Children's Programs - Main Library

Children's Programs

For Preschool Children
Dads and Donuts Storytime
Storytime with Story Teens
Bubble Dance Parties in September

For children in K-5
Chess Lessons

For ages 8 and up
Rainbow Loom Club
Minecraft Club

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

See the entire children's 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.



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

September's theme: Harvest

October's theme: Spooky Stories

November's theme: Thanksgiving

December's theme: Snowflakes





Bubble Dance Parties are back on Wednesdays in September

Children ages 2 and up are invited to our special dances on Wednesday mornings.

Please note the New Time: 10:30 am

You may drop-in to this program.

Chess Lessons for beginners and advanced beginners

Gwen Meins returns for chess lessons on Saturday, September 20.

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, September 6.


These classes are made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the Library - whose Book Sale is Sept 19-21.



Rainbow Loom Club on Tuesday, September 16 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, September 23 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 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





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.


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





























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.