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Jacksonville StoryTime

Aug 29

*Events may change without notice, please call the phone number listed to get current info.  MONDAYS: Jacksonville Whitingham Free Library,Toddler and Preschool Rhyme & Story Time,10:30, 802-368-7506    

Hartford Area Playgroup (Birth to 5yrs)

Aug 29

Playgroups are FREE and open to all parents and caregivers with children ages birth to five (unless otherwise noted). Playgroups are a great way for connect with other families, find out about other resources in the area, and begin conversations about child development and parenting.

Please be aware that Playgroups do not meet if the Hartford School District is closed due to inclement weather.

For questions about playgroup, contact The Family Place Parent Child Center ( 802)649-3268  or Toll Free 1-800-639-0039

West Fairlee Playgroup

Aug 29

We facilitate free, weekly playgroups for families and caregivers with children birth to age five and provide large and small motor activities, crafts, stories, and manipulatives as well as a snack. Playgroups are a great way for connect with other families, find out about other resources in the area, and begin conversations about child development and parenting.

Playgroups that are held in schools ARE NOT held when school is not in session.

For more information or directions, please call Orange County Parent Child Center (802) 685-2264 Toll Free: (888) 685-2264

Westminster Playgroup

Aug 29

Events may change without notice, please call the phone number listed to get current info. MONDAYS: Westminster- Westminster Center School, Early Childhood Playgroup and Open Gym, (ages 0-5), 9-10:00 AM, for more information. contact  Annie Briccetti at 802-387-6689 or abricce@wnesu.net        

North Springfield Play Group

Aug 29

Come to play and meet new friends.  Children love playing with others.  All parents with young children are welcomed.  Contact Nichole at 886-5242 or email at nichole@vermontel.net.

Monday Playgroup

Aug 29

Monday Playgroup at Bennington Free Library
Open to all children and families infants to age 6
Sponsored by SVMC, BBF and Early Intervention
10:30 to noon

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Franklin Grand Isle – Playgroups & Events

Montgomery Little Explorers outdoor playgroup

Aug 30

Little Explorers outdoor playgroup meets at the Montgomery Recreation Center Tuesday from 10-11:30 am.

Story Time at Fairfax Library

Aug 30

Co-Sponsored by the Fairfax Community Library

Story Time at Highgate Library

Aug 30

Highgate Public Library Story Time. Join Mrs. Liza and all her story time friends on: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am. Visit us at www.highgatelibrary.wordpress.com or call 868-3970 for more information.

St. Albans Playgroup

Aug 31

Playgroup
Dates: Every Wednesday
Time: 9-10:30am
Where: 130 Fisher Pond Rd, St. Albans, VT 05478
Registration: Sign up with Margaret Maley at 393-6591 or e-mail at Margaret.Maley@ncssinc.org
Age/Audience: Children w/ caregiver

Story Time at Highgate Library

Aug 31

Highgate Public Library Story Time. Join Mrs. Liza and all her story time friends on: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am. Visit us at www.highgatelibrary.wordpress.com or call 868-3970 for more information.

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Orleans & Northern Essex – Playgroups & Events

Story Hour in Orleans

Aug 29

Visit the Jones Memorial Library for Story Hour on Monday at 11:00 am and 5:00 pm

Attend Story Hour in Derby

Aug 30

Visit the Dailey Memorial Library for Story Hour on Tuesdays at 10:30 am

Story Hour in Newport

Aug 31

Visit the Goodrich Memorial Library for a Preschool Story Hour every Wednesday at 10:30

Story Hour at the Barton Public Library

Aug 31

Attend Story Hour at the Barton Library at 11:00 am or 4:00 pm on Wednesdays.

Story Hour at the Glover Library

Sep 2

Attend Story Hour at the Glover Library at 10:00 am on Fridays

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Chittenden – Playgroups & Events

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Lamoille Valley – Playgroups & Events

Baby Chat in Morrisville - free!

Sep 1

A playgroup for the youngest members of our community and their parents; come play, socialize and make new friends while learning about developmental expectations and needs for your child. A local specialist in child health will be available at the groups as a resource. The groups are free and no registration is required – just attend any or all of the groups listed:

  • 1st Thursday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Playroom, 30 Fairgrounds Plaza, in Lamoille Valley
  • 2nd Saturday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Lamoille Family Center in Lamoille Valley
  • 4th Tuesday of each month @ 10 – 11:30 am @ the Church of the Nazarene in Johnson

Baby Chat at the Family Center - free!

