A child’s imagination is a rich playground, and parents and caregivers can tap into it by encouraging them to read. There are a number of wonderful events south of Boston this summer that can help enlighten your child’s world by expanding the written word, in song, fun and age appropriate activities. Enrich your kids’ worlds while introducing them to joy of reading at some of the best summer reading events around.
(Photo from Ames Free Library)

(Photo from Ames Free Library)

Mother Goose Storytime / Pajama Storytime
Ames Free Library
53 Main St.
North Easton, MA 02356
(508) 238-2000

Date: June 3 and 5, 2013

The Ames Free Library story times begin on June 3 with Pajama Story time. Bring along your child’s favorite blanket or sleeping bag. Ages 3 and up are welcome to sit upon your lap in their jammies, or puff up a pillow and enjoy a bedtime story with their favorite stuffed animal. Mother goose story time on June 5 is geared to the younger kids aged 6 months to 2 1/2 years. At that event, stories will turn into finger plays and songs. The Whistlestop branch gives the gift of early literacy in two more story time groups for toddlers, adding crafts for preschoolers to its agenda. Registration required to attend, but all activities and story times are free.

(Photo from Barnes and Noble)

(Photo from Barnes and Noble)

Storytime For Children
Barnes and Noble
82 Providence Highway
Walpole, MA 02032
(508) 668-1303

Date: June 4 through 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Enjoy children’s stories read aloud at the Walpole Mall Barnes and Noble book store for the entire month of June. The “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” special story event kicks off the summer season with activities, stories and your child’s own journal. Keep coming back for more wonderful renditions of “The Rainbow Fish,” “Quick as a Cricket,” “When a Dragon Moves In” and the “Night Before Father’s Day.” Check off your child’s participation as the season progresses and receive the gift of children’s books to bring home forever. What a wonderful way to remember the summer of 2013.

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(Photo from Sargent Memorial Library)

(Photo from Sargent Memorial Library)

Vics and Sticks
Sargent Memorial Library
575 Middle Road
Boxborough, Ma 01719
(978) 263-4680
Date: Jun. 27 at 4 p.m.

Sing-along, read-aloud fun is bound to bring the joy of reading to life — it’s kid-tested and parent approved. This season’s variety show celebrates the joys and benefits of reading. “Dig into Reading” with Vics and Sticks involves skits, songs and stories on recycled instruments. This husband and wife team encourages audience participation so pack your child’s favorite music makers and get ready to sing, dance and be amazed. This fast paced musical reading show is bound to kick off the summer season with excitement suitable for all ages.

Kids Club Storytime
Showcase Cinema Delux II
2 Patriots Place
Foxboro, MA 02035
(508) 203-2100
Date: Tuesdays at 11 a.m.

Patriot place offers a free Tuesday event every week for children and their parents. Kids Club Storytime brings a character from each book to life in a magical special appearance and follows with a short film. It’s a delightful package deal that everyone is bound to enjoy. Cinemadelux II provides a baby changing station and stroller area within the auditorium for easy child care and convenience.

(Photo from Morrill Memorial Library)

(Photo from Morrill Memorial Library)

Pajama Storytime for Children Ages 3-6
Morrill Memorial Library
33 Walpole St.
Norwood, MA 02062
(781) 769-0200 ext 225
Date: June 6 at 7 p.m.

Get the family ready for this evening event by dressing in pajamas — parents, don’t forget your bathrobes! One of Morrill Memorial Library’s most popular events Pajama Storytime brings the sights and sounds of classic childhood stories to life in the children’s program room.  What bedtime story would be complete without a song and a bedtime snack? Bring your teddy bears any Thursday of the season, no registration required.

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