One of the things I am constantly on the look out for is where to find a great story time in Western MA. Often times, I use our community calendar to see which library’s have story time on any given day, but I thought it would be fun to add a blog post about it too.

If you are looking to attend a story time in Western MA with your child, this list is for you! We here at A Cookie Before Dinner cover Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden county. If you’re looking for story time in the Berskhires, check out Berkshire Family Focus for more info!

Story Time In Western MA

One thing to note is that story times often change and might be cancelled do to inclement weather.  This list about story time in Western MA is ever changing. Click through the link to the library to double check! It’s best to follow up with the library, to make sure it is still happening!


Story Time In Western Ma. This list is full of story times in Western MA including story time in Springfield MA, story time in Northampton MA and story time in Greenfield MA.

Story Time in Western MA: Monday

9:30 am: Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper Street, Agawam, MA

  • Ages 3+  Enjoy stories, songs, activities and playtime. Drop in, no registration required.

10:30 am: Lilly Library, Florence, 19 Meadow Street, Florence, MA

  • Mother Goose On The Loose, ages birth – 5
  • Registration required, either in person or by phone. Call  (413) 587-1500.
  • To confirm schedule in the event of weather, call 413-587-1500 ext. 2 or ext. 7

10:30 am : Forbes Library, Northampton, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA

  • Story time with Ellie

10:30 am: East Longmeadow Public Library, 60 Center Square, East Longmeadow, MA

  • Drop in with your children (birth to age 2) for stories, playtime, and parenting tips!

10:30 am: Agawam Public Library 750 Cooper Street, Agawam, MA

  • Ages 19 – 36 months
  •  Enjoy stories, songs, activities and playtime. Drop in, no registration required.

11:00 am : Forbes Library, Northampton, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA

  • Ages 0-18 Months

1:00 pm : East Longmeadow Public Library, 60 Center Square, East Longmeadow, MA

  • Discover stories & more.
  • Enjoy stories, songs, and STEAM-related crafts based on a weekly theme. Caregivers have the option of joining in the fun! Prior registration required.

Story Time in Western MA: Tuesday

9:30 am: Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper Street, Agawam, MA

  • Ages birth- 18 months
  •  Enjoy stories, songs, activities and playtime. Drop in, no registration required.

10:00 am: Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA

  • Join the happy circle with Kay Lyons at a lap-sit story hour for children age 3 and under (with a grown-up!).  Children’s Librarian Kay Lyons reads books, leads the group in hand rhymes, and uses puppets to teach animal sounds and other concepts to the very young.  Children and grown-ups shake rattles, tap rhythm sticks, wave colored scarves, ring bells, and do knee bounces to simple sing-along tunes that everyone learns together.
  • Go on the loose with Mother Goose!  It’s so much fun!  Each session is 45 minutes, 30 minutes of structured activity and 15 minutes of visiting time.  No sign-up is required and the program is free of charge, thanks to the Friends of the GPL.

10:30 am: Lilly Library, Florence, 19 Meadow Street, Florence, MA

  • Preschool Story Time ages 3 – 5
  • Registration required, either in person or by phone. Call  (413) 587-1500.
  • To confirm schedule in the event of weather, call 413-587-1500 ext. 2 or ext. 7

10:30 am: Chicopee Public Library 449 Front Street, Chicopee, MA

  • Preschool Story Time focuses on children ages 2 ½ to 5 years of age. We promote and nourish a lifelong interest and love of stories through books, finger plays, and songs. The program also includes a simple craft for the children to enjoy.

10:30 am: East Longmeadow Public Library, 60 Center Square, East Longmeadow, MA

  • Little ones will enjoy stories and songs based on weekly themes at Tike Time.  Prior Registration Required.

2:00 pm: Jones Library Amherst, 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA

  • Join us for stories, rhymes, and activities followed by a simple craft. This afternoon storytime welcomes kids of all ages and is especially designed for our friends who attend morning school or care programs.

4:30 pm: Lilly Library, Florence, 19 Meadow Street, Florence, MA

  • I Can Read Book Club for K & 1st graders
  • Registration required, either in person or by phone. Call  (413) 587-1500.
  • To confirm schedule in the event of weather, call 413-587-1500 ext. 2 or ext. 7

Story Time in Western MA: Wednesday

10:00 am Storrs Library, Longmeadow 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA

  •  Parent & Tot ages 2 and 3
  • This Early Literacy Class features age-appropriate educational & seasonal themes.  Children attend the program with a parent or caregiver to read stories, sing songs, play games, and create an art project. Advanced registration is required. Please call early. Space is limited.

10:30 am: Chicopee Public Library 449 Front Street, Chicopee, MA

  • Terrific Twos is a program tailored especially for the two year old child. This small group introduces the child to story time and includes a short play time and simple craft. Registration is required for each 4 week session. Sign up by calling, emailing, or stopping by the Children’s Room.

11:00 am Forbes Library, Northampton, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA

  • Toddler Time. Stories, songs, puppets, bubbles! Come have fun with other toddler and cargivers.

Story Time in Western MA: Thursday

10:00 am: Storrs Library, Longmeadow 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA

  • Ages 3 – 5
  • This Early Literacy Class helps young children transition into independent library users.  Children attend the story half of the program alone to read stories, play games and sing songs  Parents and/or caregivers join children for the second half of the program to help create an art project. Advanced registration is required. Please call early. Space is limited.

10:00 am Jones Library Amherst, 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA

  • Join our longest running storytime program, recommended for ages 0-5. We will share stories, songs, and rhymes every Thursday morning!

10:30 am: Lilly Library, Florence, 19 Meadow Street, Florence, MA

  • Preschool Story Time ages 3 – 5
  • Registration required, either in person or by phone. Call  (413) 587-1500. To confirm schedule in the event of weather, call 413-587-1500 ext. 2 or ext. 7

10:30 am Chicopee Public Library 449 Front Street, Chicopee, MA

  • Little Ones Lap Sit ages 9 mo – 24 mo
  • Little Ones Lap Sit is a program designed for babies ages 9 months to 24 months and their caregivers. Registration is required for each 4 week session. Please sign up by calling, emailing, or stopping by the Children’s Room.

10:30 am: South Hadley Public Library 2 Canal Street, South Hadley, MA

    Come join us every Thursday morning at 10:30AM for Story Time followed by a craft suitable for preschool/toddler age children.

10:30 am: Emily Williston Memorial Library Easthampton, 9 Park Street, Easthampton, MA

  • Come join Storyteller Ms. Lynne for our weekly Story Hour! We will have a craft, read a story and eat some yummy snacks. This event is for ages 5 and under.  This story time follows the school schedule which means no stories during school vacations or in the summer.

1:00 pm:  Storrs Library, Longmeadow 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA

  • Ages 3 – 5
  • This Early Literacy Class helps young children transition into independent library users.  Children attend the story half of the program alone to read stories, play games and sing songs  Parents and/or caregivers join children for the second half of the program to help create an art project. Advanced registration is required. Please call early. Space is limited.

Story Time In Western MA: Friday

10:00 am  Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main Street, Greenfield, MA

  • Join the happy circle with Kay Lyons at a lap-sit story hour for children age 3 and under (with a grown-up!) every Friday morning at the GPL.  Children’s Librarian Kay Lyons reads books, leads the group in hand rhymes, and uses puppets to teach animal sounds and other concepts to the very young.  Children and grown-ups shake rattles, tap rhythm sticks, wave colored scarves, ring bells, and do knee bounces to simple sing-along tunes that everyone learns together.
  • Go on the loose with Mother Goose!  It’s so much fun!  Each session is 45 minutes, 30 minutes of structured activity and 15 minutes of visiting time.  No sign-up is required and the program is free of charge, thanks to the Friends of the GPL.

10:00 am  Storrs Library, Longmeadow 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA

  • Books & Babies: 18 – 24 months
  • This Early Literacy Class is a wonderful introduction to story times, libraries, and beginning socialization.  Children attend class with a parent or caregiver who read stories aloud and sing songs and play games together.  The second half of class is devoted to play and socialization with toys provided by the Library.  This program is sponsored in part by the Meadows Lodge of Masons. Advanced registration is required. Please call early. Space is limited.

11:00 am : Forbes Library, Northampton, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA

  • Toddler Time. Stories, songs, puppets, bubbles! Come have fun with other toddlers and caregivers.

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