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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.

Summer Reading

"Let the Games Begin!" 2016 Summer Reading at the Athenæum will celebrate summer sports going back to Ancient Greece. Open to children and teens of all ages, Summer Reading will run from June 1 to August 31 and culminate 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.


An online collection of animated, talking picture books that can be listened to or read. The selection of books includes story books, chapter books, new books, non-fiction, and language learning. There are also puzzles and games to play. Tumblebooks can be accessed from the computer in the Children's Library, or from members' home computers. And it's easy to use! Click on "Tumblebooks" from the Electronic Resources pages, or the Tumblebooks link from the Children's Library pages.

Fun & Games

Popular authors' websites with fun activities and games:

Other recommended kid friendly websites: