Children's Room

Children’s Room

Current Services

Our Patio Pickup on the Harris Street side of the Library is open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. At this window you can pick up available holds or prizes from the Just Keep Reading Program. You can also pick up kids’ crafts every Tuesday.

The Library building is open for limited browsing. Please click here for hours and guidelines for visiting. The Children’s Room remains closed, but we have a collection of exciting Children’s items in our Reading Room for your perusal.

*Please note: although the building is open, all holds will still be picked up at our Patio Pickup window*.

If you are unsure what you are looking for or would like some insight on new arrivals to the Children’s Room, we are happy to curate book bundles for your child. Simply call us and provide some information about your reader and the type of items you would like. We’ll gather a selection for you and let you know when they are available at Patio Pickup.


Children's Room

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. We have also gathered several resources for use by families at home.

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.

General Information

Library Cards

Library cards are free to Newburyport residents ages 5 and up. A photo ID and proof of residency or ownership of Newburyport property is required to register for library card. Signature of a parent or legal guardian is required for children ages 5 to 11. Residents of other Massachusetts towns can register and use their home library card at the NPL.

Homework Help

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.

Museum Passes

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), Seacoast Science Center, and USS Constitution Museum. You may reserve or cancel your pass online using your library card. If you need assistance with museum pass reservations please call the Library at 978-465-4428 x235.

Safe Child Policy

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. See policy for details.

School Visits and Tours

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.

Story Time

Due to public health concerns, onsite story times have been suspended. Please visit our event calendar for upcoming virtual children’s programming.

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.

Library Babies

Non-walkers with a parent/caregiver. Enjoy special time with your baby as we learn songs, finger games, and stories.

Wonderful Ones

Ages 12-24 months with a parent/caregiver. Enjoy a half-hour of finger plays, musical instruments, and stories.

Terrific Twos & Threes

Ages 2 and 3 with a parent/caregiver. Enjoy a half–hour of finger plays, musical instruments, and stories.

PJ Family Story Time

For kids of all ages, with a caregiver. Join us for a half hour of gentle stories, songs, and coloring.

Stop by or call the Children's Room at 978-465-4428 ext. 235 for more information about our story times and other programs.

Special Programs

Children Making Mosaics

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 call the Children's Room at 978-465-4428 ext. 235 for more information or check the Library Event Calendar to view the Children's Programs – these are listed in YELLOW.

Find a Book

Use the Library’s Online Catalog to find just the right book for school or for fun.