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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 young adulthood. 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 contemporary fiction and non-fiction books, audiobooks, and magazines, and provides reading and study space. 

Children's Programs

The Children's Library offers regular weekly programs for children: Preschool Story Time; Stories, Songs, & Activities; Family Story Time; After-School Read Aloud (ages 5+); and Lego​®​, Chess, & Puzzle Club. A new biweekly Spanish Story Time program begins Fall 2017. Special children's events take place monthly 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.

Events & Activities for Teens

The Children’s Library welcomes teen and tween members. Weekly DIY projects and homework hangouts support young adult readers seeking creativity and connection. Discover more at Upcoming Events.

Book Groups 

Book groups for a wide range of ages and interests 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 these helpful lists:

Fun & Games

Picture books and audio stories online: