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.
Topsfield Fair Awards
If you registered for our Every Hero Has a Story Reading program then stop in and pick up your certificates and award from the Topsfield Fair. Prizes are available now in the Children’s Room. The last day to pick up these prizes will be September 18.
The Children’s Room is now open Monday nights until 8:30
New Computer for Children
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.
ABC Mouse is now available at the library!
ABCmouse.com helps kids learn to read through phonics, and teaches lessons in math, social studies, art, music, and much more. All kinds of fun learning activities are available for kids ages 2 to 7. Come to the library and join the fun!
1000 Books before Kindergarten
“Thanks to the Southington Library & Museum for the use of this logo”
We are offering a special program for young children called
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.
1. This program is designed for families with children birth through age 5.
2. Sign up in the Children’s Room to receive your reading journal (only 1 journal will be given per family) and book bag.
3. Record each book read. Repetition is good, so you may record a favorite book more than once.
4. Pick out books you enjoy and have fun reading together (use expression!). Find a time when you and your child are in a good mood to read. Reading together should never be a chore.
5. Each time you read 100 books, bring in your reading journal to the library. You will receive:
- two stickers – one for your book and one for the library wall
- your next set of pages for your reading journal
- at 500 books, you will also receive a library magnet.
- Visit the library often and discover the wonderful variety of books to check out and read together.
6. You may read books from anywhere: the library, from home, preschool, etc. You may also count books read at Story time programs at the library or school.
7. Don’t be daunted! Just 3 books a day amounts to 1000 books in 1 year, and this program is designed to give you time over a few years to meet your goal.
After finishing 1000 Books, your child will receive a certificate of achievement and an invitation to a “graduation” party in January. During the party the children who have completed the program during the previous year will be honored with a special story time, snack and a group photo.
Once you have read 1000 books, you are finished with the program. Please continue to read together, and feel free to add your own pages to the journal if you wish.
"Thanks to the Southington Library & Museum for allowing us the use of this graphic"
Tumblebooks: ebooks for kids
The Library now subscribes to Tumblebooks, which are animated, talking picture books for children. Tumblebooks start with an existing children’s book then add motion, music, and narration to make a new experience that children are sure to enjoy. The collection includes story books, read-a-longs, games, and non fiction books.
Click on Tumblebooks to get started enjoying these great books. To log in you will need a library card and password. You can get these at the Main Desk of the Library if you don’t already have them. You will also need the Flash plugin which can be downloaded for free at Adobe. You need to be a resident of Swampscott to access Tumblebooks.