Swampscott Public Library | Children's Room | 61 Burrill Street | Swampscott, MA 01907 | Phone: (781) 596-8867 | swa@noblenet.org

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Childrens Room Hours

Mon.&Wed.:10 am - 6 pm
Tues.: 10 am - 8:30 pm
Thurs.: 1 pm - 6 pm
Fri.: 10 am - 1 pm
Sat.: Closed
Sun.: Closed


Welcome to the Swampscott Public Library Children's Room

The Children's Room at the Swampscott Public Library is located in the lower level of the library. It is a wonderful space for children ages infant to pre-teen and their parents to learn and grow in all kinds of fun ways.

Back Pack Safety


Dr. Angela O’Brien of Full Potential Chiropractic of Swampscott will present a Back Pack Safety program at the Swampscott Public Library on Wednesday, September 10th from 5:30-6:30pm. Dr. O’Brien will discuss the 4 steps that parents and students need to know to avoid back strain.

A native of Swampscott, Dr. O’Brien attended Northeastern University then went on to graduate summa cum laude from Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport Iowa in 1984.

Dr. O’Brien will provide pizza and healthy snacks for those who attend the program. For additional information contact Dr. O’Brien at 781-593-2388. Both parents and students are encouraged to attend.

Summer Reading Wrap-up!

We have had a great summer here in the Children’s Room, with over 130 children signed up for our Fizz! Boom! Read! program.  At our final program Jenny the Juggler we drew the raffle winners.


But everyone was a winner as all readers won passes to the Topsfield Fair and a certificate for a free “Make your own Pizza” at Uno’s Restaurant in Swampscott.  If you were unable to attend the closing event please come in any time until September 4 to pick up your certificate and prizes.  Any Topsfield Fair prizes not claimed by that date must be returned to the fair.

We want to thank the Friends of the Library for sponsoring our summer programs. 

We would also like to thank The Swampscott Cultural Council, Chipotle Mexican Grill, and Uno’s Pizzeria and Grill for supporting our activities.  A great big thank you also goes to all the people who volunteered during our summer programs.  From assisting with crafts, shelving books, and more–we couldn’t do it without you!

Fizz! Boom! Read! was sponsored by the Swampscott Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System,
the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.







Back to school books


Time to sharpen those pencils!

August is “National Back to School Month”!

Get the school year off to a good start with these back-to-school books.
From first day jitters to making new friends these books give insight into the many aspects of a typical, or in some cases, not so typical school day.  There is a display of these books in the Children’s Room and we will be happy to place a hold if they are checked out.

Bloch, Serge Butterflies in my stomach & other school hazards
Carlson, Nancy L. First grade, here I come!
Carlson, Nancy L. Look out kindergarten, here I come!
Carlstrom, Nancy White It’s your first day of school, Annie Claire
Child, Lauren I am too absolutely small for school
Civardi, Anne Going to school
Codell, Esmé Raji It’s time for preschool!
Dannenberg, Julie First grade jitters
Davis, Katie Kindergarten rocks!
De Groat, Diane Brand-new pencils, brand-new books
Grindley, Sally It’s my school
Harper, Jamie Miss Mingo and the first day of school
Harper, Jessica A place called Kindergarten
Hays, Anna Jane Kindergarten countdown
Hennessy, B. G. Mr. Ouchy’s first day of school
Horse, Harry Little Rabbit goes to school
Johnston, Tony Off to kindergarten
Kleven, Elisa The apple doll
Mackall, Dandi First day
Martin, Ann Rachel Parker, Kindergarten show-off
Martin, Bill , Jr. Kitty cat, kitty cat, are you going to school?
Mayer, Mercer The first day of school
McCarty, Peter Henry in love
McCourt, Lisa Ready for kindergarten, Stinky Face? (jE)
McGhee, Alison Countdown to kindergarten
Neubecker, Robert Wow! school!
Parish, Herman Amelia Bedelia’s first day of school
Parr, Todd Otto goes to school
Preller, James A pirate’s guide to first grade
Price, Louise Louise the big cheese & the back to school
Rockwell, Anne F First day of school

