Children's Programs

Read about all our many free programs for children held weekly or monthly. We offer programs from infancy through sixth grade!



Click below to download the Children's Events printed monthly calendar:
October 2017 Children's Calendar

Guided Playgroup
Mondays, October 2nd, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, 10:15 am – 11:00 am

This playgroup is available for children from birth to 5 years. It is designed for caregivers to interact and build skills through play and for families to connect with one another and with valuable resources. Playgroups are staffed by early childhood specialists who can offer information and support to parents and caregivers. The guided playgroup will offer interactive play and circle time, music, movement, and storytelling. No registration needed.

The interactive program is funded by the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care awarded to Peabody Public Schools to serve families on the North Shore.


Monday Night Children's Chess Club
Mondays, October 2nd, 16th, 23rd, and 30th
Beginning Players: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Advanced Players: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Learn chess from a master! From learning the movement of each piece to tactics and strategy, this program will give beginners and experienced players a new appreciation and love of the game. Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be teaching on Monday nights from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm for children in second grade and up. The first session is for beginners and the second session for advanced players. Registration is required.


Stories & Songs with Spencer
Tuesdays, October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st, 10:15 am – 11:00 am

This lively program is designed around stories and songs for ages 2-5. Spencer Garfield, involved in family outreach at Temple Emmanu-El, performs this fun, upbeat, and interactive program weekly. Children and their caregivers are invited to come and sing, dance, laugh, and listen to stories.


Story Time and a Craft
Wednesdays, October 4th, 11th, and 18th, 10:15 am – 11:00 am

Children ages 2-4 are invited to our weekly Wednesday story time with stories, rhymes, and crafts. Caregivers must attend. No registration needed.


Story Time with Music & Movement
Friday, October 6th and 13th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Children from birth – 5 years are invited to an interactive program of songs, stories, and dancing. The program will be offered the first and second Fridays of the month. No registration needed, but caregivers must attend.

The interactive program is funded by the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care awarded to Peabody Public Schools to serve families on the North Shore.


Listeners Book Club
Friday, October 6th, 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Children in grades 1-3 are invited to join our audio book review club. The meetings will be once a month on a Friday afternoon from 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm. All members of the club join in discussing and "scoring" their favorite book that they listened to that month. The program is designed for kids who prefer to listen to their books. Refreshments will be served. Registration is required.


Itsy Bitsy Babies & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Thursday, October 12th, 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

This is a story/ playgroup program for children from 3 months to 24 months. The meetings will be held on the second Thursday of each month. The program will be led by Chrissy Lerade, and is designed to provide socialization and songs. This playgroup is limited in size, so registration is required.


Books & Brushes Club
Wednesday, October 18th, 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Children in first and second grade are invited to listen to a story and/or fact book on a seasonal theme, have a snack, and create a related art project. We will get messy, so dress for mess! Registration is required.


Music with Dara
Friday, October 20th, 10:30 am – 11:15 am

With keyboard, felt board, finger puppets and other engaging visual props, Dara incorporates old favorites and new songs, finger plays, rhythmic activities, creative movement, and instrument playing. Lots of clapping, marching, singing, creative expression and FUN! The program is ideal for ages 2 to 5 years. Dara VanRemoortel is an early childhood music specialist who has been performing at libraries and teaching at local preschools for over 20 years.


Book Reviewer's Club
Monday, October 23rd, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Reviewer's Club is designed for students in grades 4-6 who are avid readers. Club members read and "score" the books they are reading and recommending for each other. The Reviewer's Club will meet one Monday afternoon a month at 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Please bring a book you are already reading for the next meeting. Snacks are provided and registration is required.


Halloween Party
Wednesday, October 25th, 10:30 am

Wednesday, October 25th at 10:30 am, children in costume (ages birth to 5 years) can come join us for this year's Children's Halloween Party! Our wonderful Spencer Garfield will be coming to sing spooky songs and read slightly spooky stories. We will have refreshments and a special Halloween craft. This will be followed by a parade inside the library, stopping at various stations for treats, and then goody bags to take home. Registration is required.


Yoga Story Time with Lindsey Kravitz
Friday, October 27th, 10:30 am

Come join Lindsey Kravitz for a fun yoga story time with songs, books, poses, and quiet time. The program is 30 minutes and geared to kids 0-3 years with caregivers. Mini mats are provided for the children.