Sep 10

A playgroup for the youngest members of our community and their parents; come play, socialize and make new friends while learning about developmental expectations and needs for your child. A local specialist in child health will be available at the groups as a resource. The groups are free and no registration is required – just attend any or all of the groups listed:

  • 1st Thursday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Playroom, 30 Fairgrounds Plaza, in Lamoille Valley
  • 2nd Saturday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Lamoille Family Center in Lamoille Valley
  • 4th Tuesday of each month @ 10 – 11:30 am @ the Church of the Nazarene in Johnson

Baby Chat in Morrisville - free!

Oct 6

A playgroup for the youngest members of our community and their parents; come play, socialize and make new friends while learning about developmental expectations and needs for your child. A local specialist in child health will be available at the groups as a resource. The groups are free and no registration is required – just attend any or all of the groups listed:

  • 1st Thursday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Playroom, 30 Fairgrounds Plaza, in Lamoille Valley
  • 2nd Saturday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Lamoille Family Center in Lamoille Valley
  • 4th Tuesday of each month @ 10 – 11:30 am @ the Church of the Nazarene in Johnson

Baby Chat at the Family Center - free!

Oct 8

A playgroup for the youngest members of our community and their parents; come play, socialize and make new friends while learning about developmental expectations and needs for your child. A local specialist in child health will be available at the groups as a resource. The groups are free and no registration is required – just attend any or all of the groups listed:

  • 1st Thursday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Playroom, 30 Fairgrounds Plaza, in Lamoille Valley
  • 2nd Saturday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Lamoille Family Center in Lamoille Valley
  • 4th Tuesday of each month @ 10 – 11:30 am @ the Church of the Nazarene in Johnson

Baby Chat in Morrisville - free!

Nov 3

A playgroup for the youngest members of our community and their parents; come play, socialize and make new friends while learning about developmental expectations and needs for your child. A local specialist in child health will be available at the groups as a resource. The groups are free and no registration is required – just attend any or all of the groups listed:

  • 1st Thursday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Playroom, 30 Fairgrounds Plaza, in Lamoille Valley
  • 2nd Saturday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Lamoille Family Center in Lamoille Valley
  • 4th Tuesday of each month @ 10 – 11:30 am @ the Church of the Nazarene in Johnson

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Caledonia & Southern Essex – Playgroups & Events

Early Head Start Playgroup

Aug 30

Early Head Start Play Group – St. Johnsbury
Tuesdays 9:30- 11 Thursdays 9:30-11
NEKCA: Parent Child Center
115 Lincoln Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-6040

Lyndonville Story Time

Aug 30

Lyndonville Story Time
Cobleigh Public Library
Tuesdays 10:00 am (Birth- Age 5)
Wednesdays 10:30 am (Birth -Age 5)
14 Depot Street
Lyndonville, VT 05851
(802) 626-5475
Website: http://cobleighlibrary.org/main/

Danville Story Time

Aug 31

Danville Story Time
Pope Memorial Library
Wednesdays 10:00-11:00 a.m.
121 Park Street, Danville, VT 05828
(802) 684-2256

Lyndonville Story time

Aug 31

Lyndonville Story Time
Cobleigh Public Library
Tuesdays 10:00 am (Birth- Age 5)
Wednesdays 10:30 am (Birth -Age 5)
14 Depot Street
Lyndonville, VT 05851
(802) 626-5475
Website: http://cobleighlibrary.org/main/

St. Johnsbury Storytime

Aug 31

St. Johnsbury Story Time
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum -Children’s Library
Wednesdays @ 10:30AM (Toddler time)
1302 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-8291
Read Books Online: http://en.childrenslibrary.org/

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Addison Region – Playgroups & Events

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Central Vermont – Playgroups & Events

Jaquith Library Playgroup

Sep 21

Join us for story time and playgroup! Story time with Sylvia begins at 10 and is followed by playgroup with Cassie at 10:30. Free and open to families with children under 6 years. Sponsored by Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council. For more information, contact Susan Green at (802) 426-3581 or jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com

 

Jaquith Library Playgroup

Sep 28

Join us for story time and playgroup! Story time with Sylvia begins at 10 and is followed by playgroup with Cassie at 10:30. Free and open to families with children under 6 years. Sponsored by Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council. For more information, contact Susan Green at (802) 426-3581 or jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com

 

