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.
Boston Bruins 8th Annual Pajama Drive
Swampscott Public Library is partnering with Cradles to Crayons and the Boston Bruins to provide new pajamas (sizes 4/5T – 18/20) for local children in need across the Commonwealth.
You can make a difference by bringing new pajama donations or checks made out to Cradles to Crayons to the library. We will have a collection box in the lobby for your donations.
Take Your Child to the Library Day
Saturday, February 7 is the fourth annual
“Take Your Child to the Library Day”.
Children’s librarians across the country have teamed up to encourage families to bring their children to the library on February 7, 2015. This is the fourth annual Take Your Child to the Library Day, a concept created by Nadine Lipman, a children’s librarian in Waterford, Connecticut. Sharon Colvin, chair of the Massachusetts Library Association Youth Services Section, says that “this is a great opportunity to encourage both existing library patrons and new families to bring their children to the library.”
We are celebrating Take Your Child to the Library Day by having a special craft program for children from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We will be making Valentines. Refreshments will be served, so drop in for some fun! While you’re here check out our great collection of books, DVD’s, CD’s or sign up for our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program, or get your child a library card. The Library will be open from 10:00 a.m until 2:00 p.m. on February 7 and families are encouraged to stop in anytime during the day even if they can’t make the scheduled activities.
Elementary Einsteins Science Club
Have you ever wondered how a rocket really works or what a black hole is?
What are those creatures in tide pools and why do they live there?
Can you build a crazy machine that completes a simple task or write a basic computer program?
Why not join the Elementary Einsteins–the library’s cool new science club for students in grades 1-3. We will meet on the second and fourth Monday of each month at the library for fun, snacks and STEM-based activities.
The first meeting is Monday, January 26th at 3:00 p.m. Registration begins on January 12.
Winter/Spring 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 26 and continue through the week of May 18.
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.
OPEN PLAY GROUP.
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.
TIME FOR TOTS
Infant and toddler story and play time.
Thursdays January 15, 29 and February 19 at 1:30 p.m.
This is a special interactive story time designed for children Infant to 18 months and their families / caregivers to enhance emergent literacy skills and instill a lifelong love of reading and learning. This program is limited in size so registration is required. Please call the Children’s Room at 781-596-8867 to register. (The program is sponsored by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant in collaboration with Francine Sudak, teacher with the Lynn Public Schools and the Swampscott Public Library)
The CFCE also offers an Ages & Stages Screening Tool for Parents. Call them at 781-595-2870 x242 for Dates, Times & More Information.
Feed Your Child’s Brain!
It’s never too early to start reading to your child.
Read Aloud 15 MINUTES is a non-profit organization that is working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care. When every child is read aloud to for 15 minutes every day from birth, more children will be ready to learn when they enter kindergarten, more children will have the literacy skills needed to succeed in school, and more children will be prepared for a productive and meaningful life after school.
Reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to improve a child’s readiness to read and learn.
By making 15 minutes of daily reading aloud the new parenting standard, we will change the face of education in this country.
For more information on this campaign check their website Read aloud 15 minutes.
Our craft program is moving back to 10:30 a.m. beginning September 23.
Each week Miss Jen will present a story and a fun activity. No registration is needed.
Recommended for children ages 18 months to 4 years.
1000 Books before Kindergarten
“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 Adobe. You need to be a resident of Swampscott to access Tumblebooks.