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 - 2pm
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.

Toddlers Music Program

shapeimage_4    Wednesday, April 29 at 10:30 a.m. 

Matt Heaton, the “Toddlerbilly Troubador”  will  perform a toddler music time rockabilly and surf soul, perfect for our really young patrons.   Kids will be singing and dancing along to this great performer!

        No registration is needed for this program, which will take the place of our regularly scheduled story time for the week.  For more information about Matt Heaton you can check his website at

Toto the Tornado Kitten

toto_11  Meet Toto the tornado kitten and hear his story. 

  Wednesday, April 22 at 3:00 p.m.


On June 2nd, 2011, about 24 hours after a tornado in western Massachusetts, an unknown tree worker brought little Toto to the Brimfield Fire Station, where Jonathan Hall was on duty with Brimfield Ambulance.  Toto, who was obviously very young and only weighed six ounces, was cold and hungry.  Toto was taken to the Animal Rescue League of Boston where, despite being critically ill from his tornado ordeal, was passionately cared for and nursed back to health.  In August, Jonathan’s wife, Amy, surprised him and adopted Toto from the ARL. totonbook

Jonathan and Toto will be here to read from the book and allow children to visit with Toto.  He is now a grown cat and enjoys being petted by children.  Books will be available for purchase and can be “Pawtographed” by Toto.   The program is suitable for children ages 4 and up.

Please bring a donation of canned or dry cat food to be donated to a local shelter.  Proceeds from book sales will be donated to local animal shelters.


Music & Stories with Marcy Yellin

JOIN US ON Monday April 13 at 10:30 a.m.marcy for Pre-school Music with Marcy Yellin.

  A fun program including music, stories & movement for children ages 3 to 5.  Join Marcy and Izzi for a great time!  This program will take the place of the regular Monday Story Time Program.


Elementary Einsteins Science Club

flask-311650_1280Have 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 next 2 meetings are Mondays,  April 13 and 27 at 3:00 p.m. Registration is required.  Call us for more information.  THIS PROGRAM IS FULL FOR NOW, CALL TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITING LIST.

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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.

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.


Infant and toddler story and play time.parents-books

Thursdays February 19, March 19 and April 16 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)

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The CFCE also offers an Ages & Stages Screening Tool for Parents.  Call them at 781-595-2870 x242 for Dates, Times & More Information.

Pre-School Crafts

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.Kids Crafts

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.