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.

Children’s Programs July 23 to 27

Monday, July 23

MESSY MONDAYS CRAFTScrayons 10:30 a.m.

A fun story and craft program with Izzi Abrams. Recommended for ages 3 to 5.

 

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Pajama Storytime 6:30 p.m. Come in your PJ’s to hear a story and get a bedtime snack.

Recommended for ages 3 to 5.

Guest reader

 

 

Tuesday, July 24

Toddler Yoga 10:30 a.m.

A fun morning of Yoga for children ages 18 months to 3 years with Lindsay Kravitz Olson. No registration is needed.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, July 25

Toddler Story Time Ages 1 to 3

This program will consist of stories, songs, finger plays and action rhymes designed to encourage early literacy. Librarians will present a 20 to 30 minute program that will delight and amuse very young children. We will incorporate bubbles, musical instruments and more. After the program the children are encouraged to play and socialize.

All children attending this program must be accompanied by a parent or other adult who will sit on the floor with the child and participate in the activities. No registration is needed.

 

 

Thursday, July 26

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DROP IN CRAFTS 2:00 P.M. Children ages 6 and up can drop in to create a unique craft project. No registration needed

This program is not for preschoolers.

 

Friday, July 27

Story Time with Music & Movement

Friday mornings through July 13 to August 17. 10:15 to 11:15 A.M.

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


Children’s Programs July 16 to 20

Monday, July 16

MESSY MONDAYS CRAFTScrayons 10:30 a.m.

A fun story and craft program with Izzi Abrams. Recommended for ages 3 to 5.

 

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Pajama Storytime 6:30 p.m. Come in your PJ’s to hear a story and get a bedtime snack.

Recommended for ages 3 to 5.

Guest reader

 

Tuesday, July 17

Toddler Yoga 10:30 a.m.

A fun morning of Yoga for children ages 18 months to 3 years with Lindsay Kravitz Olson. No registration is needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flying High Frisbee Dogs! 2:00 p.m.

Mike Piazza is a multiple world finalist and world record holder in K-9 Frisbee and the current #1 Professional K-9 frisbee performer in the world. His act is very youth and family friendly! He performs a variety of frisbee & other entertaining tricks with 4 of the most athletic Border Collies on the planet to entertain audiences of all ages. Mike’s show includes lots of audience participation. No registration is required for this program, which will take place on the lawn next to the library.

Wednesday, July 18

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 Rubber Duck Hunt! 10:30 a.m.

Children ages 2 & up are invited to a special story time program about ducks. Listen to several stories and sing some songs. After the program we will have a special hunt around the library for rubber duckies. In order to make it fair for all each child will be limited to collecting no more than 5 ducks.

 

 

 

Thursday, July 19

Chickens of the world

This program features chickens from around the world like England, Spain, South America , France, and others that lay different color eggs. Children will learn about the history and unique characteristics of the different breeds and basic animal husbandry skills. Presented by Lindsay Sprague of Winterberry Farm in New York.

This educational program is geared for children ages 5 and up and not for toddlers.

 

 

Friday, July 20

Story Time with Music & Movement

Friday mornings through July 13 to August 17. 10:15 to 11:15 A.M.

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


Summer Sounds in Swampscott

Story Time with Music & Movement

Friday mornings through July 13 to August 17. 10:15 to 11:15 A.M.

Free parent/child playgroup. Join the staff of The CFCE of the North Shore for a fun filled hour of favorite songs and stories. 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.

www.CFCEoftheNorthShore.com

 

Pajama Storytime

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Pajama Story Time will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday evenings July 2 to August 6.

 

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.

We will have a special guest reader each week joining with Miss Lisa.

 

 

Libraries Rock! Summer Reading 2018

The theme of our program this year is “Libraries Rock!”. The 2018 Summer Reading Program is open to children, from preschool to Grade 5 with programs, story times, and more. Families with very young children are invited to join the Read-to-Me portion of the program, and the goal for everyone is to read or listen for 20 minutes per day. Registration for “Libraries Rock!” begins on June 18. Each child who registers will receive a Reading Rocks bracelet, a color change pencil, or a pin as well as a reading log and bookmark. Bring in your Reading Log when you have completed 200 minutes to be stamped and you can choose a FREE book from our treasure chest (maximum of 3 books per child).

You may also register for the program on line at http://wandooreader.com/swampscottlibrary/libraries-rock-kids-2018 

The on line program has challenges based on minutes and it also has a place to enter book reviews and to keep track of the books you have read.

The Swampscott Public Library cares about your children and we have planned programs to keep them reading and learning all summer. Whether you keep track of the amount of time your children spend reading or the number of books they have read this summer, children who join the summer library program keep their minds active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and ready to succeed.

And remember, you are your child’s first teacher. Look at picture books with your children who have not learned to read and point out people, animals, and objects in the pictures. Read to your children and ask them to read to you. Your librarian will be happy to help you find books that are just right. We hope that you and your family enjoy looking at books and reading together and that you discover the treasures of your library.

The Topsfield Fair will again be one of our sponsors, and will award free passes, including a hot dog, drink and 2 ride tickets, to all children who complete 900 minutes. The Boston Bruins will be awarding some great prizes, including autographed pucks & shirts, to randomly selected participants.

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

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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.