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Welcome To The Joshua Hyde Library's

Ages 18-30 months:  Tuesdays at 10:45 AM
Ages 2.5-4.5 years:  Fridays at 10:45 AM
Ages 4.5-6 years:  Tuesdays at 1: 30 PM

Weekly Story Time groups require pre-registration.  The next session will run from the week of February 24th through the week of May 26th.  Registration will run from February 10-24.  Register online at, or visit or call the library.
The age groups are as follows:
18-30 months: Tuesdays at 10:45 AM (Sprites)
2.5-4.5 years: Fridays at 10:45 AM (Pixies)
4.5-6 years: Tuesdays at 1:30 PM (Gnomes)

Joshua Hyde Library
Story Time Registration and Guidelines
The goal of the Joshua Hyde Library children’s story times is to introduce,
explore, and cultivate a love of learning and literacy. We promote early literacy
and social skills programming that will be fun, memorable, and meaningful.
Residents of Sturbridge and surrounding communities are invited to register.
Participation in the Library’s story time programs will be limited to Sturbridge and
Fiskdale residents, however, if registration numbers warrant.
 Registration will be open for two weeks or longer. Registration forms will
be available at the library during open hours, or you can register online at
Select the age-appropriate registration tab.
 All children who are registered after the class is full will be placed on a
waiting list and contacted should an opening become available.
 Please be considerate of other families. Do not register if you cannot
regularly attend these programs. Our occasional drop-in story times may be
a better option for you.
 Do not force your child to attend story time. They should be emotionally
and behaviorally ready to participate. Story time should be a positive
experience for them. If you feel your child isn’ ready at this time, try the
next session.
The following rules apply to story time registration:
 Sturbridge/Fiskdale residents will be given priority.
 Each child will need to be registered separately; one registration per
child per lottery.
 Each child can only be registered for one program.
Once Story Times begin, please keep in mind:
 Promptness is greatly appreciated. Interruptions can upset some children’
mood and concentration.
 Toys and food are not allowed during story time. We will occasionally
enjoy snacks at special times of the year, however.
 Each story time involves age-appropriate activities. Each story time has a
certain number of places available in order that each child benefits from a
positive, meaningful program.
 Please participate! Your child IS learning by watching you! Sing and play
along with us! Otherwise, s/he may not fully enjoy themselves.
 Do not carry on personal conversations during story time. Turn off your cell
phones, as well. Again, your child is learning social skills (or lack thereof) by
watching and imitating your behavior. Give your child your undivided
attention and enjoy this special one-on-one time!
 If your child needs a break during story time to settle themselves, feel free
to leave the area and return when ready.
Weather Policy: If Sturbridge schools are closed, we will not be conducting story
times. Please call the library to check on evening or weekend events.
Attendance Policy: If your family is unable to attend a scheduled story time, you
must call the library (508/347-2512) to inform us of your absence. If your child
has two or more unexplained absences, he or she will be withdrawn from the
program. A child on the waiting list will then be invited to join the group.

ELF program is a book-in-hand program geared for children ages 9-18 months with their caregiver. The brief program, which includes stories, songs, finger rhymes and more, is followed by playtime.  This program is a fun and easy way to introduce your child to the world of books! The program is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required.  We will meet on Thursday, April 3, 10, and 17 from 10:45 -11:30 AM.
Weekly Story Time groups require pre-registration.  This session will run through the week of May 26th.  Registration ended on February 24.  Feel free to inquire about available space for your child.
The age groups are as follows:
18-30 months: Tuesdays at 10:45 AM (Sprites)
2.5-4.5 years: Fridays at 10:45 AM (Pixies)
4.5-6 years: Tuesdays at 1:30 PM (Gnomes)
The Week of the Young Child™ (WOYC) is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.  
Tuesday, April 8: WOYC craft.  A drop-in craft to celebrate the Week of the Young Child. 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Supplies are limited. Free.
Thursday, April 10: WOYC Pajama Story Time.  Gentle stories, songs and a simple craft to end the day.  Bring the whole family! Don’t forget Teddy Bear! Free. Pre-register. 6:30-7:00 PM
Tuesday, April 22: Alex the Jester will visit for the first time!  He is program features zany physical comedy, music, amazing stunts, and more!  Appropriate for children 3 years and over.  Pre-register, please.  Free. 11:00 AM-Noon
Thursday, April 24:
Deb’s Sing and Swing will feature music and movement to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day!  Perfect for infant through PreK; pre-register, please! Free. 11:00-11:45 AM
Rainbow Loom Workshop: Children ages 8 and over are welcome to join us.  We’ll learn how to make bracelets and other fun items.  Supplies provided. Free.
Pajama Story Time: A perfect way to end the day!  Stories, songs, simple craft.  All ages welcome.  Free.  Pre-register. 6:30-7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 30: Transition to Kindergarten.  Children will enjoy kindergarten-themed stories while parents get tips and tools to prepare their child for kindergarten.  Facilitated by Patti Sinko of the Union 61 CFCE Grant.  This grant is awarded by the Mass. Dept. of Early Education and Care. Please pre-register.  Free. 6:30-7:30 PM.


All events and activities sponsored by the Friends of the Library unless noted otherwise.  We thank them sincerely!

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