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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. Located on the first floor of the building, the Children’s Library fills two adjoining spaces.

The Chris Library Preschool Room is home to a curated selection of board books and picture books, and also features an aquarium and cozy windowseats.

The C. A. Coolidge Young Readers Room contains children's and young adult fiction and non-fiction books, audiobooks, and magazines, and provides reading and study space. 

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Children's Programs

The Children's Library offers regular story times three times a week, as well as other programs for children, including Nursery Rhyme Time (for 0-18 months); Spanish Story Time; Sensory Story Time; Lego​®​, Chess, & Puzzle Club.

Special children's events take place monthly and include author and illustrator visits, movie nights, puppet shows, art workshops, and concerts.

For more information, check out Upcoming Events.

Events & Activities for Teens

Writing workshops, DIY sessions, special collections visits, and volunteer opportunities support teens seeking creativity and connection.

Discover more at Upcoming Events.

Book Groups 

Book groups for a wide range of ages meet monthly: Independent Readers (ages 6-8), Young Readers (ages 9-13), and Teen Readers (ages 14-18).

Find out what books we're discussing next at Upcoming Events.


Explore the Children's Library's collection with Themed Booklists, featuring fun titles, old and new, on topics to satisfy all interests.

Story Time

Learn all about our daily Story Time presentations and how you can watch them online.