Children’s Library

About the Children’s Library

The Children’s Library serves the children of Boston Athenæum members from their earliest days through adolescence. We’re excited about the new space being designed specifically for our youngest readers but we’re dedicated to offering reader services throughout the construction process. Sign up for the weekly newsletter to hear more! For now, come to the Reference Desk on the second floor for story time or when you need help or contact us before you come.

Where can you find children’s books and spaces now?

  • The new picture books and board books are in bins under the new bookshelves on the first floor.
  • New books for youths are on a cart by the Reference Desk on the second floor.
  • Books for youths (PZ7s, PZ8s, PZ10s, followed by graphic novels) are on 2G along the wall with the elevator. Look for the workspace across the way!
  • Young Readers and books in languages other than English are on a cart in the middle of the room. Look for the colorful branches!
  • A space by the spiral staircase on the second floor where caregivers and children can read together.
  • Young Adult (YA PZ7) followed by YA graphic novels are on the third floor, on the Granary side of the Long Room.
  • Children’s non-fiction are on the third floor, on the Granary side of the Long Room. 

Remember you may also request books to be mailed or picked up at the circulation desk.

Join us for songs and stories at drop-in story time Wednesday and Friday between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm or Saturday storytime at 10:30 am.

Visit or Take a Tour.

Children’s Programs
The Children’s Library offers regular story times, set on Saturdays and on-demand weekdays Wednesday and Friday.

Weekly craft kits are available at the reference desk. They are for young members ages two and up. To see what this week’s craft is, subscribe to our newsletter

Events & Activities
Reading challenges, writing workshops, DIY sessions, special collections visits, and volunteer opportunities support creativity and connection. As we redesign our children’s spaces, there will be some disruptions, but we will continue to offer programming.

Book Groups
We offer monthly book groups for children of all ages. 

Young Adult Discussion Group 

Ages 12-18

Second Saturday of every month at 2 PM

This group is a space for Teens and Tweens to discuss their favorite books and explore new genres. Each month we discuss a new title from our young adult collection. Books are chosen by group members and can be any genre or format. After the discussion, stick around for an activity based on the book and to chat about other books you have enjoyed lately. 

Youth Discussion Group

Ages 6-12

Third Saturday of every month at 2 PM

Children can share their love of reading with their peers at this monthly discussion group. Each month, we discuss a different book from our children’s collection. To keep young learners engaged, discussion is broken up with fun activities and crafts based on the book. Children are invited to vote on which book we read next. Past titles include beloved classics and new favorites from a variety of genres. 

To sign up for a group or for more information, email the Children’s Library at