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Children's Room Updates

WPL’s Children’s Room is open for browsing! Families can stop by the library to find new books, tablets, DVDs, take-home toys & more. Out of an abundance of caution, community toys have been temporarily put away and all library programming will be held virtually during the month of January. You can find more information about our programs and how to access them by visiting our Events Calendar, joining WPL’s Children’s Room Activities group on Facebook or emailing WalthamLibKids@minlib.net.

Recommendations!

We love helping families find new materials! Are you looking for the best, new picture books or graphic novels? Do you want help finding books on the right levels for little ones learning to read? Would you like board books on a certain theme, like trucks or colors? Simply email any requests to WalthamLibKids@minlib.net. We’d love to hear from you! 

Virtual Programming in January

During January, all of our programming will be virtual! Toddler Time and Baby Storytime will be streamed live within our Facebook group, Children’s Room Activities, and recorded for later viewing. Pajama Storytime and Lego Club will be on Zoom. To access Zoom links & more information, join the Children’s Room Activities group on Facebook or email WalthamLibKids@minlib.net.

Social Media

Join our Facebook Group Waltham Public Library Children’s Room Activities for access to past livestreams, Zoom links, and more. Follow us on Instagram @WalthamLibKids for program announcements, library updates, and fun content. You can follow the Teen Room @WatchCityTeens and the main library account @WalthamLibrary.

Children's Programming

PJ Storytime
Tuesdays at 7:00 PM
on Zoom
Ideal for ages 0–7

Jump into your jammies and get ready to read, sing, and dance with your favorite librarians! Together, we'll read two or three picture books and sing songs to get the wiggles out before bedtime, such as Wheels on the Bus or Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes! This interactive storytime is great for kids of all ages. Join WPL's Children's Room Activities group on Facebook or email walthamlibkids@minlib.net for the Zoom link.

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Virtual Toddler Time
Wednesdays at 10:30 AM
on FB Live
Ideal for ages 12-36 months

Join your favorite Children's librarians virtually for music and stories on Facebook Live! This program can be viewed live within our Facebook group, Children's Room Activities, and will be recorded for later viewing.

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Virtual LEGO Club
1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month
4 PM on Zoom
Ideal for ages 5+

Build with friends on Zoom at our bimonthly Lego Club! Best for ages 5+. To access the Zoom link, join WPL's Children's Room Activities group on Facebook or email WalthamLibKids@minlib.net. If you don't have legos to use at home, you can stop by the Children's Room for a take-home bag of assorted legos.

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Beanstack is a virtual platform where participants can track activities, earn virtual badges, and log reading. It’s what we use for our Summer Challenge program, but we have programs available year-round for all ages. Sign up at walthamlibrary.beanstack.org or download the Beanstack app to begin.

Read Woke

School Librarian Cicely Lewis created the Read Woke challenge, now available for all ages to participate in on Beanstack. Earn digital badges for every suggested book you read in each category. Use this Beanstack challenge to start educating the whole family by reading diverse books.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Give your child a great start to school by reading 1,000 books together, all before kindergarten! You can use Beanstack to track your progress and then stop by the library to collect your certificate & prizes when you’ve reached 1,000 books!

"A new twist on learning."

The PIE Room is currently closed. The Play Imagine Experience (PIE) Space is a museum-inspired, immersive environment where children play and learn interactively.

Located on the ground floor of the Waltham Public Library, each PIE is designed on a theme with a variety of activities, props, and toys that promote learning-based play. Each installation includes STEAM activity prompts, book lists, and music. Children and their caretakers can drop by anytime the library is open for interactive play.

Visit piespace.org to learn more. Stop by the #LibraryLawn to play with our new lawn toys and some special PIE Room toys, like our Pirate Ship & Water Table!

Four kids dressed as astronauts play in the PIE room. The wall behind them shows a view of Earth from outer space.

Career Kits

Browse the career kit collection in the online catalog and find related activities and resources below.

Toy Collection

A colorful toy xylophone.

Visit the Children’s Room to borrow available toys! Toys circulate for three weeks. All Minuteman Library Card holders are welcome to borrow our toys, however they must be returned directly to Waltham Public Library. Toys marked browse in the online catalog are currently available to take home and you can place any toy on hold just like a book.

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