Jaquith Library Playgroup

Oct 5

Join us for story time and playgroup! Story time with Sylvia begins at 10 and is followed by playgroup with Cassie at 10:30. Free and open to families with children under 6 years. Sponsored by Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council. For more information, contact Susan Green at (802) 426-3581 or jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com

 

Jaquith Library Playgroup

Oct 12

Join us for story time and playgroup! Story time with Sylvia begins at 10 and is followed by playgroup with Cassie at 10:30. Free and open to families with children under 6 years. Sponsored by Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council. For more information, contact Susan Green at (802) 426-3581 or jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com

 

Jaquith Library Playgroup

Oct 19

Join us for story time and playgroup! Story time with Sylvia begins at 10 and is followed by playgroup with Cassie at 10:30. Free and open to families with children under 6 years. Sponsored by Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council. For more information, contact Susan Green at (802) 426-3581 or jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com

 

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Northern Windsor & Orange – Playgroups & Events

Hartford Area Playgroup (Birth to 5yrs)

Aug 29

Playgroups are FREE and open to all parents and caregivers with children ages birth to five (unless otherwise noted). Playgroups are a great way for connect with other families, find out about other resources in the area, and begin conversations about child development and parenting.

Please be aware that Playgroups do not meet if the Hartford School District is closed due to inclement weather.

For questions about playgroup, contact The Family Place Parent Child Center ( 802)649-3268  or Toll Free 1-800-639-0039

West Fairlee Playgroup

Aug 29

We facilitate free, weekly playgroups for families and caregivers with children birth to age five and provide large and small motor activities, crafts, stories, and manipulatives as well as a snack. Playgroups are a great way for connect with other families, find out about other resources in the area, and begin conversations about child development and parenting.

Playgroups that are held in schools ARE NOT held when school is not in session.

For more information or directions, please call Orange County Parent Child Center (802) 685-2264 Toll Free: (888) 685-2264

Bradford Playgroup

Aug 30

We facilitate free, weekly playgroups for families and caregivers with children birth to age five and provide large and small motor activities, crafts, stories, and manipulatives as well as a snack. Playgroups are a great way for connect with other families, find out about other resources in the area, and begin conversations about child development and parenting.

Playgroups that are held in schools ARE NOT held when school is not in session.

For more information and directions call the Orange County Parent Child Center for more information or directions at (802) 685-2264 Toll Free: (888) 685-2264.

 

Brookfield Playgroup

Aug 30

We facilitate free, weekly playgroups for families and caregivers with children birth to age five and provide large and small motor activities, crafts, stories, and manipulatives as well as a snack. Playgroups are a great way for connect with other families, find out about other resources in the area, and begin conversations about child development and parenting.

Playgroups that are held in schools ARE NOT held when school is not in session.

For more information or directions, please contact Orange County Parent Child Center (802) 685-2264 Toll Free: (888) 685-2264

 

South Royalton Playgroup

Aug 31

Join us for this Playgroup facilitated by The Family Place and Orange County Parent Child Center…Playgroups are FREE and open to all parents and caregivers with children ages birth to five (unless otherwise noted). Playgroups are a great way for connect with other families, find out about other resources in the area, and begin conversations about child development and parenting.

For questions about playgroup, contact The Family Place Parent Child Center, 802-649-3268 Toll Free 1-800-639-0039 or Orange County Parent Child Center (802) 685-2264  Toll Free: (888) 685-2264

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Rutland – Playgroups & Events

Mount Holly Playgroup

Aug 30

Free playgroup for children accompanied by parent or caregiver.  It is sponsored by the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Children have the opportunity socialize and learn with other children while listening to songs, dancing, playing with educational toys and participating in creative projects.

Parents and other caregivers make new friends, reduce isolation, and share ideas ,experiences, and learn from other parents/caregivers.

Contact: Lynn Gould-lynn.gould@rcpcc.org

 

 

Castleton Playgroup

Aug 31

Free playgroup for children accompanied by parent or caregiver.  It is sponsored by the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Children have the opportunity socialize and learn with other children while listening to songs, dancing, playing with educational toys and participating in creative projects.

Parents and other caregivers make new friends, reduce isolation, and share ideas ,experiences, and learn from other parents/caregivers.

Contact: Lynn Gould-lynn.gould@rcpcc.org

 

Pittsford Playgroup

Sep 1

Free playgroup for children accompanied by parent or caregiver.  It is sponsored by the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Children have the opportunity socialize and learn with other children while listening to songs, dancing, playing with educational toys and participating in creative projects.

