Children

The Dedham Public Library’s Children’s Department is proud to offer a number of wonderful programs and experiences for children of all ages and interests. Our toys are currently unavailable as we work to keep our young patrons and their families safe and healthy.

Children's Programs

Seasonal Storytimes 
Please join Miss Meredith for monthly seasonal storytimes! We’ll read themed books and make a craft each time we meet. These programs meet in person in the children’s room at the Main library, and are designed for children ages 2-6 with their grown ups. Register for each storytime on Eventbrite.

Upcoming Sessions:
September/ Fall Storytimes, Thursdays at 2:30
October/ Storytime for Little Ghouls, Tuesdays at 11AM and Wednesdays at 2:30PM
November/ Thankful Tots Storytime, Tuesdays at 11AM and Wednesdays at 2:30PM
December/ Holiday Cheer Storytime, Tuesdays at 11AM and Wednesdays at 2:30PM

Baby Time
You’re never too young for the library! This program is designed specifically for children 2 and under and their caregivers. We’ll sing songs, read books, and safely socialize with each other as we work on building early literacy skills. This program will be held outside, weather permitting, and move indoors in the cold months.

Preschool Movie Mornings
Join us at the Main library for a family friendly movie and light snacks! This program requires advanced registration on Eventbrite and is in person. It runs at various times throughout the year, so please check our calendar to see upcoming dates. 

Storytime with Miss Lisa 
Please join Ms. Lisa for Storytime at Endicott every Wednesday at 10:30AM. We’ll read, dance, and have fun together! Participants will “shake their sillies out” to fun songs and enjoy a selection of books. This program is intended for children ages 0-5, with their caregiver, and will be held outside as long as weather permits. 

Monday Morning Music with Mr. Jonah
Endicott is rocking and rolling every Monday morning at 10:30AM! Little ones and their guardians will enjoy live music and singing with Jonah, our Librarian for Youth and Teen Services. Some are sing-alongs, some have a little dancing, and others are just for listening. 

Little Lab Coats
Go on a virtual scientific discovery with Little Lab Coats! Perform exciting experiments to explore the basic properties of science in an easy and fun way. No experience or previous knowledge required. For Ages 6-9. Space is Limited. These programs take place quarterly during the school year with special events during the summer. Please visit our calendar for the next session. Little Lab Coats are brought to you by Noble and Greenough Students.

Big and Little Book Group
Reading is more fun when we do it together! This book group is designed for children aged 3-5 and their caregivers. Read our selected story at home and then join us at the library to share the story with each other, have a few light snacks, and do a craft or activity. Books can be picked up a month before the scheduled meeting. Meetings will begin in October and run every second Saturday of the month at 10:30AM. Register for this program on Eventbrite.

K-2 Book Group
Back to school means back to book group fun! Kindergarten-2nd grade students are invited to join us for a casual book discussion, light snacks, and a craft or activity. Books can be picked up a month before the scheduled meeting. Meetings will begin in October and run every second Tuesday of the month at 4:00PM. Register for this program on Eventbrite. 

3rd-5th Book Group
Back to school means back to book group fun! 3rd-5th grade students are invited to join us for a casual book discussion, light snacks, and a craft or activity. Books can be picked up a month before the scheduled meeting. Meetings will begin in October and run every third Tuesday of the month at 4:00PM. Register for this program on Eventbrite.

Minecraft!
The Dedham Public Library now offers its own private Minecraft Server for patrons aged 10 – 14. Our server supports Minecraft Java Edition (for PC/Mac), so unfortunately we cannot support other editions (such as Mobile or X-Box). The server is available weekly on Tuesdays from 3:30 – 4:30, and requires registration at http://bit.ly/dplminecraft. And now for some Minecraft jargon: We are running survival mode, with no PVP, and keepinventory on. We are using a whitelist to restrict access only to registered users. Currently, players must own their own copy of the game to play, but we’re working on that. See you soon and happy mining!

*We also offer multiple specialty programs throughout the year. Check our calendar for a complete list of youth programming. 

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