Zoom into Reading

Sneaker Book

Work your way through the list of 100 best books to read before kindergarten (list provided by School Library Journal). The books will engage, delight, and educate your young child. Keep track in a reading log, earn sticker prizes along the way, then receive a free book to take home as a reward to you both for a commitment to reading. Check out the Zoom into Reading page to see the book list.

Learning Backpacks

Learning Backpack

The Library offers a dozen early learning backpacks that teach numbers, shapes, the farm, music, and many more subjects. Explore them in the Children’s Room or borrow them to take home. These are especially effective for the grandparents of visiting youngsters, but parents love them, too!

Story Time

Pick the Chick, 4-24-19

One of the best ways to raise readers is to expose them to books and stories in enjoyable ways. One of those ways is the Library’s classic Story Time, combining books, songs, music, movement, and fingerplays for children from age 1-5. Whether provided by our staff or by Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE), it is always a fun time of exploring picture books and helping children to be ready to read. Check the calendar for the current schedule.

Summer Reading Program

Paperpalooza 2017, Lynn Item photo
Nora Bishop, 8, of Nahant, throws her paper airplane off of the porch of the Nahant Public Library. (Photo Credit: The Daily Item)

Children best retain their skills through practice, and our Summer Reading Program is designed to encourage kids to keep reading through the summer months. Participants sign up in June and will receive a bag of activities and a calendar of events to keep them busy and learning. Look for signup announcements on social media and this page in the spring.

Craft Table


A weekly craft table in our Children’s Department offers art projects that children and their adults can do together. Seasonal themes and essential fine motor skills combine into a project that the children can take home. Let us do the prep work and cleanup! It makes for a great rainy-day activity.

Story Stroll

Story Stroll, cover, 4-8-21

The Library Playground features the pages of a book via signs around the grounds. Walk from sign to sign to read a shortened version of the story, then come into the library and read the whole book again. Many of the stories include unique interactive components, which makes reading them a whole-body experience! Keep an eye out for new stories and related events seasonally.