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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!


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. Our 2017 contests begins in January and the entry deadline for both contests is Monday, March 20, 2017. You may pick up the rules and entry forms at the library or online, below.

PBS Kids Go!

  • Rules
  • Entry Form
  • PPL Writers Contest

  • Rules
  • Entry Form
  • Preschool Programs

    Preschool Story Time

    Every Tuesday and Friday at 10 AM. Listen to stories, sing songs, do activities and make a craft.

    Toddler Time

    Every Tuesday at 10 AM. Designed for children birth through 3 years. Stories, songs, craft and much more.

    Tickles Wiggles and Bounces

    Third Monday of the month at 10 AM. This programs lets toddlers play and learn with music. This program is followed by Music Explorers at 11 AM for children ages 3-6.

    Creative Preschool Art

    Second Monday of the month at 10 AM.  Children create a different craft every month

    Elementary Age Programs

    Family LEGO Time

    Every Wednesday from 4 - 6 PM. Bring the whole family to make LEGO creations.  We provide the LEGO, you supply the imagination.

    Joni Walker

    Second Thursday of the month at 4:30 PM. Drawing class with local artist Joni Walker.

    Craft Saturday

    Second Saturday of the month. Come any time between 10 AM and 4 PM to make great craft.

    Crafts To Go

    Third Tuesday of the month between 4 and 6 PM. Create great seasonal crafts.

    Cooking 101

    Fourth Monday of the month at 4 PM. Kids learn cooking techniques with hands on experience.

    Complete Listing

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