Children's Programs - Main Library

Children's Programs

Spooky Story Contest
Book Groups
Fall Storytimes
Storm Water Pollution
Mad Hatter Tea Party

NEW: Library Lab Program

See the entire children's calendar!


Spooky Story Contest...


It's time for our annual Spooky Story Contest! Children in K-12th grade are invited to write a scary story.

* It must have a beginning, a middle and an end.

* Our judges like the stories to be scary.

* It does not need illustrations, but you can include them if you'd like.

* Neatness counts. Use your best printing, or type it.

The library will publish the grand prize winner's story and add it to our collection.

Stories are due on Friday, October 16th by 5:00 at either the Main Library or the MacKay Branch.
Include your name, phone number, grade and school.

We will have a Spooky Story Celebration at the Main Library on Monday, October 26 at 7:00 pm. There will be prizes for all authors, and we'll read the top 3 stories!



Our Fall Storytime schedule begins on Monday, October 5.

See our storytime page for all the details.





Storytimes with Story Teens:

News: The Story Teens will be offering storytimes on the 2nd Monday of the month this fall:

September 14, November 9 and December 14 at 7:00 pm

We will not meet on October 12 - due to the Columbus Day holiday

Families with young children are invited to drop-in to these storytimes.





Middle School Book Group on Monday afternoons

Children entering grades 5-8 are invited to discuss the Massachusetts Children's Book Award entries. Children who read 5 books from this list are eligible to vote for the winner.

All book discussions will begin at 4:15. Snacks will be served starting at 4:00.

We will discuss I Survived the Attacks on September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis on Monday, September 28.
We will discuss Wings of Fire: the Dragonet Prophecy by Tui Sutherland on Monday, October 19.
We will discuss A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff, on Monday, November 16.

Please register for these discussions beginning 2 weeks in advance.



Book Club on Thursdays in the fall

Jen Petro-Roy, our teen librarian, will be hosting a teen book club on the 3rd Thursday of the month for children in 5th - 12th grades. Rather than everyone reading the same book and discussing it, this group will talk about good books they've read.

You will get some free books to keep.

The book club meets at 4:00. You can drop-in.







A new afterschool STEM program for children in grades 3-5.

1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month this fall at 4:00 pm.

Registration required. See below for details.




Library Lab: Polymers on October 15

Learn about the many uses of polymers in the world around us,
then manipulate a polymer chain to create a bouncy ball.

Registration for grades 3-5 begins October 1



Storm Water Pollution Demonstration on Thursday, October 22 at 4:00

Christine Papadopoulos, an engineer from the Dept. of Public Works in Chelmsford, will present information on Storm Water Pollution.

Children will play with water, in a scale model, to see how far storm water is dispersed.



Library Lab: Candy Chemistry on November 5

Use up some Halloween leftovers with a bunch of science experiments featuring candy!

*** This program may not be appropriate for children with food allergies. Ask the children's staff for details. ***

Registration for grades 3-5 begins October 22



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.