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Children's Room Updates

WPL’s Children’s Room is now open for browsing! Families can stop by the library to find new books, tablets, DVDs & more. While we continue to make changes to keep our community and staff safe, our computers and toys are not available for use. Stay tuned for updates about toy and game use on the #LibraryLawn!

#LibraryLawn

Meet us on the #LibraryLawn! We are thrilled to announce storytimes, Children’s programming and play on the library’s front lawn- all summer long. Stop by the #LibraryLawn to have a picnic before visiting the Children’s Room or bring some stories outdoors to enjoy under the sun. Stay tuned for updates about toys & games that will soon be ready for use on the lawn, including giant Jenga, soccer balls, trucks & giant Connect 4!

Programming on the Lawn!

Many of our in-person programs are back- outside on the library’s front lawn! Mother Goose on the Loose, LEGO Club, and Summer Storytime will all be held on the lawn, while Pajama Storytime will remain on Zoom. Visit the library’s event calendar or contact us for more information. 

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 on the #LibraryLawn

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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Mother Goose on the Loose
Wednesdays at 10:30 AM
on the Library Lawn
Ideal for ages 12-36 months

Join Lisa and Kitty for nursery rhymes, music, and dancing on the library lawn (weather permitting). This program is recommended for children ages 1-3 but all are welcome! In case of bad weather, the program will be held virtually on Facebook Live. For updates and access to the program, join WPL's Children's Room Activities group on Facebook. or email WalthamLibKids@minlib.net.

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LEGO Club
1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month
3:30 PM on the Library Lawn
Ideal for ages 5+

Lego Club has moved to the library lawn for Summer 2021 (weather permitting)! Stop by between 3:30-4:30PM to build, chat, and laugh with friends outside on WPL's front lawn (weather permitting). In case of bad weather, Lego Club will be offered on Zoom. For updates and access to the Zoom link, join the Children's Room Activities Facebook group or email us at WalthamLibKids@minlib.net .

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Summer Storytime
Thursdays at 4PM
on the Library Lawn
Ideal for ages 0–7

Join your favorite librarians for stories on the library lawn (weather permitting). We will read books, sing songs, and dance outside together! In case of bad weather, the program will be held virtually on Zoom. For updates and access to the Zoom link, visit WPL's Children's Room Activities group on Facebook or email us at WalthamLibKids@minlib.net.

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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.


Summer Challenge

Join our Beanstack Summer Challenges 2021 to complete activities, track reading, and earn tickets to win prizes like slime, art kits or a free scoop at Lizzy’s Ice Cream. Watch Seana & Emily unbox the Beanstack summer prizes on YouTube to learn more!

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.

Toys are temporarily unavailable to prioritize safety. 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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