
• Music and Movement for Young Children Thurs 10 am (Mar-Jun)

MontereyMonterey Library
413-528-3795. 452 Main Road

MontgomeryGrace Hall Memorial Library
413-862-3894. 161 Main Road
Mount WashingtonMount Washington Library
413-528-2839. 118 East Street

New MarlboroughNew Marlborough Town Library
413-229-6668. 1 Mill River Gt Barrington Rd
• Story Hour Wed 10-11:30am

New SalemCommunity Network for Children at Swift River School
978-554-5157. 201 Wendell Road
• Playgroup Tues 8:45 – 10:15 am

North AdamsNorth Adams Public Library
413-662-3133. 74 Church Street
• Toddler Storytime Tuesdays 10:30 am
• Preschool Story and Craft Time Wednesdays 10:30 am

NorthamptonForbes Library
413-587-1011. 20 West Street
• Baby Storytime, Monday at 11 am
• Toddler Time, Wednesdays at 11 am and Fridays at 11 am

NorthamptonNorthampton Parents Center
413-582-2636. 297 Main Street, Lower Level
• Playgroup for children aged birth – Kindergarten Mon – Thurs 9:30-11:30 am (mid-September to late May. Follows the Northampton Public School calendar for vacations and holidays. Music class on Thurs 11-11:30 am)

NorthfieldDickinson Memorial Library
413-498-2455. 115 Main Street
• Story Hour for infants and toddlers and care-givers. Music, movement, stories, snacks, and crafts. With Dana Lee.Wednesday, 11-12. 413-498-2455.

NorthfieldNorthfield Mountain Recreation & Environmental Center
800-859-2960. 99 Millers Falls Road

OrangeWheeler Memorial Library
978-544-2495. 49 East Main Street
• Baby and Me, Monday from 10:30 am – 11:30 am, for babies and toddlers up to 36 months. Includes music, movement, a group board book reading, and 45 minutes free play.
• Rise and Romp, Tuesdays from 10:30 am – 11:15 am. For toddlers and preschoolers ages 2-5. Includes picture books, music, movement, and an easy craft

OtisOtis Library and Museum
413-269-0109. 48 Main Street

PalmerPalmer Public Library
413-283-3330. 1455 North Main Street

PelhamPelham Library
413-253-0657. 2 South Valley Road
• Early Childhood Playgroup Mon 9:30 am
• Music for Little Ones Mondays 10:30 am
• Preschool Story Hour Fridays 10:30 am

PeruPeru Library
413-655-8650. 6 West Main Road

PittsfieldBerkshire Athenaeum
413-499-9480 x5. 1 Wendell Ave

PlainfieldShaw Memorial Library
413-634-5406. 312 Main Street

RichmondRichmond Free Public Library
(413) 698-3834. 2821 State Road

RoweRowe Town Library
413-339-4761. 318 Zoar Road

RussellRussell Public Library
413-862-6221. 162 Main Street

SandisfieldSandisfield Free Public Library
413-258-4966. 23 Sandisfield Road

SavoySavoy Hollow Library
413-743-3759. 720 Main Road

SheffieldBushnell-Sage Library
413-229-7004. 48 Main Street
• LEGO Club Tuesdays 3 – 4 pm
• Preschool Story Hour Wednesdays 10:30 am
• Art for All Thursdays 10 – 11 am

Shelburne FallsArms Library
413-625-0306. Main Street & Bridge Street
• Preschool Story Hour Wed 10:30 am

ShelburneShelburne Free Public Library
413-625-0307. 233 Shelburne Center Road

ShutesburyM.N. Spear Memorial Library
413-259-1213. 10 Cooleyville Road
• Tales and Tunes Mon 9:30 – 11 am
• Playgroup Fri 9 – 10:30 am

South DeerfieldTilton Library
413-665-4683. 75 North Main Street
• Preschool Storytime Wednesdays 11 am

South HadleyGaylord Memorial Library
413-538-5047. 47 College Street
• Tech Free Family Time Thurs 4 – 8 pm
• Family Frolic Storytime Fri 10:30 am
• Teatime Fri 3 pm
• Knitting & Crochet Group Fri 3:30 pm

South HadleySouth Hadley Public Library

413-538-5045. 2 Canal Street, South Hadley, MA 01075
• Toddler Time – Stories & Crafts – Mondays 1:30 pm & Thursdays 10:30 am
• Rhyme Time – Interactive song time for infants to toddlers and their grownups – Tuesdays 10:30 am

South HadleySouth Hadley Family Center
413-533-7096. 7 Woodbridge Street (lower level All Saints’ Episcopal Church)
• Playgroup Mon-Fri 9:30 – 11:30 am (follows the South Hadley Public School calendar)

SouthamptonEdwards Library
413-527-9480. 30 East Street
• Storyhour and Playtime, starts on Sept 20 and continues on Wednesdays at 10:30 am

SouthwickSouthwick Public Library
413-569-1221. 95 Feeding Hills Road

SpringfieldSpringfield City Library
413-263-6853. 765 State Street

SpringfieldSpringfield City Library: Brightwood Branch Library
413-263-6805 ext. 359. 359 Plainfield Street

SpringfieldSpringfield City Library: East Forest Park Branch Library
413-263-6836. 122/124 Island Pond Road

SpringfieldSpringfield City Library: East Springfield Branch
413-263-6840. 21 Osborne Terrace

SpringfieldSpringfield City Library: Forest Park Branch
413-263-6843. 380 Belmont Avenue

SpringfieldSpringfield City Library: Library Express at Pine Point Branch
413-263-6855. 204 Boston Road

SpringfieldSpringfield City Library: Mason Square Branch
413-263-6853. 65 State Street

SpringfieldSpringfield City Library: Sixteen Acres Branch Library
413-263-6858. 187 Parker Street

SpringfieldSquareone Family Center
413-858-3132. 1095 Main Street, 2nd Fl
• Story and craft first and third Wed of the month 10:30 – 11:30 am, open to  children birth to 6 years old and their parents.
• Playgroup second and fourth Wed of the month 10:30 – 11:30 am, featuring structured activities focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. A snack is provided to all children who attend. All ages welcome to join and it’s free to the community.

StockbridgeStockbridge Library
413-298-5501. 46 Main Street
• Little Library Time Wednesdays 10 am, for children aged 0-36 months. Big books bounces, and songs are followed by an open play time

SunderlandSunderland Public Library
413- 665-2642. 20 School Street
• Story/Crafts for Children aged 3-6 Fri 11 am

Sunderland – Frontier Regional Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program at Sunderland Elementary School
413-665-1151. 1 Swampfield Drive
• Drop-in playgroup for children 0-5 and their caregivers Tues & Fri 9:30 – 11:30 am (Through June 9)

Turners FallsCarnegie Public Library
413-863-3214. 201 Avenue “A”
• Playgroup Tuesdays 10 – 11 am
• Craft Time Tuesdays 3:30 – 4:45 pm
• Storytime Wednesdays 10:15 am
• Homeschool Science Wednesdays 1:15 pm
• Music and Movement for Young Children Thursdays 10 am (January – February)

WareYoung Men’s Library Association
• Storytime Ages 2-5 Tuesdays 10:30 am
• Crafty Saturday! Every Saturday morning there will be a drop-in craft in the Children’s Room

WendellWendell Free Library
978-544-3559. 7 Wendell Depot Road
• Playgroup Wed 10 – 11:30 am

WesthamptonWesthampton Public Library.
413-527-5386. 1 North Road.
• Visit their Facebook page for updates

West SpringfieldWest Springfield Public Library
413-736-4561. 511 Main Street
• Preschool Storytime Tuesdays 10 am
• Drop in Craft Wednesdays 10 am

WhatelyS. White Dickinson Memorial Library
413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road

WilliamsburgMeekins Library.
413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street
• Storytime with Rochelle Wednesdays 10:30 am

WorthingtonWorthington Library
413-238-5565. 1 Huntington Road

19 Comments

  1. drellabuck said,

    September 13, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    LEGOs and More at the Monson Free Library, 2 High St. Monson – the 2nd Thurs/mo 4:30-5:30. All ages STEM fun with LEGOs, games, Snap Circuits and puzzles; train tracks and Duplos for the little ones. Drop-in, no registration required. Contact Sandy Courtney, Youth Services, MFL at 267-3866 or scourtney@cwmars.org

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  2. September 12, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Turners Falls – Carnegie Public Library
    413-863-3214. 201 Avenue “A”
    • Storytime Wednesdays 10:15 am with Karen Wartel
    • Homeschool Science Wednesdays 1:15 pm. Resumes Oct 18

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  3. September 12, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Montague – Millers Falls Library
    413-659-3801. 23 Bridge Street
    • Music and Movement for Young Children Thurs 10 am (Sept-Dec)

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  4. Johanna said,

    September 12, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Southampton’s Edwards Public Library Story Hour and Playtime returns for the 2017-2018 school year on September 20, 2017. We will continue to meet on Wednesdays at 10:30am with storyteller extraordinaire, Ms. Lynne Guyette! Join us.

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  5. Jenney Maloy said,

    September 12, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Hi! Story time days have changed at the Stockbridge Library. We no longer offer a story time on Friday mornings. Instead we now offer “Littles Library Time” every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. for children ages 0-36 months. Big books, bounces and songs are followed by an open play time! For more info visit: stockbridgelibrary.org

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  6. SARAH JOHNSON said,

    September 12, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Updated dates and times for recurring children’s events at the Forbes Library at 20 West St. in Northampton:

    Baby Storytime
    Mondays at 11:00

    Toddler Time
    Wednesdays at 11:00
    and
    Fridays at 11:00

    Feel free to contact us at 413-587-1010 with any questions!

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  7. September 11, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Orange – Wheeler Memorial Library
    49 East Main Street. 413-544-2495

    -Baby and Me. Mondays 10:30 – 11:30 am. For babies and toddlers up to 36 months old. Includes music, movement, a group board book reading, and 45 minutes of free play.
    -Rise and Romp. Tuesdays 10:30 – 11:15 am. For toddlers and preschoolers ages 2 to 5 years old. Includes picture books, music, movement and an easy craft.

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  8. September 11, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Belchertown – Clapp Memorial Library- registration is required for story times
    Monday 9:15 am Babytime ages 3 months to 12 months
    Monday 10:00 am Firststeps ages 13 months to 24 months
    Tuesday 9:30 am ToddlerTime age 2 years
    Thursday 9:30 am Preschool age 3 to 5 years

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  9. Meg Clancy said,

    September 11, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Please add the following for: South Hadley Public Library
    2 Canal Street, South Hadley, MA 01075
    413-538-5045

    Mondays 1:30PM and Thursdays 10:30AM
    Toddler Time – Stories and Craft

    Tuesdays 10:30AM
    Rhyme Time – Interactive song time for infants to toddlers and their grownups

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  10. September 5, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Playgroup and Storytime at the Hatfield Library

    Thursdays 10:15-11:45 a.m.
    For children 0-5 and their caregivers. Includes activities, snacks, and storytime.

    For more information email kids.hatfieldlibrary@gmail.com or call the Collaborative at 413-588-5568.

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  11. June 9, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Leverett Tales & Tunes

    Wednesdays, July 5th – August 30th, at the Leverett Library from 10:30-Noon. Most appropriate for children 5yrs and younger. Funded through the summer in collaboration with the Friends of the Leverett Library.

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  12. June 9, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Wendell playgroup

    Wednesdays, July 5th – August 30th, at the Wendell Free Library from 10:00-11:30am. Most appropriate for children 5yrs and younger. Funded through the summer in collaboration with the Friends of the Wendell Free Library.

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  13. June 9, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Shutesbury Tales & Tunes

    Mondays, July 10th – August 28th, at the M.N. Spears Memorial Library in Shutesbury, from 9:30-11:00am. Most appropriate for children 5yrs and younger. Funded through the summer in collaboration with the Friends of the M.N. Spear Memorial Library.

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  14. May 31, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    *SUMMER PLAYGROUP* Free Tuesday morning drop-in playgroup at The Bridge Family Resource Center, located at 101 University Drive Amherst, MA. June 13th-August 22nd from 9:30-11AM. Come Read, Talk, and Play with children ages 0-5 and staff from The Baby and Me: Learning Together program. Light snack provided.

