Welcome to the Swampscott Public Library Children's Room

The Children's Room at the Swampscott Public Library is located in the lower level of the library. It is a wonderful space for children ages infant to pre-teen and their parents to learn and grow in all kinds of fun ways.

Read to a Dog

Come read to Tundra!

April 21 and May 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This is a wonderful program which helps children with literacy skills. Children ages 5 to 10 may sign up for a 15 minute session to read aloud to Pamela Wall and her certified Therapy Dog Tundra. Registration is required for this program and will begin one week before the scheduled date of each session.


Pajama Storytime

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Pajama Story Time will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday evenings May 7 and June 4.


Children ages 3 to 6 are invited to come hear stories and have a bedtime snack. Wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal friend. No registration is needed.

On March 5 we are having a special collection for the Boston Bruins annual PJ Drive.  Please bring a new pair of children’s pajamas when you attend the program.


Parent Child Playgroup

Story Time with Music & Movement

Friday mornings January 12 to March 23.  10:30 to 11:30 A.M.

Free parent/child playgroup.  Join MaryBeth Maes and CFCE of the North Shore staff for a fun filled hour of favorite songs, stories, and dancing.  For families with children birth and up–No registration required .

Funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care awarded to Peabody Public Schools to serve families from Beverly, Boxford, Danvers, Marblehead, Middleton, Peabody, Swampscott, and Topsfield. 



Winter/Spring Story Time Programs


Learning to grow through story & song.

Mondays at 10:30 A.M. for ages 3 to 5

Wednesdays at 10:30 A.M. for ages 1 to 3

Programs will begin the week of January 22 and continue through the week of May 14.

A story time program that is perfect for groups of siblings or friends. This activity consists of stories, songs and finger plays and action rhymes designed to encourage early literacy. Librarians will present 20 to 30 minutes of stories and songs that will tickle, delight, and amuse. After Storybook Fun the children are encouraged to play and socialize. All ages can join in the fun!
All children attending this program must be accompanied by a parent or other adult who will sit with them and participate in the activities. No registration is needed.
There will be no programs during school vacations or when Swampscott Public schools are not in session.


BookFlix for Kids

The Swampscott Public Library has subscribed to a fun, new reading program that parents and young children can access from home. BookFlix pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning.  This engaging resource for children in grades PreK-3 will help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills and introduces students to a world of knowledge and exploration.

BookFlix is free for anyone using Library computers. It is free for Swampscott residents from home with a library card and PIN number.

Check some of our other online resources for children:


Children’s Play Space

Play gently

Our Play Space is officially open for children from 0 to 6 years old.  This space was funded through an LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) Grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

The Room will generally open Monday through Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., Thursdays at 1:00 p.m.,  Fridays at 11:00 and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.    The Room will close 30 minutes before the Children’s Room closes.

We reserve the right to close the room if there is a program taking place.

We have set up a few rules to make the space function properly.

  • The room is designed with activities for infants through kindergarten age children. Older children should enjoy other areas of the library.

  • Adults are expected to be actively involved in their children’s play. If would like to visit with other parents, we encourage you to sit in the picture book area.

  • Please model and reinforce appropriate library behavior – indoor voices, do not run or throw toys, sharing, handling toys with care, and cleaning up when you are done playing.

  • Please NO CLIMBING on furniture, cabinets and railings or standing on outside of equipment.

  • All toys MUST stay in the room.

  • No food, drinks, sweets or chewing gum are to be taken into play areas.


New Computer for Children

AWE image    Thanks to the generosity of Mary Ellen Nestor Smith and family we are pleased to announce the acquisition of the AWE Early Literacy Station™ in our new Technology Center.

AWE Early Literacy Station™ (ELS) is a comprehensive, turnkey educational solution loaded with over 70 educational software programs for kids ages 2–8. The Early Literacy Station™ offers children a safe, standalone computer not connected to the Internet that is age-appropriate, engaging, and academically relevant for children. It is designed to support school readiness and early education while making learning exciting and engaging.

The early learning applications on the Early Literacy Station span every curriculum area: reading, language arts, math, science, STEM, social studies, writing, graphic arts, typing, music, and more. The content is correlated to Common Core standards. It also features a host of administrative controls including timed sessions and usage tracking.

The Early Literacy Station has an imaginative interface that encourages exploration by readers and pre-readers alike. Since it is a self-contained computer, the need for adult intervention and technical support is greatly minimized.
AWE’s Early Literacy Station, the company’s flagship product, is found in over 40% of the public libraries across the United States as well as in many communities in Canada and abroad.  The computer will be available during our regular hours.  Sign up is not required but we may limit sessions as demand increases.  Come on in and check out this great new addition.