Kids’ Blog

Learn to Play Chess at the Library! (11/12/2019) - Hi kids! Do you love learning new games? Did you know you can come to the Library to learn how to play chess?! On Saturday, November 16th, we have 2 opportunities for kids ages 6+ to come and learn how to play chess! Registration is open now, so whether you are a brand-new beginner or … Continue reading Learn to Play Chess at the Library!
Check out Our Board Games! (11/4/2019) - Game On! You can now take home a board game from the Chelmsford Library! We’re starting with 50+ games for all ages, with a mix of classic and modern games. Patrons cane take home a game for three weeks, and renew it twice if no one is waiting. There are no limits on how many … Continue reading Check out Our Board Games!
Attention Makers! (11/1/2019) - Hi friends! Do you love being creative and learning new skills? Then Chelmsford Public Library is the place for you! We have a lot of fun & creative opportunities coming up for all kids & teens this November. Check them out! Family Make-It at the MacKay Library – Wednesday, November 6th from 4:00 pm – … Continue reading Attention Makers!
Spooky Story Contest! (10/11/2019) - Hi friends! Don’t forget to submit your spooky stories for our contest – we will be accepting them until October 15th, so if you haven’t written one yet, now is the time! Anyone in grades K – 8 can submit. All stories must have a beginning, middle, and end and be spooky/scary. Feel free to … Continue reading Spooky Story Contest!
International Dot Day at the Library! (9/13/2019) - Hello friends! We hope you will join us for our special Dads & Dots & Donuts storytime on Saturday September 14th at 10:30 am! We will have our usual Dads & Donuts storytime, open to all kids and their caregivers, with a reading of Chelmsford author Peter Reynolds’ The Dot, donut holes and snacks, coffee … Continue reading International Dot Day at the Library!
Children’s Room Closed Monday 9/9 – Thursday 9/12 (9/6/2019) - Attention kids, parents, and caregivers! The Children’s Room will be CLOSED Monday September 9th – Thursday September 12th. Children’s staff will still be available to answer your questions, make recommendations, and help you find materials. We hope you will join us to play, read, and do homework in the McCarthy Meeting Room in the interim, … Continue reading Children’s Room Closed Monday 9/9 – Thursday 9/12
New Storywalk! (4/23/2019) - Spring is here, and with it a fresh new Story Walk! πŸ™‚ We hope you will take a moment to head over to Sunny Meadow Farm and check it out. Our new story is Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson, a beautiful interactive tale about how a seed grows into a flower. At the … Continue reading New Storywalk!
Make-It Jr.: Shrinky Dinks! (4/3/2019) - Hey friends in 3rd and 4th grade! Register today for Make-It Jr., a fun maker program where you can learn new skills and take home a cool project! On Wednesday, April 10th at 4:15 we’ll be making wearable art using shrinky dink plastic – you’ll get to see your design shrink down to 2/3 its … Continue reading Make-It Jr.: Shrinky Dinks!
Reunited and it Feels So Good! (3/16/2019) - Everyone's stuffed animals of fun while they were at the library--and tons of wild adventures, too! Check this post to see what all the stuffed animals did while they spent two whole nights at the library.
Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Library! (2/26/2019) - Hey kids! Have you ever wondered what happens at the library overnight? Well, your trusted stuffie friends can find out at the Stuffed Animal Sleepover! Stop by the Children’s Room on Thursday, March 14th from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm to drop off your cuddly buddies. Our teen volunteers will be here to help you … Continue reading Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Library!
Mini Make-It: Slime! Wednesday, February 6th at 4:15 (2/5/2019) - Hi friends! There is a new Maker Program starting up for kids in grades K-2 – Mini Make-It!Β  Join us each month to make and take home an awesome DIY project. This month we’ll be making colorful sparkly slime. This program is open to children in grades K-2 and their caregivers. Space is limited, so … Continue reading Mini Make-It: Slime! Wednesday, February 6th at 4:15
Take Your Child to the Library Day! (1/29/2019) - Parents & caregivers – We hope you & your kids will join us this Saturday, February 2nd for Take Your Child to the Library Day! From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, drop by the Children’s Room to pick up some books, color a bookmark, make a special pin, and join in the fun of our … Continue reading Take Your Child to the Library Day!
Matt Heaton Concert – Saturday, 1/26! (1/22/2019) - Join us for a special family concert at the Library! Matt Heaton will be performing in the Main Library’s McCarthy Meeting Room from 10:30 – 11:30 on Saturday, 1/26. No need to register – this is a completely drop-in event, and Matt’s fun blend of rockabilly, surf, and American roots music will have you tapping … Continue reading Matt Heaton Concert – Saturday, 1/26!
New Story Walk is here! (1/13/2019) - We have a new Story Walk installed at Sunny Meadow Farm! It is the Ezra Jack Keats classic, The Snowy Day. At the Story Walk, you can walk alongside Peter as he makes discoveries and finds new ways to play in the snow. So pull on your hood & mittens, and head over to check … Continue reading New Story Walk is here!
New Program for Grades 3-4! (1/10/2019) - Hello and Happy New Year! We have an exciting new program to offer our 3rd and 4th graders! Beginning Wednesday, January 16th at 4:15, the Chelmsford Public Library will be offering Make-It Junior, a monthly opportunity to make and take home an awesome DIY Project. This month, kids will get to make some ooey-gooey slime! … Continue reading New Program for Grades 3-4!
