Kids’ Blog

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. www.chelmsfordlibrary.org
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  
Play With Your Child! (2/21/2017) - Encourage “pretend play.”                       For example, use a block to represent another object such as using the block to be a telephone.
Sing with Your Child! (2/14/2017) - Sing with your child any chance you can- at home, in the car, during a walk, while doing chores.
Write With Your Child! (2/7/2017) - Have your child draw a picture and then dictate the story to you while you write out the words. 
Read With Your Child! (1/31/2017) - Have a variety of books located around the house where your child can access them by him or herself.
Yoga Programming Update (1/22/2017) - Thank you so much to all of our patrons who supported our recent addition of yoga programs for children! We had great attendance and received wonderful feedback, so we’re going to make yoga part of our regular programming beginning in February! Baby Yoga on Wednesdays at 10am will replace Preschool Storytime, but don’t worry! There are … Continue reading Yoga Programming Update
Play With Your Child! (1/17/2017) - Act out a story together, using puppets, people or toys.  Drape a sheet over a few chairs to make a performance area.
Sing With Your Child! (1/10/2017) -      Play a variety of music at different times of the day.  Expose children to your favorites along with traditional children’s songs.
Write With Your Child! (1/3/2017) - Have writing implements accessible for children, including crayons, markers, pencils and a variety of paper, both lined and unlined.
Read With Your Child! (12/29/2016) - Have a variety of books located throughout the house where your child can access them by him or herself.
Play Area Upgrade! (12/28/2016) - Noticed anything different about the Children’s Room? If you’ve visited lately, you might have seen that we rearranged the physical layout of our Play Area… …to make space for the… NEW TOYS! The Children’s Department at CPL recognizes the importance and value of play in children’s learning and development. We are so happy to have a … Continue reading Play Area Upgrade!
Talk With Your Child! (12/20/2016) - Read with humor and expression in your voice. Use different voices for different characters.
Toddler Storytime, Friday, December 16 (12/16/2016) - We warmed up quickly today during Toddler Storytime with lots of movement and dancing, just what toddlers want to do!  They were energetic today, moving all about and really enjoyed going after the bubbles. We read the classic book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  Lots of us left hungry!  There are so many … Continue reading Toddler Storytime, Friday, December 16
Baby Storytime, Friday, December 16 (12/16/2016) - The weather was very cold outside, but inside we gathered for a warm and wonderful baby storytime together!  We spent a lot of time sharing stories about the babies and finding out what is going on in everyone’s lives.  It is always great to hear the milestones and struggles going on while caring for a … Continue reading Baby Storytime, Friday, December 16
Books for Toddlers on Wed., Dec. 14 (12/14/2016) -   We had a great group for our final storytime of the fall/winter session. Don’t forget that storytime is on a break until January 23rd, 2017! Today’s toddler storytime featured three books, in addition to all of our rhymes, songs, marching, and more! We started with Mem Fox’s Hello Baby! in which a series of baby … Continue reading Books for Toddlers on Wed., Dec. 14
Books for Preschoolers on Wed., Dec. 14 (12/14/2016) - Today’s storytime was so much fun – what a fun final meeting for our fall session! Remember, this Friday is the last day of storytime until Monday, January 23rd when our winter/spring session begins. 🙂 In the meantime, we’ll be offering children’s programs for all ages, including children’s yoga classes! Check our Children’s Event Calendar for more … Continue reading Books for Preschoolers on Wed., Dec. 14
Play With Your Child! (12/13/2016) - Provide inexpensive props for your children to play with such as large boxes, old clothes, costumes for dress up, empty food containers, paper shopping bags and empty paper towel tubes.
Books for 4-6 year olds on Tuesday, December 13 (12/13/2016) - It was a mixed bag at storytime today, as we read some books that were new to me, as well as some old favorites.  Today was the last “big kid” storytime until next year!  We will resume on January 24.  Whichever December holidays you celebrate, may they be filled with family, friends, and of course– … Continue reading Books for 4-6 year olds on Tuesday, December 13
New Programs in the New Year: Children’s Yoga! (12/12/2016) - Try something NEW this New Year! I will be offering a series of children’s yoga classes for various age groups during the upcoming winter storytime break in January 2017. Check out our Children’s Event Calendar to see dates and times. You might be asking yourself, What is yoga? What place does yoga have in the library? Why children’s yoga? Excellent … Continue reading New Programs in the New Year: Children’s Yoga!
Dads and Donuts, Saturday, December 10 (12/10/2016) - Lots and lots of dads (and moms and grandparents and others) joined us today for a fun and spirited storytime, complete with books, songs and refreshments! These are the books we read, with the catalog description of each story.  You can click on the picture of each book to see if it is in at … Continue reading Dads and Donuts, Saturday, December 10
Toddler Storytime, Friday, December 9 (12/10/2016) - Imagine over 20 toddlers (and their caregivers) all sitting on the rug listening intently to a story, so immersed in the text that you could hear a pin drop!  That’s what a Sandra Boynton story will do until …  everyone starts smiling and laughing and “mooing.”  Today’s story, Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton, is one … Continue reading Toddler Storytime, Friday, December 9
Baby Storytime, Friday, December 9 (12/10/2016) - All the babies seemed to be having a great time today, with lots of smiles, giggles and laughs.  Today’s story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle will carry you through many many years of reading and rereading.  The story is beautiful in itself, with great repetition to allow a little one to eventually “read … Continue reading Baby Storytime, Friday, December 9
Books for Preschoolers on Wed., Dec. 7 (12/7/2016) - Today’s storytime had a sweet theme: cookies! We started with Karma Wilson’s The Cow Loves Cookies. While the animals on their farm enjoy eating their daily hay, corn, and slop, the cow loooooves cookies! Next we read The Ducklings Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems. Poor Pigeon can’t catch a break! Meanwhile, Duckling gets cookies just by asking … Continue reading Books for Preschoolers on Wed., Dec. 7
Books for Toddlers on Wed., Dec. 7 (12/7/2016) - We had fun with books and songs about the number ten today. Mem Fox’s Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes showed us all different kinds of babies who have the same ten little fingers and toes. This is a great early book that showcases both the beautiful diversity and commonalities among human beings. 🙂   … Continue reading Books for Toddlers on Wed., Dec. 7
Write With Your Child! (12/6/2016) - Have your child “write” a thank you note after receiving a gift.  This can be a drawing, dictated words or your child’s own writing.