Kids’ Blog

Hatch the Chicks Update (7/19/2017) - Livestream Our chicks are almost ready to hatch! The action should start tomorrow, Thursday, July 20th, though it’s possible some chicks may start hatching earlier or later. We’ll have someone here from Drumlin Farm tomorrow at 10:30 am to explain more about the process of hatching, which can take a chick up to 36 hours! Can’t … Continue reading Hatch the Chicks Update
Play With Your Child! (7/18/2017) - Pick a letter from the alphabet and have everyone walk around the house and find items that begin with that letter. For example, if you pick the letter D, you might find a dog and a desk. 
Sing With Your Child! (7/11/2017) - Attend free and local concerts and performances. 
Write With Your Child! (6/27/2017) - Have blank books available for children to draw and write their own stories.
Great Podcasts for Kids (6/22/2017) - What are podcasts? Podcasts are audio files that can be downloaded to a computer or mobile device. (Despite the name, you don’t need an iPod to listen!) They are often produced as series to which listeners can subscribe to automatically download new episodes. Who listens to podcasts? Podcasts are made on a variety of topics for all … Continue reading Great Podcasts for Kids
Read With Your Child! (6/20/2017) - Check out Storytimes on Chelmsford Telemedia (Comcast Channel 22 or Verizon Channel 36)
Talk With Your Child! (6/13/2017) - Talk with your child while grocery shopping. Talk about what you need to buy and what items you are looking for.  Use this time together in the store to talk to each other.
Play With Your Child! (6/6/2017) - Provide toys that represent the characters in a favorite book to act out or to extend the story in imaginative play.
Sing With Your Child! (5/30/2017) - While singing a rhyming song, stop before the rhyming word and allow your child to sing the word. For example “Twinkle, twinkle, little star. How I wonder what you__________.”
Updates from the Children’s Room (5/26/2017) - Programming Hiatus No storytimes in June?! Why such a long break? 🙁 We hear you, friends! The break between spring and summer storytimes is really long, but fear not! We have some really fun children’s programs coming up in June and our storytimes will begin again in July, which will be here before you know … Continue reading Updates from the Children’s Room
Write With Your Child! (5/23/2017) -  When your child presents you with a piece of work with “scribbles,” ask him or her what it says.
Read With Your Child! (5/16/2017) - Read books with your child that have rhyme, rhythm, and predictable text.
Talk With Your Child! (5/9/2017) - Talk to and with your child during the day.  Talk in the car, while waiting in line, during meals, while doing chores, etc.
Play With Your Child! (5/2/2017) - Make up a game to go with a book. For example, after reading an alphabet book, go for a walk to find different letters in nature. 
Reading Roundup (4/28/2017) - Baby Storytime Toddler Storytime     Preschool Storytime     Yoga Storytime   Early Literacy Tips of the Week Talk – Take advantage of the nice weather together: take a nature walk and talk about all the things you see. Use descriptive words to talk about the weather, the sights and sounds, the colors, everything around … Continue reading Reading Roundup
Sing With Your Child! (4/25/2017) - Turn a frustrating moment into a song. For example, “Pick your socks up off the floor.  Put them in the hamper by the door!”
The Library is Getting a New Catalog! (4/22/2017) -   Our new catalog is now live! Check it out at! Remember that all user account PINs have been reset to the last 4 digits of the phone number on file. Now that it’s up, we will be checking in all the materials returned these past few days! Please bear with us as we … Continue reading The Library is Getting a New Catalog!
Live Butterfly Release! (4/19/2017) -
Write With Your Child! (4/18/2017) -   Have your child help you to write out a grocery list. 
Reading Roundup (4/14/2017) - Baby Storytime Toddler Storytime     Preschool Storytime    Yoga Storytime   Early Literacy Tips of the Week Talk – After reading a book together, ask your child to tell you the story in their own words. Sing – “Little Bunny Foo Foo” is a fun seasonally appropriate song to sing (though I certainly sing … Continue reading Reading Roundup
Read With Your Child! (4/10/2017) - There is a huge variety of alphabet books available.  Allow your child to access these kinds of books regularly or make your own alphabet book.
Reading Roundup (4/8/2017) - Baby Storytime Toddler Storytime    Preschool Storytime         Yoga Storytime   Dads & Donuts     Early Literacy Tips of the Week Talk – Before beginning your day, talk about all the things you’re going to do together. “Today, we’re going to eat breakfast and then go grocery shopping. We’ll buy bread, milk, … Continue reading Reading Roundup
Talk With Your Child! (4/4/2017) - Point out “World to text” connections.  For example, when you serve a bowl of soup, you might say “It is just right,” like in Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Reading Roundup (3/31/2017) - These new weekly posts will share books we read in storytime, highlight some of our latest children’s books, and offer early literacy tips for pre-readers. Baby Storytime Toddler Storytime    Preschool Storytime      Yoga Storytime   New Books – Spotlight on Visual Literacy Visual literacy is the ability to interpret images and make meaning. Check out … Continue reading Reading Roundup
Play With Your Child! (3/28/2017) - Have puppets, dolls, and other toys available for pretend play.
Sing With Your Child! (3/21/2017) - Pick up a new CD from the library by an artist you are not familiar with and listen to it together or visit the CPL website.
Reading Without Walls Challenge (3/21/2017) - Get ready for the… What is it? Created by National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang, Reading Without Walls is designed to open readers’ eyes to the wide world around them, promoting diversity, new ideas, and new experiences. Gene challenges all readers–not just children–to read without walls! We’re inviting our young patrons to … Continue reading Reading Without Walls Challenge
Write With Your Child! (3/13/2017) - Collect photos of relatives and put them in a book with the name of each person.
Read With Your Child! (3/7/2017) - Label containers that hold your child’s things. For example, write “LEGOS” on a box that stores the Legos.  You an also include a picture of a Lego.
Storytime Blog Posts (2/27/2017) - Hello, friends! The Children’s Department is curious to find out how our readers (that’s you!) are using this blog. If you’re reading this, please take a moment to answer this (very) short survey. Your responses will help us make sure we continue to provide the best possible service for our patrons! Thank you, ~*Nicole