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  15. Priscilla Miller said,

    February 9, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Chesterfield Playgroup – Every Friday (not during school vacations) at 10:00 a.m. at the Chesterfield Community Center.

    Goshen Playgroup – Every Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Goshen Town Hall.

    Southampton Playgroup – Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Edwards Library in Southampton.

    Westhampton Playgroup – Every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Westhampton Public Library

    Williamsburg – Every Friday morning at 10a.m. at the Anne T. Dunphy School Gym.

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  16. matwooddml said,

    January 11, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Northfield — Dickinson Memorial Library — every Wednesday, 11-12, free Story Hour for infants and toddlers and care-givers. Music, movement, stories, snacks, and crafts. With Dana Lee. 413-498-2455. 115 Main Street. Northfield, MA. (FREE)

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  17. November 21, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    ADDITIONAL ONGOING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

    EVERY TUESDAY

    3pm-5:30pm – MAKER SPACE: Every Wednesday, Amherst Media hosts a drop-in group for makers of all ages and experience levels. Whether you’re working on computer programming, tech projects, knitting, other projects, or are just curious, stop by and check it out! 413-259-3300. 246 College Street. Amherst, MA.

    4:30pm – YO-YO: Not many toys can boast over 2,500 years of use worldwide, but the yo-yo has enjoyed consistent use in hundreds of cultures for nearly three millennia. The popular Northampton education-based store A to Z hosts Yo-Yo School three times a week inside their store, and their teachers are true masters. Open to all ages, although older elementary children often have the motor skills and coordination needed for it to be a bit easier to learn. Read more about Yo-Yo school on Hilltown Families. Call 413-586-1611. 57 King St., Northampton, MA. (FREE)

    EVERY WEDNESDAY

    6pm-8pm — CRAFTING: Sheep & Shawl yarn and fiber arts shop in South Deerfield offers Knit/Crochet/Spin Circles every Wednesday night. 413-397-3680. 265 Greenfield Rd., South Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

    EVERY THURSDAY

    8am-9am – MINDFULNESS/MEDITATION: All are invited to participate in a secular meditation practice, every week on Thursday mornings at Tsegyalgar. Participating with a group in a guided practice can help you get started incorporating meditation into your routine. Cushions are provided. 413-369-4153. 18 Schoolhouse Road. Conway, MA. (FREE)

    12pm-2pm – WRITING: Any writer looking for a place to work is welcome to use The LeVanway Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library Monday through Friday. Bring a lunch for this self-directed writing time with support from local writers. 413-772-1544. 402 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

    4:30pm – YO-YO: Not many toys can boast over 2,500 years of use worldwide, but the yo-yo has enjoyed consistent use in hundreds of cultures for nearly three millenia. The popular Northampton education-based store A to Z hosts Yo-Yo School three times a week inside their store, and their teachers are true masters. Open to all ages, although older elementary children often have the motor skills and coordination needed for it to be a bit easier to learn. Read more about Yo-Yo school on Hilltown Families. Call 413-586-1611. 57 King St., Northampton, MA. (FREE)

    EVERY FRIDAY

    4-8pm — ART/ART STUDIES: Experience hands-on art-making for all ages as part of Free Second Fridays at the Smith College Museum of Art. Come with Open Eyes and join a guided gallery conversation exploring a different art object each month. Light refreshments. 413-585-2760. 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace, Northampton, MA. (FREE)

    5:30pm-8pm – GAMES: Game night happens at A2Z Science and Learning Store. Stop by on a Friday night to meet up with others and try out new games. Suitable for older children and teens. Ongoing. 413-586-1611. 57 King Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

    EVERY SATURDAY

    8:30am-4pm – PLANT STUDIES: Warm up at the Smith College’s Lyman Conservatory & Plant House! Not only is it a dry/warm destination on a wet/cold day, but there are loads of learning opportunities awaiting you! They offer an audio tour for both kids and adults, and a “Woods of the World” display that features panels of wood from over 170 trees from all around the world! With ten different indoor exhibits to explore, the learning possibilities offered by the conservatory are endless. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane on the Smith College campus. Northampton, MA (FREE/Donations)

