We are very fortunate to live in a state where you can find a library in pretty much every town. Below is a South Central Mass Library roundup list of some of our favorite libraries in our area.
There is a misconception that libraries are no longer needed since we can access everything online, but the data shows that library usage is up. So many families use libraries not just for books but also for children’s programming, board games, and even things to borrow. A few weeks ago, we borrowed a circuit board and the kids had a blast. We have even seen musical instruments, yard games, STEM activities, and take-home crafts. If you are not using your local library, now is the time to check one out, and remember that you have access to all of CW/MARS with your library card. You can register online, or visit your local library.
Bellingham Public Library
This Bellingham Public Library is a popular library because of its children’s area and programming. It has a new children’s department director, and I had the amazing opportunity to chat with her about the upcoming programs and events that she has planned, so keep an eye out for their calendar.
There is a HUGE space for the children to play with a train station, grocery mart, blocks, and even a tablet station (which can be hit or miss with the parents)! They also have a large room to hold programming and events separate from the children’s space. A private teen’s space in the back of the library is also separate from the children’s area. My favorite part, by far, is this library has the best book selection around!
Upton Public Library
This Upton Public Library is one that received a facelift recently. They will be moving into their new location at the Community Center at the beginning of May. We can’t wait to check out the new library, community center, and new playground.
Gladys E. Kelly Public Library
Another great South Central Mass library is the Gladys E. Kelly Public Library in Webster Center. It has so many great programs for the littles. They have some of the best programs in the area for elementary-age children as well as STEM programs running consistently through the spring months. We recently attended their K-9 Demonstration event and a STEM program. The kids loved both events and keep asking to go back to another event there. Their children’s area does have lots of toys to play with for a variety of ages, and a teen space with a computer station, but the play space can feel tight when lots of families are there.
Grafton Public Library
Grafton Public Library is another library that recently had a facelift. They have great programs for little ones and a newsletter to stay connected with their events. It is conveniently located right on the Grafton Town Common. We haven’t visited this library yet, but it is on our list this spring. We will make a day of it, and plan to do some reading on the common. Also, there is a great farmers market right on the common on Wednesdays during the summer months, so plan accordingly!