Programs for Young Children

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Weekly Virtual Storytimes: April-May 2020

Facebook Live Storytime with Deborah

Mondays & Fridays at 11 AM

A lively time of sharing rhymes, songs, and a few books!

Facebook Live Sing-Along with Sara

Wednesdays at 11 AM

A morning of movement and song for the whole family! Enjoy favorite tunes and discover new songs you will love in English and a variety of world languages.

Facebook Live PJ Storytime with Marty

Thursdays at 7 PM

Put on your PJs and grab your dinner or a bedtime snack and join Marty for an evening of stories and songs!
Zoom Baby Storytime with Deborah

Fridays at 9:30 AM – Registration Required

Join Deborah and fellow new parents on Zoom for a wonderful introduction to early literacy. Caregivers share parenting experiences with one another and bond with their babies through lap bounces, nursery rhymes, songs, and board books.

Make sure that if you’re going to participate your phone or computer’s microphone and camera are enabled. We will send you the link to the Zoom meeting space before the program at the email address that you provide at registration.

Facebook Live Dads & Donuts Storytime with Amy

Saturday, May 9th at 11 AM

Bring your own donuts to your computer as we do Dads and Donuts on Facebook Live! A storytime especially for dads and children ages 2 and up. Moms and other caregivers are always welcome.

Chelmsford StoryWalk

A self-guided nature trail with picture book pages along the way, for ages 2 and up. The StoryWalk is available dawn to dusk and is located at Sunny Meadow Community Garden. New stories are added every season! The Chelmsford StoryWalk is still open! Please be sure to practice physical distancing while enjoying the story and the beautiful trail. 

Weekly Drop-in Programs: Fall – Spring

Ages below are guidelines. Not sure which storytime is right for your child? Ask a children’s librarian!  Storytimes begin on Monday, January 13th!

These Programs are suspended until further notice due to COVID 19

Baby Storytime (Birth – pre-walking)

Open to babies not yet walking (no older siblings, please), this storytime is a wonderful introduction to early literacy. Caregivers share parenting experiences with one another and bond with their babies through lap bounces, nursery rhymes, songs, and board books. Fridays, 10am

Toddler Rhyme Time (1 & 2 years)

A lively time sharing rhymes, songs, and one or two books, this program is geared toward walking toddlers. Children should attend this program until they can sit quietly and listen to several stories before moving on to Preschool Storytime. Mondays, 10 am; Fridays, 11 am

Stay and Play (12 months+)

Listen to a story, do a craft, and spend some time in free play with a variety of toys. Unlike PlaySpace, there will not be specific activities tied to the story. Tuesdays, 10 am

PlaySpace (2 & 3 years)

Help bring books alive! Caregivers and children listen to a favorite story and then do a number of connected activities. Thursdays, 10 am

Check out our activity sheets below for some ideas to try at home:

Preschool Storytime (3 – 6 years)

Designed for children who are ready to sit quietly and listen to longer stories, this program features several picturebooks interspersed with fingerplays, action rhymes, and songs. Mondays, 11 am; Fridays at MacKay Library, 10:30am

Merrily we Sing Along (all ages)

Drop in for a lively morning of movement and song for the whole family! Enjoy favorite tunes and discover new songs you will love in English and a variety of world languages. Wednesdays, 11 am

Preschool Yoga Storytime with Nicole (3 – 5 years)

Nicole returns for a yoga storytime that blends books with creative movement; combining young children’s love of stories with their need to move their bodies. An active storytime featuring yoga poses, music, mindfulness, and more! Wednesdays, 10 am

Special Storytimes: Year Round

Dads and Donuts Storytime (2+ years)

logo-dadsanddonutsJoin us on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 10:30am for a special storytime. All caregivers are welcome, not just dads! We read stories, sing songs, and end with refreshments.

StorytimeTV (2+ years)

Airing nightly at 7pm on Chelmsford Telemedia (Comcast channel 22; Verizon channel 36). View the Storytime TV Archive.

StoryWalk (2+ years)

Storywalk is new & improved! We hope you’ll head over to Sunny Meadow Farm and check it out!