Reminder: Storytime Winter Break (12/18/2018) - Hey folks! During this hectic time of year, it is easy to lose track of schedule changes, so this is just a small reminder that the Chelmsford Public Library will be taking a brief break from our regular storytime schedule from December 26th through January 13th. We do hope you’ll still stop by though! We … Continue reading Reminder: Storytime Winter Break
Family Make-It at MacKay – Mason Jar Luminaries! (12/4/2018) - Who doesn’t need a little light in their life this time of year? (Seriously, the sun set at 4:12 pm today!!!) Stop by the MacKay Library Wednesday December 5th from 4:00 – 5:00 and brighten your wintry days by making a mason jar luminary! All ages are welcome; children under 6 must be accompanied by … Continue reading Family Make-It at MacKay – Mason Jar Luminaries!
Feeling Thankful (11/19/2018) - We have a lot to be thankful for here in the Children’s Room – so much that we even made a bulletin board about it! Stop by this week to add a feather to our turkey, and let us say thank you for being such wonderful patrons!
Halloween & Spooky Stories (10/30/2018) - Hello friends! We can’t believe that tomorrow is Halloween! We at the Library want to give a great big THANK YOU to all our friends who submitted stories for our Spooky Story Contest! We know that not everyone was able to join us for the celebration this weekend, but if you entered the contest, please … Continue reading Halloween & Spooky Stories
Reminder! Wednesday Morning (10/23/2018) - Just a quick reminder for parents and caregivers – our regular Wednesday Children’s programs will not take place this Wednesday, Oct 24th, as the Governor’s Council will be using the McCarthy Meeting Room. We hope you will still do yoga, sing, and read stories on your own! And we’ll be back in action on Halloween! … Continue reading Reminder! Wednesday Morning
Stay & Play at the Library! (10/16/2018) - Do you have a baby, toddler or preschooler at home? Did you know that every Tuesday morning at 10:00 we have a free play program at the Library? Come check out Stay & Play! You can get to know new families, connect with other parents,Β  and your kids will get to play safely with some … Continue reading Stay & Play at the Library!
REACT Storytime October 10th at 4:15 (10/2/2018) - Hey folks! If you are signed up for our newsletter (which I hope you are because it is great!), you probably read about our new REACT series! Since civic engagement is important for everyone, we want to engage our younger patrons in learning and talking about important issues in our community. Hence – REACT Storytime! … Continue reading REACT Storytime October 10th at 4:15
New Story Walk coming Saturday! (9/26/2018) - Hello friends! This Saturday, September 29th, there will be a brand new Story Walk unveiled! Join us at 2:00 at the Sunny Meadow Community Garden to experience our new and improved Story Walk! The Library would like to give special thanks to Jordan Harris, of Girl Scout Troop 85000, who built the new and improved … Continue reading New Story Walk coming Saturday!
Talk Like a Pirate Day! (9/18/2018) - Arrrrr, mateys! Wednesday, September 19th be “International Talk Like a Pirate Day!” and we’re celebratin’ in the Children’s Room! Come by Wednesday afternoon at 4:15 for pirate stories, songs, snacks, and a craft! Feel free to dress in your favorite pirate garb, and practice your sea chanteys on the way over!
International Dot Day! (9/11/2018) - Friends and families! Come on down to the Main Library this Saturday, September 15th, for our International Dot Day Celebration! From 10:30 am to 1 pm, we will be celebrating creativity through activities inspired by local author & illustrator Peter Reynold’s picture book, The Dot. There will also be a storytime, snacks, and free giveaways … Continue reading International Dot Day!
Tomorrow – Family Make-it at MacKay! (9/4/2018) - Hello friends! If you’ve stopped by the Children’s Room Saturday or today, you’ve likely seen this little critter hanging out at the desk: It’s a book hedgehog! And you can come make one of your own at the MacKay Branch tomorrow afternoon at 4:00. No registration is required, so drop in & get crafty! πŸ™‚ … Continue reading Tomorrow – Family Make-it at MacKay!
Read to a Dog Raffle! (8/31/2018) - Attention kids! Have you always wanted to practice reading to a dog? Well, stop by the Children’s Room and enter our raffle to win a chance to read to Friday the Dog! 8 lucky winners will be chosen to read aloud to Friday the Dog on September 18th and October 18th. The raffle begins Saturday, … Continue reading Read to a Dog Raffle!
Meet your new Assistant Principal! (8/15/2018) - Attention Byam and Harrington parents and students! Byam and Harrington Elementary Schools’ new assistant principal, Betsy Dolan, will be doing 3 more Social Success Reading hours here at the library! Drop by the Children’s Room for any of the remaining sessions (I’m sure many of you Byam families were here yesterday morning! πŸ™‚ ) Harrington … Continue reading Meet your new Assistant Principal!
Author Visit with Jerry Pallotta! Thursday 8/9 at 10:30 am (8/7/2018) - There is nothing quite as exciting as meeting an author and hearing them read their own work! Come by the Main Library this Thursday, August 9th at 10:30 to meet the amazing author, Jerry Pallotta! Jerry will read to us from some of his classic picture books, and give us a glimpse of his new … Continue reading Author Visit with Jerry Pallotta! Thursday 8/9 at 10:30 am
Peace Out! Pajama Storytime Thursdays at 7:00 pm (7/31/2018) -   What could be cozier than a Pajama Storytime? Come to the Main Library Thursday nights at 7:00 pm for our Peace Out Pajama Storytime! PJs are not required (but we think they make everything more fun! πŸ˜‰ )