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.

PLAY : Putting the pieces together workshop

Tuesday, June 6 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen, creator of the Mother Goose on the Loose program, will present a workshop on the importance of play for children.

This lively workshop for teachers and librarians is both playful and filled with tips on providing playful experiences for the children in our communities.  This free workshop will provide professional development by:

  • Building literacy, social and emotional skills through play.
  • Exploring the science behind play and its importance in our programs and activities.
  • Practicing multiple ways to include play in story times and circle times.

A light supper will be provided for all participants.  Registration is required as space is limited.  Please check our website or call us at 781-596-8867, ext. 307 for more information.  Registration begins on May 15.

This workshop is funded through an LSTA Grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, and the Friends of the Swampscott Library.

New Play Space

Play gently

Our new 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 be open Monday through Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 1/2 hour before closing.  It may also be open on some afternoons and evenings depending upon staffing and other considerations. 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.


Preschool Story and Craft

Join us some Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. as Miss Jen presents a story and a fun activity. Check the Children’s Room bulletin board for current schedule.  No registration is needed but children must be accompanied by an adult who will assist with the craft portion.

Recommended for children ages 18 months to 4 years.  Stories are offered some weeks except school vacations and snow days. Some weeks there is no craft scheduled. See schedule posted in Children’s Room for craft and location details.

Kids CraftsThis program will be ending on May 16.






Not for preschool or daycare groups.

Pajama Story Time

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Pajama Story Time will take place at 6:30 p.m. once a month on Monday evenings. The sessions are April 24, May 8 .


Children ages 3 to 6 are invited to join Ms. Lisa for stories and snacks. Wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal friend. No registration is needed.


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.

ABC Mouse

abc mouse  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!