The “Little Bookworms” story time provides an age appropriate activity that fosters a sense of responsibility and compassion in our youngest visitors, from those in strollers to those in preschool. We invite our community’s youngest animal lovers to join us with their adult counterparts for weekly story time. During the hour session, an animal-friendly short story is read to attendees, and we bring an adoptable animal into the room to visit. Registration for individuals is not required. Suggested monetary donation $5 per family/group (less or more appreciated as well!) and Wish List donations are always welcome!
Story Time: Wednesdays from 10am-11am-New time!
We host story time in the Education and Training Room at the MSPCA Boston Adoption Center at 350 S. Huntington Avenue in Jamaica Plain. For directions visit www.mspca.org/directions. The Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center Education Room has its own entrance at the back of the MSPCA building. To get to the entrance drive past the first parking lot on your right when you enter the driveway. Follow the driveway until it ends and bear left. Continue past the first set of double doors to the Angell Animal Medical Center and past the second set of double doors which is the main adoption center entrance. Take a left at the end of the parking lot and you will see a set of gray stairs and railing leading up to the Education Room entrance. We use this room for other activities in the mornings, so unfortunately we cannot open the doors sooner.
The stories we read include fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Many have been awarded the Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, which honors books that promote the humane ethic of compassion and respect for all living things. If you have a great book in mind for the "Little Bookworms" story time, please share it with us!
If you are interested in arranging an alternative story time session to accommodate a large group, such as a preschool or kindergarten class, please register by calling 617-522-5055 and ask for Cindy. If leaving a voicemail message, please leave a phone number and email where you can be reached.
One of our Little Bookworms volunteers has a blog where she recently wrote about her first experience at Little Bookworms. It provides a nice insight into the program. "As the room filled up with toddlers, infants, and adults, the birds suddenly relaxed and moved to the bars, the swing, the seed cups, whistling and calling out – to each other and to us. Suddenly we weren’t people staring here and birds frozen in fear there, but two communities appreciating one another, talking and connecting in ways you could barely see but could feel. The room got noisier and noisier and the leader clapped her hands so the people knew to settle in for a story. And the five green birds, they grew quiet, too, and stayed that way until the story's end. Being with animals often reminds me of my perch in the grand schematic, which is good for the ego and lifts the spirit, kind of like wings." You can follow along with Eliza in her experiences at the MSPCA and beyond on her blog http://allcreatures7.blogspot.com/.
Please email any questions about the program to Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org.