Programs for School Aged Kids

Virtual Programs (July – August 2020)

Summer Crafts on Zoom

Tuesdays from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

This summer, we’re offering weekly craft kits to-go and meeting up to make them on Zoom! Be sure to register on the Events Calendar and pick up your craft kit at the curbside pickup table!


Virtual Summer Fun

Thursdays from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us virtually for summer fun every Thursday! We have a variety of program offerings, from performances to science programs, and even cooking classes! Check out our Events Calendar for specifics and registration information!

Summer Fun Concerts

Wednesdays from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us this summer for music, laughs, and stories online! Drop in for all ages. Concerts especially for families with young children are on July 15, 22, and 29. See our Events Calendar for more details!


Ongoing Programs 

These Programs are suspended until further notice due to COVID 19

The Construction Zone (Ages 3+)

Meets on the first Saturday of most months (check our events calendar). Come to the Construction Zone to play with a variety of building toys in an unstructured environment. Build whatever you can imagine with our assortment of materials for (almost) all ages! Featuring LEGO and DUPLO blocks, magnetic tiles, straws and connectors, Bunchems, and more! (Formerly known as LEGO Club.)

Mini Make-It

Meets on the third Wednesday of most months (check our events calendar). Join us each month to make and take home an awesome DIY project! This program is open to children in grades K-2 and their caregivers. Mini Make-It is registration only – be sure to sign up!

Make-It Junior

Meets on the second Wednesday of most months (check our events calendar). Join us each month to make and take home an awesome DIY project. This program is open to children in grades 3 and 4. Make-It Junior is registration only – be sure to sign up!

Image result for family craft Family Make-It at MacKay

Meets on the first Wednesday of most months (check our events calendar). Drop in for a quick craft at the MacKay Branch Library that will be fun for the whole family! All ages welcome; children under 6 must be accompanied by a parent.

Make-It Club (Grades 5-8 or homeschool equivalent)

Meets on the fourth Thursday of most months (check our events calendar). Welcome to The MIC (Make It! Club), where you’ll be able to make and take home an awesome DIY project, snack, or dessert each month. The Make-It Club is registration only – be sure to sign up!

Annual Special Programs

Stuffie Sleepover at the Library!

In March, you can bring one of your stuffed animals to the library for a sleepover party, and pick them up at our Stuffie Sleepover Storytime and Picnic. We’ll have cameras ready to capture everything the toys do when the library closes. Then we’ll have a special storytime where you’ll get to see the photos, and we’ll have a picnic with our stuffies!

June Cook Memorial Arbor Day Program

Join us in April for a very special Arbor Day Program! Kids will have an opportunity to do some hands-on learning about the natural world and what that they can do to respect and preserve it.

Dads & Ducks & Donuts

In June the Chelmsford Rotary Club will sponsor its Annual Duck Race, and the Children’s Room wants to get you ready with a special storytime! So waddle on down to the library for some tales that will get you quacking, and then join us in watching the Rotary’s Duck Race!

Teddy Bear Concert

Join us in June for our annual Teddy Bear Concert! Bring your bear, a blanket, and a picnic lunch to take outdoors afterward, weather permitting. All ages welcome!

Harry Potter Birthday Party

Every July we gather to celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday with games, activities, Hogwarts-themed decorations, and of course – cake! Grab your wand, don your robes, and join us in celebrating everyone’s favorite young wizard!

End of Summer Bash

Join us in August to celebrate the close of Summer Reading here at the library! Our teen volunteers will plan and set up a party with fun activities, crafts, and snacks. Start the school year off with a celebration!


International Dot Day Celebration

What can you create with just a dot? In September, celebrate your creativity by joining us in the Children’s Room for crafts, snacks, and of course, a reading of local author Peter Reynolds’ The Dot!

Spooky Story Contest (Grades K-8 or homeschool equivalent)

Every October, we invite kids in grades K-8 to participate in our Spooky Story Contest! Submit your stories in the Children’s Room! One author per story, and authors may submit one story each. Stories may be typed or neatly written, and should be spooky or scary in nature. Stories do not need to be illustrated. Winners will be selected for each grade, and celebrated at a special event in the Library!

Gingerbread Festival

In December, join us for our annual celebration with stories, songs, and crafts. Decorate a gingerbread cookie, too!