    9am-1pm – FARMERS’ MARKET Every Saturday from June 11th through October 22nd, the North Adams Farmers’ Market features local farmers, food producers, craft vendors, and musicians. Intersection of St. Anthony Drive Route 8 Marshall Street. <b.North Adams, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

    10am – 5pm – STEM: The Berkshire Museum’s Spark!Lab is open for drop in play. In Spark!Lab, everyone is an inventor! Spark!Lab is a hands-on, creative laboratory that engages children and families in the process of innovation: try the variety of activities, from creating a wheeled vehicle to experimenting with percussion to assembling safe electrical circuits. Visitors of all ages can work together to combine skills and ideas to create inventions with real-world applications. 413-443-7171. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield, MA. (FREE with museum admission)

    5-8:00pm – ARTS & COMMUNITY: Every second Saturday of the month, head to Art Walk Easthampton, a monthly showcase of galleries, artists, restaurants, shops and small businesses in the heart of the Pioneer Valley. Downtown Easthampton. Ample free parking is available at the Municipal Building Parking Lot at 50 Payson Ave. There is also a parking lot centrally located on Cottage St. 413-529-1425.Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

    EVERY SUNDAY

    Every Sunday from 8:30am-4pm – PLANT STUDIES: Warm up at the Smith College’s Lyman Conservatory & Plant House! Not only is it a dry/warm destination on a wet/cold day, but there are loads of learning opportunities awaiting you! They offer an audio tour for both kids and adults, and a “Woods of the World” display that features panels of wood from over 170 trees from all around the world! With ten different indoor exhibits to explore, the learning possibilities offered by the conservatory are endless. 413-585-2740. 16 College Lane on the Smith College campus. Northampton, MA (FREE/Donations)

    Every Sunday from 2-4pm through mid-October
    LOCAL HISTORY
    Video games? Television? View-Masters? No. Not yet. Take a step back in time to the late 1800s at the Westhampton Museum & Blacksmith Shop to see some really basic entertainment. Stereoscope viewers were all the rage and those fortunate enough to own them planned parties around showing their newly arrived images. The ruins of Athens and Scottish castles were very popular themes, but local images such as those taken of the aftermath of the 1874 Mill River Flood also quickly made their way to the western Mass. marketplace. After a few weeks, friends, cousins and neighbors would swap collections for some variety. Come to the museum and see what you can see through their stereoscope viewer! 413-527-3209. 5 Stage Rd. Westhampton, MA (FREE)

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  18. November 21, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Pittsfield CFCE.
    413-441-0974. 517 West Street.
    Pittsfield, MA.

    Family Center of Northern Berkshire County.
    413-664-4821. 210 State Street.
    North Adams, MA. (FREE)

    Community Health Programs.
    Berkshire County

    Williamstown Youth Center.
    413-458-5925. 66 School Street.
    Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

    Williamsburg Senior Center.
    413-563-1981.
    141 Main Street. Haydenville, MA. (FREE)

    The Bridge Family Resource Center.
    413-549-0297.
    101 University Drive Suite A3, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

    Community Action Family Center.
    413-475-1555. 90 Federal Street.
    Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

    Berkshire South Regional Community Center.
    413-528-2810. 15 Crissey Road.
    Great Barrington, MA. (FREE)

    Community Network for Children.

    United Arc.
    413-563-1981. 90 Federal Street.
    Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

    MotherWoman.

    Salasin Center.
    413-775-0010. 474 Main Street.
    Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

    Makers’ Mill.
    413-749-2073. 73 Main Street.
    North Adams, MA.(FREE)

    Whole Children.
    413-585-8010. 41 Russell Street.
    Hadley, MA. (FREE)

    HRDCFCEG.

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  19. Mandy Gerry said,

    September 6, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Free Friday morning drop-in playgroup at Whole Children in Hadley. Hours are 9:30-11:30, we welcome children ages birth to 5 and their caregivers. Lots of free play, snack and circle time. We follow the public school schedule for school closings and vacations. Contact Mandy Gerry at 587-1471 or email @ mgerry@northampton-k12.us

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