Children's Programs - Main Library

Children's Programs

Blades, the Bruins mascot, will visit on Friday, Aug. 8 at 4:30
see more info below

For Preschool Children
Dads and Donuts Storytime
Summer Storytime Schedule

Summer Programs for Elementary School Children
Crafts | Summer Concerts | Movies
One Man Circus | Stuffed Animal Sleepover | Jungle Encounters
Rainbow Loom Party | Harry Potter birthday | Dinoman
Minecraft | Science Magic | Making Ice Cream
Elephant and Piggie Party

The new StoryWalk book is Growing Vegetable Soup written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert.

See the entire library calendar!


New trees at Sunny Meadow Community Gardens!

We planted trees on Friday, May 23 to honor the children who participated in our Summer Reading Program last year.

These trees are next to our StoryWalk, located around the Community Garden plots at Sunny Meadow.

The Sunny Meadow Community Garden is located on Robin Hill Road in South Chelmsford.

Betty Mae Flaherty, Patricia Brazee, Lyn Carey
(representing the Friends of the Library)
and Maureen Foley, Head of Children's Services.

Thank you to the Friends of the Library for the donation of 3 crabapple trees at Sunny Meadow Community Garden.

Thank you to Phil Stanway and the Chelmsford Open Space Stewards for assistance in planting the trees.


Summer Fun begins in July

Crafts on Tuesday mornings for ages 6 and up

Children who attended Elementary School (or were homeschooled) are invited to our craft sessions on Tuesday mornings at 10:30. These are drop-in programs, but it is best to come at 10:30 for directions.



StoryWalk update...

The library has installed a StoryWalk at Sunny Meadow Community Gardens on Robin Hill Rd. Pages from a picture book are laminated, attached to stakes and positioned along a short trail.

The spring book is Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert.

Maybe you can start your own vegetable garden!

*The StoryWalk™ concept was created by Anne Ferguson and developed in cooperation with the Kellogg Hubbard Library and the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition.

Storytimes in the summer: July 2 - August 15

Ages 0-12 months on Fridays at 10:00 am

Ages 12-30 months on Mondays at 10:00 am

Ages 2.5 - 5 years on Wednesdays at 10:00 am

PJ Storytimes for the whole family are offered every week in the summer on Thursdays at 7:00 pm













Thursday Movies at 2:00 pm for ages 8 and up

Despicable Me, Monsters, Inc., and Frozen are just some of our feature films.

Children ages 8 and older are invited to drop-in from July 10 to August 7.







Circus Minimus on Thursday, July 24 at 10:30 am

Kevin O'Keefe is a one-man circus in a suitcase. You've got to see it to believe it! Drop in for ages 6 and up.






Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the library on Thursday, July 24

Please drop off your stuffed animals on Thursday July 24 between 9:30am and 8:45pm. We will be sure to get them to sleep before the library closes.

Stuffed animals can be picked up any time on Friday July 25.

Don't forget PJ Story Time on Thursday July 24 @ 7pm and Stuffed Animal Story Time on Friday July 25 @ 10:30am!





Small Bobcat




Jungle Encounters: Small Wild Cats

Children under age 6 years old will not be admitted to this show! (It's in the contract.)

Meet some wild cats and learn about these fascinating felines in this live animal show on Saturday, July 26 at 10:30 am.

The audience needs to be silent during this program in order not to scare the cats.







Rainbow Loom Party for ages 8-18 on Tuesday, July 29 at 2:00 pm

Bring a loom if you have one and show us what you can do! Beginners are welcome! We'll provide a few looms and the bands, you bring your ideas!











Harry Potter's Birthday is on July 31, and we're having a birthday party at 10:30 am.

Join us for this annual event. Games, crafts, activities, and of course-- cake! Drop in for ages 6 and up.








Dinoman will be at the library on Saturday, August 2 at 10:30 am

Meet a life-size (inflatable) dinosaur here in the library, and learn more about these fascinating reptiles.

This program is appropriate for children ages 6 and up.








Minecraft Club meets on Tuesday, August 5 at 2:00 pm

What have you been working on all summer? Show us what you've been up to in your Minecraft world. Bring a laptop or device if you have it! Beginners are welcome.

This program is for ages 8 and up only.






Science Magic on Thursday, August 7 at 10:30 am

The Museum of Science brings us this program that explores the science behind some classic magic tricks. Drop in for ages 6 and up.




Blades, the Bruins' mascot, will visit the Main Library on Friday, August 8 at 4:30 pm.

All ages may drop-in to this program.

We will read a story about Blades, do a simple craft and have time to take a photo.


The Boston Bruins are a major sponsor of the summer reading program for children.






Make Your Own Ice Cream on Thursday, August 14

This popular activity returns! Make your own delicious vanilla ice cream! For ages 6 and up. Space is limited. Registration begins July 31. Sign-up online or call us at 978-256-5521 x4

We have 2 sessions at the Main Library (and 1 session at the MacKay Branch on Friday, August 8.)












An Elephant and Piggie Party! on Saturday, August 16 at 10:30 am

Help us end our summer programs as we celebrate all things Elephant and Piggie, based on Mo Willems' popular books. Stories, crafts, games, and snacks! Drop in for ages 5 and up.








Dads and Donuts Storytime: the 2nd Saturday of every month

Children ages 2 and up are invited to attend a special storytime each month. On the 2nd Saturday at 10:30am, Dads are invited to bring their children to hear stories and songs and end with a snack.

Although dads are in the majority in this storytime, moms and other relatives are always invited.

You may drop-in to these storytimes.

This program is supported by The Chelmsford Friends of the Library and The Family Resource Network.






PARTNERS in early literacy at storytime

Participation is Important!
Arrive early
Relax and respond
Time for adult/child bonding
No chit chat
Electronic devices off
Respect others in the group
Special circumstances? Tell us.


Visit our storytime page for more information.