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.: 10 am - 2 pm
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.


Swizzles Frozen swizzle_logoYogurt, 435 Paradise Road in Vinnin Square, 781-595-1950, will have a fund-raiser for the Friends of the Library on Thursday, April 24th from 1pm to 4pm.

 A portion of their profits for that day will be donated to the Friends.

Children’s Librarian Izzi Abrams and singer Marcy Yellin will present a musical & story program at the store from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m.  Drop in for a fun and sweet afternoon!

I Can Readathon!


The Children’s Room is sponsoring an “I Can Readathon!” to promote early literacy.  This program has been developed for children who are learning to read to encourage independent reading. 

Beginning readers will pledge to read every day during the month of May and can chart their success with a special reading calendar.   Reading calendars will be available beginning on April 21. You can also check out the website, www.icanread.com/

All children who complete the reading challenge will be awarded a certificate of completion and may choose a free paperback book to enjoy at home.

CBW-anniversary2_FINALDuring Children’s Book Week, May 12 to 18, stop in and pick up some coloring sheets to take home.  On Tuesday, May 13 come to the Children’s Room at 3:00 and make a special bookmark.




Fall Storytime Programs

                         Learning to grow through story & song.

Mondays at 10:30 A.M. for ages 2 to 5

  Wednesdays at 10:30 A.M. for ages 1 to 3

Programs will begin the week of January 27 and continue through the week of May 19.

A story time program that is perfect for groups of siblings or friends. This activity consists of stories, songs and finger plays and action rhymes designed to encourage early literacy. Librarians will present 20 to 30 minutes of stories and songs that will tickle, delight, and amuse. After Storybook Fun the children are encouraged to play and socialize. All ages can join in the fun!
All children attending this program must be accompanied by a parent or other adult who will sit with them and participate in the activities. No registration is needed.
There will be no programs during school vacations or when Swampscott Public schools are not in session.

Fridays at 10:30 A.M.

Parents with children ages 6 months to 2 years are invited to come to the library for an open play group. No formal program is presented, just a chance for the little ones to come to the library and enjoy the puppets, bead mazes, and board books.  This is a great opportunity for new moms to connect with other families. No registration is necessary.

Kids Fun Crafts


Join us on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Librarian Marie Epstein will present an arts & crafts program for preschoolers, ages 1 1/2 to 5 on consecutive Tuesday mornings.  No programs December 24 or 31.  We will resume on January 7.


Drop in anytime between 10:30 and 11:30 for a fun and creative morning!

There will be no programs during school vacations or when Swampscott Public schools are not in session.


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

We recently celebrated our first year of

 our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program.


We had stories, songs and refreshments and our special guest

Maisy the Mouse!


Our special guest Maisy!

Our special guest Maisy!

Maisy greets one of our guests.

Maisy greets one of our guests.

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We had fun making crowns and helmets!







This is an ongoing program and you may register your child at any time.  Please stop in the Children’s Room for more information.


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.

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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.