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Children's Department Programs & Events

The following is an overview of our regular programs and may be subject to change. Pick up our monthly newsletters or a printed calendar (available at the library) for up-to-date information each month.


Please stop in ahead of time or call 244-5541 to pre-register for our programs. You can also register by clicking the links on our online calendar.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Research indicates that reading every day with your child can help strengthen the relationship between child and parent, as well as create a love of learning that helps children succeed later in school. Peabody Public Library offers this program to children at least 18 months old until they start kindergarten. Contact the Children's Department to find out how you can enroll your preschooler in the 1000 Book Club.

I Can Read!

This program is designed to motivate children in K - 2nd grade to build their reading skills. As children learn to read, the world around them opens to new vocabulary, interests, and possiblilities. The goal of this program is for the student to read to an adult or by themselves. Any Early Readers books can be read for the program. Each book that the student reads is recorded in a reading log, and completed reading logs are turned in for rewards. We hope this program will foster independent reading as well as a lifelong love of reading.

100 Books Before High School

This program is designed to encourage children from 3rd - 8th grade to increase their reading skills and introduce them to different genres of books. The list of over 150 books is a combination of fiction, historical fiction, classics, non-fiction and popular titles (click here to open the list in PDF format). When students have read 10 books, they can turn in evaluations and receive a book of their choice to keep from our collection of new paperback books. We hope this program will instill a lifelong love of books!

Preschool Programs

We have several regular programs for your younger children. Preschool Story Time meets three times a week: at 10:00 AM on Tuesdays, 6:30 PM on Thursdays, and at 10:00 AM on Fridays (the same program is done all week). Lapsit/Toddler time meets Tuesday mornings at 10:00 AM (same as Preschool Story Time) and is for babies and toddlers. "Tickles, Wiggles, and Bounces" (for children 18 months to 3 years) meets on the third Monday of every month at 10:00 AM, followed by Music Explorers (for ages 3 - 5) at 11:00 AM. Cre8tive Preschool Art Time meets on the second Monday of each month at 10:00 AM.

Elementary Age Programs

Art Programs

We regularly have art classes with local artist and author Joni Walker. We also offer regular arts and crafts free with our Preschool Story Time, Cre8tive Kids classes, and Craft Saturdays.

Cooking Programs

Our Cooking 101 class for kids and teens meets on the third Monday of the month at 4:00 PM.


PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest and PPL Writers Contest

Every year the Peabody Public Library participates in the PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest for kids in Kindergarten through third grades and also holds a PPL Writers Contest for kids in fourth and fifth grades. 2016 contests are over, but we'll have more information in this spot when 2017 information is available.

Complete Listing

Click here for a complete listing of Children's Department events!