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, picture books, and easy readers. 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. In addition to books, the Children’s Library offers magazines and audio books as well.
"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. Get more information here and visit the Children's Library before July 15 to get started!
Children's Library News
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:
- Emily Gravett
- Pigeon Presents, brought to you by Mo Willems
- Trenton Lee Stewart's Mysterious Benedict Society
Other recommended kid friendly websites: