The Newburyport Public Library Children's Room provides materials and programs for children and families from birth through sixth grade. We also provide assistance to teachers, caregivers, and others working with children. Services that we offer include: story times for various ages, school vacation programs, and Summer Reading programs.
The Children's Room collection contains picture books, board books, beginning readers, early chapter books, fiction books, non-fiction books, audio books in CD and Playaway formats, magazines, and DVDs. The Children's Room also provides three public computers with Internet access and word processing software.
Any child over the age of 5 who is a Newburyport resident may get a library card. A brief form must be filled out and a parent/guardian signature is required. If you have a library card from another certified Massachusetts library you may use it in the Newburyport Public Library.
We can assist children with choosing materials for school assignments and choosing books for book reports. We also welcome the opportunity to work in cooperation with area schools and teachers to meet curriculum requirements. Teachers may fill out our Assignment Alert Form to notify the library of upcoming assignments that will require library or online research.
The Children's Room has lists of suggested reading on various topics. For young children we maintain such lists on such topics as new baby, adoption, moving, and potty training, as well as a list of books with readalong CDs. For older children we maintain lists of books by genre, including Fantasy, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Adventure, and Mystery.
The Children's Room offers passes to the following museums: Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, Boston Children's Museum, Zoo New England (Stone or Franklin Park Zoos) and USS Constitution Museum. One museum pass per family per day may be reserved up to sixty days in advance. You may reserve your pass online using your library card number and PIN (usually the last four digits of your phone number). If you need to cancel a museum pass reservation please call the library at 978-465-4428 x235. (Please note that passes for the New England Aquarium are not available during July and August.)
All children 8 years old and younger must be accompanied and supervised by a parent/caregiver/other responsible adult (over the age of 14.) At the discretion of a responsible adult a child 9 years old or older may be left unattended for the period of time needed to select materials, complete a homework assignment, or attend a program. The child must know how to reach the responsible adult in case the need should arise.
We welcome classes to come and visit the library. Please call ahead to arrange a date and time so that the librarians can provide the best service and meet the needs of your class.
The Children's Room has a display case in which we showcase various collections. If you have a collection that you would like to show off, call or stop by to sign up. We maintain a list of children interested in providing a display and will call you when the next available month is free.
The library offers the story times listed below on a regular schedule between September and April. There is no registration for story times; simply pick up a ticket at the desk up to half an hour before story time begins. When school is cancelled due to weather, story times are also cancelled.
Non-walkers and their parents/caregivers. Enjoy special time with your baby as we learn songs, finger games, and stories.
One year old walkers and their parents/caregivers. Enjoy special time with your toddler as we sing, dance, and read stories.
2 year olds with a parent/caregiver. Enjoy a half–hour of songs, finger plays, and short stories.
3 to 5 year olds. Children participate in a half hour of stories and songs, followed by a short craft project.
Stop by or call the Children's Room at 978-465-4428 ext. 235 for more information about our story times and other programs.
The Children's Room offers regular special programs and events throughout the year. These include sing–alongs, storytellers, magicians, animal programs, special art and craft projects, and science programs. We also offer a fantastic Summer Reading program. Programs are supported by the City of Newburyport and by the Friends of the Newburyport Public Library. Please check the Library Event Calendar for a complete list of programs and to register online, or call the Children’s Room for more information at 978-465-4428 ext. 235.
Use the Library’s Online Catalog to find just the right book for school or for fun.