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.

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.

 

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!

1000 Books before Kindergarten

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.

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"