Programs for Young Children

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Weekly Storytimes

Beginning April 2022

If you have questions or feedback about our programs, feel free to send an email to Sara at sdempster@chelmsfordlibrary.org. We are doing our best to meet the needs of the community in a manner that prioritizes the well-being of our youngest patrons.

Outdoor Toddler Storytime (ages 1-2)

Mondays at 10:00 AM

Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair and join us on the Scoboria Greenway for shorter books, lots of rhymes, and songs with movement perfect for wiggly toddlers and their caregivers. This program will happen rain or shine, so wear your jacket and boots if the weather is wet!

Outdoor Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6)

Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair and join us on the Scoboria Greenway for books, songs, and fun for children ages 3-6. (Children younger than 3 are encouraged to attend the Toddler Storytime on Mondays at 10:00 or Fridays at 11:00.) This storytime will happen rain or shine, so wear your jacket and boots if the weather is wet!

Little Artists on Zoom (ages 3-5) – Registration Required

Tuesdays at 10:00 AM

Join us on Zoom to learn and create with your little one! Each week, we will read a story that relates to an artist, learn about their style, and then you will create an art piece together. Finally, show off your work (or work in progress) at the end of each session! Kits with materials will be provided and will be available for pick-up beginning one week before each event. Registration is required and opens 2 weeks before the event.

Virtual PJ Storytime (all ages)

Tuesdays at 7 PM on Zoom and Facebook Live

Put on your PJs, grab your dinner or a bedtime snack, and join us for a fun evening of stories, songs, and rhymes that will get you in the mood for bedtime!
Please note: to join on Zoom, you will need to have your camera on for the entire storytime.
Outdoor Singalong (all ages)

Wednesdays at 10:00 AM

Please join us on the Scoboria Greenway for 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. The Scoboria Greenway is located next to the library parking lot.

Please note: In case of inclement weather or temperatures below 25 °F, we will not meet for Sing Along. The event calendar will be updated if Sing Along is not meeting.

Indoor Singalong (all ages) – Registration Required

Wednesdays at 11:00 AM

Please join us for 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.

Registration is required. The McCarthy Meeting Room can accommodate 10 families while maintaining 6 ft of social distance. The librarian will be masked for this program.

Outdoor PlaySpace (ages 2-3)

Thursdays at 10:00 AM

Join our outdoor PlaySpace program for twos and threes to enjoy a story and then bring it to life with activities, crafts, and play! (Drop in, registration is not required.)

Outdoor Baby Storytime (ages 0 – walking)

Fridays at 10:00 AM

Join Deborah and fellow new parents on the Scoboria Greenway 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.

The Scoboria Greenway is located next to the library parking lot. Bring a blanket to sit on, and remember to wear sunscreen–or bring a parasol for extra shade! Registration is not required–drop in for some fun!

In the event of inclement weather, we will meet on Zoom, and the link will be posted in this event listing on the morning of storytime.

Outdoor Storytime (all ages)

Fridays at 11:00 AM

Join Deborah on the Scoboria Greenway for a fun morning of stories, songs, and rhymes! Anyone can attend this storytime including lots of books, rhymes, and songs with movement perfect for little ones. The Scoboria Greenway is located next to the library parking lot. Bring a blanket to sit on, and remember to wear sunscreen–or bring a parasol for extra shade! Registration is not required–drop in for some fun!

In the event of inclement weather, we will meet on Zoom, and the link will be posted in this event listing on the morning of storytime.

Outdoor Dads and Donuts Storytime (all ages)

Second Saturday of the month 10:00 AM

Children are invited to bring their favorite grownups to enjoy this special storytime outdoors on the Scoboria Greenway! Donuts, juice, and coffee will be provided.

In the event of inclement weather, we will meet on Zoom, and the link will be posted in this event listing on the morning of storytime.

 

StorytimeTV on Chelmsford Telemedia

Watch staff from the public library and public schools read picture books on The Chelmsford Library’s TV show. Tune into Chelmsford Telemedia every evening at 7:00 pm for stories on the Educational Channels: Comcast 22 or Verizon 36. There are times that live programming may be shown rather than the stories. Tune in again the next evening, or check CTM’s online schedule.

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!