Children’s Room Summer Programs 2019

Children’s Summer Reading Club 2019

June 17th-August 9th

Children of all ages may participate in the library’s summer reading club! Readers earn beads for their time spent reading. Collect all eight planets of the Solar System! Pre-readers can register for our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Fun activities will be held during the week of June 17th. Registration for Summer Reading begins the week of June 17th and continues all summer long.

A “Universe of Stories” is sponsored by Melrose Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, the Massachusetss Board of Library Commissioners, and the Friends of the Melrose Public Library.

Pre-School Programs


Basket and Blanket Family Concert Series

The Melrose Public Library and the North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network are collaborating to bring a fantastic concert series this summer.  Pack your picnic basket, grab a blanket and enjoy a summer’s night with your neighbors.  All shows will be on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at either the Melrose Public Library Lawn or The Beebe Estate Lawn.  In case of rain, the show will be held at the First Congregational Church on West Foster St. (Food is not allowed in the church.)

6/25– Jeannie Mack (Beebe Estate)
7/09- Matt Heaton and the Outside Toys (Library Lawn)
7/16-  Big Joe the Storyteller (Beebe Estate)
*7/30-  Tincknell & Bates (Library Lawn)
8/13-  Rolie Polie Guacamole (Library Lawn)
8/20-  Karen K and the Jitterbugs (Beebe Estate)

*This program is funded, in part, by a grant from the Melrose Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


Baby Steps 0-18 months
This program introduces babies ages 0-18 mos. and their caregivers to the library and the wonderful world of books! Join us for 30 minutes of finger plays, rhymes, lap songs, stories, and fun. Baby Steps will be held on
Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.
Register the morning of each program.  See links below.
Dates include:
June 26th, July 10th, July 17th, July 24th, July 31st


Pre-School Fridays!  Ages 2-5
Join us on Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m for storytime fun, songs, & special performers. Register the morning of each program on the library’s event calendar.  See links below.

June 21st:  Music With Dara
June 28th: Lindsay’s Puppets
July 12th: Music With Dara
July 19th: Lawn Party
July 26th: *Stuffed Animal Sleepover

*Drop off your stuffed animal anytime on Thursday, 7/25 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Return the next morning at 10:30 for stories and a slideshow of the stuffed animals antics during the night!

August 2nd: Rock-a-bye Beats

August 9th:  Music With Dara


School Age Programs


Family Fun Night! Mondays July 1st – August 12th ages Kindergarten & Older

End your busy day at the library with these family friendly activities on Monday nights from 6-7:30 p.m.  Registration for each program begins the week before the program date.  See links below:

July 1st: Movie Night: Enjoy the movie Ralph Breaks the Internet!  Rated PG

July 8th: Family Coloring Night

July 15th: Strawbees and Legos!

*July 22nd: Sheryl Faye presents: Sally Ride

July 29th: littleBits and Keva Planks

August 5th: Stories from Space

August 12: Lunar Landing Competition


*Sheryl Faye presents: Sally Ride 

Monday July 22nd from 6-7:30 p.m

Bring the family for this exciting interactive show all about Sally Ride, the first American Woman astronaut and scientist, as performed by actress Sheryl Faye. Registration for Sheryl Faye presents: Sally Ride begins the week before the program date!




Construction Tuesdays Ages 5-12

Drop in on Tuesday mornings from 10:00-11:30 a.m. July 2nd – August 6th and build with Legos and Keva Planks.  Register the morning of each date beginning at 8 a.m. by clicking on the date.  Don’t forget to bring a friend!

July 2nd, July 9th, July 16th, July 23rd, July 30th, & Aug. 6th



Bookworms!  Book Group for 2nd & 3rd Graders  

Tuesday, July 9th  and August 13th 3:00 p.m.

Join our new bookgroup for 2nd & 3rd graders.  Come and discuss what you’ve been reading during the summer with other book lovers! The library will supply snacks.

Register online for the July 9th program.

Register online for the August 13th program.


Out of This World Wednesdays! Grades 1-3

This is a registered program for children in grades 1-3. Get your groove on Wednesday afternoons! Each session will begin with a story or two and then prepare to get messy as we discover our individual artistic talents.

All programs begin at 2:30 p.m. and are approximately 60 minutes long.

Register your child on the day of each class beginning at 8 a.m. by clicking on the links below.

Class dates include: 

July 10th: High Touch High Tech:  Cosmic Capers

July 17th:  Stories From Outer Space

July 24th:  Celestial Slime

July 31st:  TBA

August 7th: Fizzing Meteorites and Lunar Landscapes

Snack Pack! Book Group for 4th and 5th Graders

Calling all book lovers in the 4th & 5th grade! You are invited to participate in the library’s monthly book discussion group. Children entering 4th grade in the fall are invited to participate! The library will provide the snacks.  Books are available to checkout at the library. We will discuss Zita The Spacegirl by Ben Hatke  on Thursday, June 27th from 3-4 p.m. Other dates include Thursdays July 25th and August 22nd from 3-4 p.m. July and August titles TBD.

You may register 2 weeks before each meeting by clicking on the dates above.


Tween Scene Grades 4-6

Thursdays June 27th  – August 8th 6-7 p.m.

Calling all tweens!  Hang out with us Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m for crafts, friends, and fun.

June 27th: Little Bits

July 11th: ImagArena

July 18th: Celestial Slime

July 25th: Hovercrafts

August 1st: Mythbusters

August 8th: Ancient Artifacts

Register online the week before each program by clicking on the program above.


All Age Programs


Read to Dewey the Therapy Dog!

 Thursday August 22nd 6-7 p.m.

 ‘Bone’ up on your reading skills! Dewey is a certified therapy dogs who loves to
listen to stories!!

Register to read to Dewey 2 weeks before the

program to be assigned a 10 minute time slot.



Meet Bruins Mascot Blades!

July 29th 2:30-3:30

Blades will be joining readers for a story, some game day fun, and a craft. Participants will get to dance with Blades, design their own space helmet, take pictures in a space photo booth, and more!

Register to Meet Bruins Mascot Blades beginning on July 15th.




Jungle Jim gets into a 6-foot balloon!

Summer Reading Celebration with Jungle Jim: A Ballooniverse of Stories!

Children of all ages who participated in the library’s Summer Reading Club are invited to Memorial Hall on Thursday August 15th at 6:30pm for A Ballooniverse of Stories. Jungle Jim‘s Space themed balloon magic show features rocket propulsion science, celebrates the moon landing, Star Wars Jedi Training, and  a 6 foot galaxy explosion! Registration for A Ballooniverse of Stories begins Thursday, August 1st.  Please be sure to register all who plan to attend, both children and their caregivers.