Parents and other caregivers make new friends, reduce isolation, and share ideas ,experiences, and learn from other parents/caregivers.

Contact: Lynn Gould-lynn.gould@rcpcc.org

Rutland City Playgroup

Sep 2

Free playgroup for children accompanied by parent or caregiver.  It is sponsored by the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Children have the opportunity socialize and learn with other children while listening to songs, dancing, playing with educational toys and participating in creative projects.

Parents and other caregivers make new friends, reduce isolation, and share ideas ,experiences, and learn from other parents/caregivers.

Contact: Lynn Gould-lynn.gould@rcpcc.org

Mount Holly Playgroup

Sep 6

Free playgroup for children accompanied by parent or caregiver.  It is sponsored by the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Children have the opportunity socialize and learn with other children while listening to songs, dancing, playing with educational toys and participating in creative projects.

Parents and other caregivers make new friends, reduce isolation, and share ideas ,experiences, and learn from other parents/caregivers.

Contact: Lynn Gould-lynn.gould@rcpcc.org

 

 

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North Springfield Play Group

Aug 29

Come to play and meet new friends.  Children love playing with others.  All parents with young children are welcomed.  Contact Nichole at 886-5242 or email at nichole@vermontel.net.

Crafty Tuesday

Aug 30

For children in kindergarten through grade 6 to come and make a craft!

Story Time Weathersfield Proctor Library

Aug 31

Come join us for story time with your friends!  Call (802) 674-2863 for more information

Preschool Story Time Windsor

Aug 31

Caregivers and their children are welcome as we share stories, songs, and crafts. For ages 0-5 with parent or caregiver.

Toddler and Preschool Story Time Fletcher Memorial Library

Aug 31

Come with your toddler and preschooler. Each week features a theme, stories, music and a craft.

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Bennington – Playgroups & Events

Monday Playgroup

Aug 29

Monday Playgroup at Bennington Free Library
Open to all children and families infants to age 6
Sponsored by SVMC, BBF and Early Intervention
10:30 to noon

Playgroup SVMC-EI at Bennington Library

Aug 29

Bennington Free Library Playgroup
Hosted by SVMC- EI
Contact Jennie at 447-2768

Head Start Playgroup

Aug 30

Playgroup at Head Start North Bennington
Tuesday’s 9 am to 10:30 am
Contact Beth 442-3686

Sunrise CIS Playgroup

Aug 31

Happening on Wednesdays at the Applegate Community Room
9 am to 10:30
Michelle Weyers facilitator 442-1665
Support from Kelly Belville, Terry Yavaniski and others

Arlington Playgroup

Sep 1

Arlington Playgroup
Martha Canfield Library
Information Carol 375-6039

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Southeast Vermont – Playgroups & Events

Jacksonville StoryTime

Aug 29

*Events may change without notice, please call the phone number listed to get current info.  MONDAYS: Jacksonville Whitingham Free Library,Toddler and Preschool Rhyme & Story Time,10:30, 802-368-7506    

Westminster Playgroup

Aug 29

Events may change without notice, please call the phone number listed to get current info. MONDAYS: Westminster- Westminster Center School, Early Childhood Playgroup and Open Gym, (ages 0-5), 9-10:00 AM, for more information. contact  Annie Briccetti at 802-387-6689 or abricce@wnesu.net        

Wilmington Storytime (Free)

Aug 29

Events may change without notice, please call the phone number listed to get current info. MONDAYS: Wilmington- Pettee Memorial Library, Storyhour, 10:30am, contact Helena Queenie at 802-464-8557.

Townsend Playgroup

Aug 30

Playgroups for parents and their children up to five years of age are offered weekly for any family in Windham County. Currently groups are offered in Brattleboro, Whitingham, Wilmington and Townshend. This 1 and 1/2 hour group offers opportunities for children to play with other infants, toddlers and preschoolers and for parents to meet other parents as well. Each group is facilitated by a coordinator who provides a light snack and depending on the interests of the group, a small activity.

Playgroup Schedule for Townsend, Vermont

Tuesdays at the Townshend Library 9:30-11:00 AM

 

Guilford Storytime

Aug 30

Events may change without notice, please call the phone number listed to get current info. TUESDAYS: GuilfordGuilford Free Library – 10:45 Join Cathi Wilken, librarian, for a program of stories, books and activities for toddlers and preschoolers. For information call: 802-254-6545  

 

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