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Children's Services

At the Peterborough Town Library we introduce children to stories, to each other, and to the world!

Our programs cultivate curiosity, build imaginations, and bolster early literacy skills.

The Elizabeth Room has books for babies through 8th grade. Books are organized roughly by reading level and format. Reading levels vary greatly among all age groups. Parents are encouraged to browse and choose books together to find the best fit for your reader.


Storytimes and Book Clubs!

We invite all families to join us in sharing our love of imagination and reading at one of our many storytimes!

All are welcome, contact us to learn more about how we can make sure storytime works for your family.

Click below on the title of each event for more information!

Upcoming Events for Kids
Tue, Mar 05, 10:30am - 11:30am
Eben Jones Classroom,1833 Room

Wed, Mar 06, 10:30am - 11:30am
Elizabeth Room

Tue, Mar 12, 10:30am - 11:30am
Eben Jones Classroom,1833 Room

Wed, Mar 13, 10:30am - 11:30am
Elizabeth Room

Thu, Mar 14, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Eben Jones Classroom

Tue, Mar 19, 10:30am - 11:30am
Eben Jones Classroom,1833 Room

Wed, Mar 20, 10:30am - 11:30am
Elizabeth Room

Thu, Mar 21, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Eben Jones Classroom

Tue, Mar 26, 10:30am - 11:30am
Eben Jones Classroom,1833 Room

Wed, Mar 27, 10:30am - 11:30am
Elizabeth Room

Tue, Apr 02, 10:30am - 11:30am
Eben Jones Classroom,1833 Room

Wed, Apr 03, 10:30am - 11:30am
Elizabeth Room

Tue, Apr 09, 10:30am - 11:30am
Eben Jones Classroom,1833 Room

Wed, Apr 10, 10:30am - 11:30am
Elizabeth Room

Thu, Apr 11, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Eben Jones Classroom

Thu, Apr 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Eben Jones Classroom

Thu, May 09, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Eben Jones Classroom

Thu, May 16, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Eben Jones Classroom


Program Descriptions:






Baby Storytime

Babies and their caregivers gather to sing songs, chant nursery rhymes, read board books and enjoy lap bounces. Babies from birth and beyond are welcome— only when they are ready to sit for longer stories have they outgrown baby storytime!

Preschool Storytime

At storytime this group enjoys picturebooks together and simple songs and movement between stories. An easy craft is completed after each storytime. All preschoolers who enjoy sitting and listening to stories, and their caregivers, are welcome (siblings too).

PJ Storytime

PJ Storytime will take place once a month. We read stories, sing a few songs, and will maybe offer a craft or snack to take home. PJ Storytime is for all ages but best for Preschool through Elementary School aged children.

Families Read Together
Book Club

Our book group for 1st-4th graders! Read a book together as a family and meet once a month to talk about the book, have snacks, and participate in activities like crafts and games. Scroll down for more information!

Pizza & Pages

Our book group for 5th graders and up! We choose one book a month to read and discuss over pizza! Each meeting we act silly, talk books, and did we mention that we eat pizza. New members are always welcome!

For more information on Pizza & Pages and other programs for tweens/teens - visit our Teens page by clicking on the button below!

More Teen Programs


Familes Read Together

Our Book Club for 1st-4th Graders and their families! It meets on the second Thursday of the month at 4pm throughout the school year.

Families Read Together has read the following books together:

Check in at the Help Desk in the Elizabeth Room to see what we're reading this month!


1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN!


HOW TO PARTICIPATE

  • Visit the Library
  • Pick up a NH 1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN canvas tote bag, filled with a tally sheet, a bookmark, and the book, Read to your Bunny by Rosemary Wells.
  • Check out books or read books at home. We also have  filled book bags with five fun, colorful, and playful boardbooks contained in easy “to-go” bags
  • Fill out a Reading Tall Sheet for each 100 books you read
  • REPEAT!

Special thanks to the Friends of the Peterborough Town Library and The Toadstool Bookshop for purchasing the Read to Your Bunny books. The NH 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative is sponsored by CHILIS and the NH State Library, and supported by the Center for the Book at the NH State Library, the NH Academy of Family Physicians, and NH Family Voices.


Small Study Room

The Kriebel Room, located off of the Elizabeth Room, is perfect for tutoring sessions or study groups. It is also fully equipped with a camera and mic for online meetings.
Contact the help desk or book a room online