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Children's Library

The Children’s Library serves the children of Athenæum members from their earliest days through young  adulthood. Located on the first floor of the building, the Children’s Library contains classic and contemporary literature and fills two adjoining spaces that are designed to appeal to novice and more sophisticated readers respectively.

For younger readers, the Chris Library Preschool Room houses board books and picture books. It also features a listening center, an aquarium, and cozy windowseats. 

The C. A. Coolidge Young Readers Room has classics and contemporary fiction, as well as non-fiction, with dedicated sections for easy readers, graphic novels, and young adult books. 

In addition to books, the Children’s Library offers magazines and audio books.

Programs & Events for Children

The Children's Library offers regular programs for children: story times with movement and songs, read alouds, a weekly game club, and monthly book groups. Special children's events take place each month and include author and illustrator visits, movie nights, puppet shows, art workshops, and concerts. Check out the Upcoming Events—there's bound to be something exciting going on.

Programs & Events for Tweens & Teens

With DIY projects, homework hangouts, and monthly book groups, the Children's Library is a welcoming space for tweens and teens, too. Find out more at Upcoming Events.

Summer Reading

"Let the Games Begin!" 2016 Summer Reading at the Athenæum celebrates summer sports going back to Ancient Greece. Open to children and teens of all ages, Summer Reading runs from June 1 to August 31, culminating with the Summer Reading Party on Saturday, September 10. Get more information here.

Children's Library News

Explore the Children's Library New Book Suggestions or check out other suggested reading.

Fun & Games

Popular authors' websites with fun activities and games:

Other recommended kid friendly websites: