Children's Programs - Main Library

Children's Programs

For ages 2-12
Annual Gingerbread Festival | Stuffed Animal Sleepover

For Preschool Children
Halloween Parades at Storytimes
Dads and Donuts Storytime | Storytime with Story Teens
Fall Storytimes

For children in K-5
Halloween Party on Oct. 29

For grades Kindergarten-12th
Spooky Story Celebration

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

See the entire children's library calendar!


Join us for our annual Spooky Story Celebration

Our Spooky Story Celebration will take place at the Chelmsford Community Center (at Old North Hall), 31 Princeton St., North Chelmsford on Monday, October 27, at 6:30

The general public is invited to attend - even if you did not submit a Spooky Story for our contest.

There will be stories, music and snacks.



Halloween Storytime Parades

We will have a parade during each of our Storytimes the week of October 27-31.

Costumes are encouraged but are not required.

Halloween Party for ages 4-10 on Wednesday, October 29 at 4:30

Tricks, Treats and Crafts at the library to celebrate Halloween. Costumes are optional but they are encouraged.

Drop-in between 4:30 and 5:30 pm



Annual Gingerbread Festival

Saturday, December 6 at 10:30 am

Children ages 2 and up are invited to drop-in for stories, music, crafts and gingerbread cookies.





Chess Lessons for beginners and advanced beginners

Gwen Meins returns for chess lessons on Saturday, November 15.

Gwen was a junior chess champion and has been a youth coach for many years.

Beginners do not need to know anything about chess. Class begins at 9:30 with instruction and time to play.

Advanced beginners need to know basic rules and moves. This class begins at 11:15 and concentrates on strategies to win.

Children in grades K-4 must register beginning Saturday, November 1.


These classes are made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the Library.




Rainbow Loom Club on Tuesday, October 21 at 4:30 pm

Children ages 8 and up are invited to drop-in to the Rainbow Loom Club.

Bring your loom if you have one. We have lots of bands.

If you are a beginner, or don't own a loom, the library owns ones you can use.




Minecraft Club meets on Tuesday, October 28 at 4:30 pm

Show us what you've been up to in your Minecraft world. Bring a laptop or device if you have it. Beginners are welcome.

You may drop-in to this program if you are ages 8 and up only.




Storytimes with our Story Teens: 3rd Thursday of the month Sept-Dec

October's theme: Spooky Stories

November's theme: Thanksgiving

December's theme: Snowflakes







Lego Club this fall

Our Lego Club for children in grades Kindergarten-4 meets on the following days:

Saturday, November 1 at 10:30
Thursday, November 6 at 4:30
Thrusday, December 11 at 4:30

Children are invited to drop-in at these times.






Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Would your stuffed animals like to spend the night at the library with our stuffed animals?

They will get to walk around the library after the people go home, but we'll be sure they get a snack and a good night's sleep.

Please drop them off at the library on Thursday, December 18. They are invited to the Snowflake Storytime that night at 7:00 if they can make it. You can pick them up anytime on Friday, December 19.




Storytimes in the fall: September 29-December 19

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

Ages 12-18 months on Fridays at 11:00 am

Ages 12-30 months on Mondays at 10:00 am or Wednesdays at 11:00 am

Ages 2.5 - 5 years on Wednesdays at 10:00 am or Mondays at 11:00 am

Ages 4-6 years on Thursdays at 1:00 pm (These "big kids" attend without a care giver)

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

The MacKay Branch in N. Chelmsford has storytimes on Fridays at 10:30 for children ages 2 and up






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 current book is Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert.


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












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.