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.
The Children's Library offers regular story times, set on Saturdays and on demand weekdays Wednesday and Friday.
For more information, check out Upcoming Events.
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.
Summer Bingo 2021
As the summer goes on, we'd like to challenge you to our Summer Bingo! Complete different reading challenges to win fun prizes. Download and print any of the summer reading cards from the links below or pick one up in the Children's Library. Once you complete four of the challenges on your card, stop by the Reference Desk on the second floor to claim your prize!
Book groups for a wide range of ages have met monthly: Independent Readers (ages 6-8), Young Readers (ages 9-13), and Teen Readers (ages 14-18).
We're scheduling our next readings. Let us know what you'd like! 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.
Learn all about our Story Time presentations and how you can watch them online.