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 in our Education Room on Fridays. During the half hour session, an animal-friendly short story is read to attendees, and we bring anadoptable animal into the room to visit. Afterward, families are welcome to to head out to our adoption floor and look at the many animals here at Nevins Farm! Registration for individuals is not required. And while there’s no cost, donations are always welcome.
Schedule For the School Year: Held between the second Friday in September to the second Friday in June, from 11:00am – 11:30am in the Education & Training Room (located to the far left of the Nobel Family Animal Care and Adoption Center). Please note that the animal shelter is closed to the public during this time, and you will not be able to enter the building any earlier than 10:45am – but you are welcome to walk around the property and take a look at our farm animals if you would like to arrive early! We will have toys and coloring pages for the kids to play with, but feel free to bring any toys or snacks with you from home. We do not hold Little Bookworms during Massachusetts School Vacation weeks, or if Methuen Public Schools are canceled due to inclement weather conditions.
Schedule for the Summer: Held from the third Friday in June to the last Friday in August, from 11-11:30am outdoors at the “Big Tree” near our outdoor horse riding ring. Our outdoor version of Little Bookworms is “picnic style” so feel free to bring a blanket, snacks and any outdoor toys your child might want to play with during story time. We do not hold Little Bookworms in the event of inclement weather during the summer, such as rain, or extreme heat.
Want to support Little Bookworms? Consider donating an item from our Amazon Wish List!
Bringing a group: If you are planning to bring a group to story time, including a mother’s club or small pre-K class of 10 or more people, please let us know in advance which date you’re attending so that we can accommodate you: firstname.lastname@example.org. We also offer private sessions during the week for a small donation – please email us email@example.com to schedule a private session.
What we read: Each week, a volunteer joins us at story time to greet visitors and read our feature story. Books 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!