Children's Programs - Main Library

Children's Programs

For ages 2-12
Annual Gingerbread Festival | Stuffed Animal Sleepover

For Preschool Children
Picky Eaters? Come to a food demo
Dads and Donuts Storytime | Storytime with Story Teens
Bubble Dance Parties in September
Fall Storytimes

For children in K-5
Chess Lessons | Lego Club
Family Tea Party | Halloween Party on Oct. 29

For ages 8 and up
Rainbow Loom Club | Minecraft Club

For grades Kindergarten-12th
Spooky Story Contest and Spooky Story Celebration

The StoryWalk book is Growing Vegetable Soup written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert.

See the entire children's library calendar!


New trees at Sunny Meadow Community Gardens!

We planted trees on Friday, May 23 to honor the children who participated in our Summer Reading Program last year.

These trees are next to our StoryWalk, located around the Community Garden plots at Sunny Meadow.

The Sunny Meadow Community Garden is located on Robin Hill Road in South Chelmsford.

Betty Mae Flaherty, Patricia Brazee, Lyn Carey
(representing the Friends of the Library)
and Maureen Foley, Head of Children's Services.

Thank you to the Friends of the Library for the donation of 3 crabapple trees at Sunny Meadow Community Garden.

Thank you to Phil Stanway and the Chelmsford Open Space Stewards for assistance in planting the trees.


Food Demonstration Class for families with picky eaters

Saturday, September 6 from 10:30-11:30.

If your young child is a picky eater, come by the library to learn about textured pasta, colorful veggies and sample a smoothie that is delecious and nutritious. Children are invited.

You may drop-in to this program which is sponsored by Whole Foods.




Storytimes with our Story Teens: 3rd Thursday of the month Sept-Dec

September's theme: Harvest

October's theme: Spooky Stories

November's theme: Thanksgiving

December's theme: Snowflakes





Bubble Dance Parties are back on Wednesdays in September

Children ages 2 and up are invited to our special dances on Wednesday mornings.

Please note the New Time: 10:30 am

You may drop-in to this program.


Chess Lessons for beginners and advanced beginners

Gwen Meins returns for chess lessons on Saturday, September 20.

Gwen was a junior chess champion and has been a youth coach for many years.

Beginners do not need to know anything about chess. Class begins at 9:30 with instruction and time to play.

Advanced beginners need to know basic rules and moves. This class begins at 11:15 and concentrates on strategies to win.

Children in grades K-4 must register beginning Saturday, September 6.


These classes are made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the Library - whose Book Sale is Sept 19-21.




Rainbow Loom Club on Tuesday, September 16 at 4:30 pm

Children ages 8 and up are invited to drop-in to the Rainbow Loom Club.

Bring your loom if you have one. We have lots of bands.

If you are a beginner, or don't own a loom, the library owns ones you can use.




Minecraft Club meets on Tuesday, September 23 at 4:30 pm

Show us what you've been up to in your Minecraft world. Bring a laptop or device if you have it. Beginners are welcome.

You may drop-in to this program if you are ages 8 and up only.



Spooky Story Contest

Do you like to write spooky stories?

We are having a Spooky Story Contest for students in grades K-12. Students are invited to submit an original story to the library by Friday, October 17, at 5 p.m. Please provide lots of spooky details. Be sure your story has a beginning, a middle and an end. We enjoy illustrations, but they are not necessary. Neatness counts - we need to be able to read it.

Winners will be announced at our Spooky Story Celebration on Monday, October 27, at 6:30. The celebration will take place at the Chelmsford Community Center, 31 Princeton St., North Chelmsford.






Family Tea Party on Saturday, October 11 at 2:00

Children ages 6-12 are invited to a special tea party at the library. Bring your friends and family! First we'll make tiny tea sandwiches and arrange them all on trays. Then we'll sit down and have snacks together.









Halloween Party for ages 4-10 on Wednesday, October 29 at 4:30

Tricks, Treats and Crafts at the library to celebrate Halloween. Costumes are optional but they are encouraged.

Drop-in between 4:30 and 5:30 pm





Lego Club this fall

Our Lego Club for children in grades Kindergarten-4 meets on the following days:

Saturday, October 4 at 10:30
Thursday, October 9 at 4:30
Saturday, November 1 at 10:30
Thursday, November 6 at 4:30
Thrusday, December 11 at 4:30

Children are invited to drop-in at these times.





Annual Gingerbread Festival

Saturday, December 6 at 10:30 am

Children ages 2 and up are invited to drop-in for stories, music, crafts and gingerbread cookies.






Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Would your stuffed animals like to spend the night at the library with our stuffed animals?

They will get to walk around the library after the people go home, but we'll be sure they get a snack and a good night's sleep.

Please drop them off at the library on Thursday, December 18. They are invited to the Snowflake Storytime that night at 7:00 if they can make it. You can pick them up anytime on Friday, December 19.




Storytimes in the fall: September 29-December 19

Ages 0-12 months on Fridays at 10:00 am

Ages 12-18 months on Fridays at 11:00 am

Ages 12-30 months on Mondays at 10:00 am or Wednesdays at 11:00 am

Ages 2.5 - 5 years on Wednesdays at 10:00 am or Mondays at 11:00 am

Ages 4-6 years on Thursdays at 1:00 pm (These "big kids" attend without a care giver)

PJ Storytimes for the whole family are offered every week in the summer on Thursdays at 7:00 pm






StoryWalk update...

The library has installed a StoryWalk at Sunny Meadow Community Gardens on Robin Hill Rd. Pages from a picture book are laminated, attached to stakes and positioned along a short trail.

The current book is Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert.


*The StoryWalk™ concept was created by Anne Ferguson and developed in cooperation with the Kellogg Hubbard Library and the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition.












Dads and Donuts Storytime: the 2nd Saturday of every month

Children ages 2 and up are invited to attend a special storytime each month. On the 2nd Saturday at 10:30am, Dads are invited to bring their children to hear stories and songs and end with a snack.

Although dads are in the majority in this storytime, moms and other relatives are always invited.

You may drop-in to these storytimes.

This program is supported by The Chelmsford Friends of the Library and The Family Resource Network.






PARTNERS in early literacy at storytime

Participation is Important!
Arrive early
Relax and respond
Time for adult/child bonding
No chit chat
Electronic devices off
Respect others in the group
Special circumstances? Tell us.


Visit our storytime page for more information.