Rodman, Mary Ann First grade stinks!
Ryan, Pam Muñoz Tony Baloney : school rules
Scotton, Rob Splat the cat
Steinberg, David Kindergarten, here I come!
Stewart, Amber Puddle’s new school
Vernick, Audrey Is your buffalo ready for kindergarten?
Wells, Rosemary Get set for kindergarten
Wells, Rosemary My Kindergarten
Wells, Rosemary Yoko writes her name
Wing, Natasha The night before first grade
Wing, Natasha The night before preschool
Winget, Susan Tucker’s four-carrot school day
Wright, Michael Jake starts school
York, Sarah Emily’s first day of school (Parent shelf)
Yum, Hyewon Mom, it’s my first day of kindergarten!
These are all located in the jP section unless noted.

Pre-School Crafts

Tuesday Mornings at 10:00 we have a craft and story program for children ages 2 to 4. 

Join Miss Jen each week for a fun activity.  No registration is needed.

New Library Passes — Einstein’s Workshop

einstein-logoThe library now offers passes to Einstein’s Workshop in Burlington, Mass.

Einstein’s Workshop is an amazing space for kids and adults to explore the creative side of science, technology, engineering, and math through a large engaging drop-in space.  These passes were donated by Einstein’s Workshop and may be reserved and checked out like the other library passes.

Einstein’s workshop is located at:

25 Adams Street
Burlington, MA 01803

 Explore Our Indoor Playspace!

Imagine an enormous room filled with toys: LEGOs, K’nex, Zome, magnetic blocks, wooden, stone, and cardboard blocks, electronics kits, puzzles, board games, and computer games. That’s our indoor playspace – an indoor playground where kids and adults come to build and create together.

What You Can Do in our Playspace



LEGO Mindstorms

Anker Blocks


Kapla Blocks

Snap Circuits

Cardboard Blocks

Our Toddler Space

3D Printer

80-watt Laser Cutter

Games, Books, Puzzles

Playspace Hours

Regular Drop-In Hours:

*NOTE: Parents are required to accompany children who have not previously taken classes in LEGO Mindstorms, LEGO WeDo, and Snap Circuits when using these stations.

1000 Books before Kindergarten

"Thanks to the Southington Library & Museum for the use of this logo"

“Thanks to the Southington Library & Museum for the use of this logo”

We are offering a special program for young children called

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.




1.      This program is designed for families with children birth through age 5.

2.      Sign up in the Children’s Room to receive your reading journal (only 1 journal will be given per family) and book bag.

3.      Record each book read. Repetition is good, so you may record a favorite book more than once.

4.      Pick out books you enjoy and have fun reading together (use expression!). Find a time when you and your child are in a good mood to read. Reading together should never be a chore.

5.      Each time you read 100 books, bring in your reading journal to the library.  You will receive:

    • two stickers – one for your book and one for the library wall
    • your next set of pages for your reading journal
    • at 500 books, you will also receive a library magnet.
    •  Visit the library often and discover the wonderful variety of books to check out and read together.

6.      You may read books from anywhere:  the library, from home, preschool, etc.  You may also count books read at Story time programs at the library or school.

7.      Don’t be daunted! Just 3 books a day amounts to 1000 books in 1 year, and this program is designed to give you time over a few years to meet your goal.

After finishing 1000 Books, your child will receive a certificate of achievement and an invitation to a “graduation” party in January.  During the party the children who have completed the program during the previous year will be honored with a special story time, snack and a group photo.

Once you have read 1000 books, you are finished with the program.  Please continue to read together, and feel free to add your own pages to the journal if you wish.

"Thanks to the Southington Library & Museum for allowing us the use of this graphic"

Tumblebooks: ebooks for kids

The Library now subscribes to Tumblebooks, which are animated, talking picture books for children. Tumblebooks start with an existing children’s book then add motion, music, and narration to make a new experience that children are sure to enjoy. The collection includes story books, read-a-longs, games, and non fiction books.

Click on Tumblebooks to get started enjoying these great books. To log in you will need a library card and password. You can get these at the Main Desk of the Library if you don’t already have them. You will also need the Flash plugin which can be downloaded for free at AdobeYou need to be a resident of Swampscott to access Tumblebooks.