Singing and Signing at Storytime

Vicki Marsh and Wendy Manninen of Optimistic Voices, along with children from La Petite Chorale, joined three of Diana’s Friday storytimes in January, February, and March.  They entertained large, delighted crowds of children, families, local preschools, and senior centers.  Everyone loved singing favorite classic songs and learning signs, and it was a wonderful opportunity for the generations to come together and have a great time.  Funding for these wildly popular events was provided by the Constance T. Rhinelander Children’s Fund (January) and the Gloucester Cultural Council (February and March).


Fall Fun

Fall Fun
This fall the Children’s Library has lots of fun programs planned for all ages. On September 26 join us for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a special program for children and families. Get a library card, play wonderland games and attend a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, beginning at 10 am.
Topsfield Fair
Now that summer reading has ended, come in and pick up your Topsfield Fair packets by September 9.

We’ve started our fall storytime schedule. Toddler Time for ages 1-3 is on Wednesdays from 10-11am; and Pre-school Storytime for ages 2-4 is scheduled for Thursdays from 10-11am.

We have a monthly Science Club for children in grades two and above. Children ages six and older can register for the monthly Lego Club. Sign up for these clubs beginning September 1, 2015.

Dads and Donuts
Dads and Donuts begins Saturday, October 3 at 10 am. This monthly program features stories, songs and activities for children and dads (grandparents and moms welcome, too), as well as refreshments.
Book Club
Join the monthly After-School Book Club. Contact Justine Vitale for more information.

Every Hero Has a Story!

This summer at the library the fun begins on Thursday, July 9 with The Lady Pirate, a musical marionette show performed by Charlotte Dore and Rosalita’s Puppets. Rick Roth and his fabulous snakes of New England and the World will visit us on Saturday, July 18.

Don’t miss the Star Wars Symposium on Saturday, August 1! On Wednesday, August 5 we visit the Sea Pocket Aquarium for a tour and craft, so register and come along for a fun morning at Maritime Gloucester. On August 6 and 10 we’re celebrating Percy Jackson and the Olympians with activities and fun. Dana Perkins, Marvel Comics artist, will visit the library on August 7 for a workshop – learn how to draw Marvel comics characters! On August 12 Critters and Creatures is coming with Animal Heroes and Villains. Can you guess which one is the hero?

We’re also having Super Hero Science on July 21 and August 4, Lego Club on July 27 and August 11, so don’t forget to register early. Super Hero crafts happens on July 23.

Don’t forget to sign up for summer reading rewards from the Sawyer Free Library and the Topsfield Fair. Have a great summer, and we’ll see you at the library!



Summer Reading Wrap-Up!

Thank you to all our patrons who participated in our Fizz Boom Read and Topsfield Fair Summer Reading Programs.  We are pleased to announce that the Topsfield Fair Packets have arrived and will be available for pickup until Monday September 8th!  Unclaimed packets will be returned to Topsfield Fair after this date.   If you have made a poster for the Poster Contest, please drop it off to the Children’s Library by Monday August 25th.  Posters become property of the fair and will not be returned.  This year, the Topsfield Fair runs from October 3rd to October 14th.  For more information, please visit

Our Fizz Boom Summer Reading Program is also winding down.   If you have been collecting Fizz Boom Read Book Bucks and have completed your 5 library visits, please stop by and pick out your free book!

Please remember to check our Events Calendar regularly for upcoming Fall and Winter programs!




Pinto Bella Hula Hoops

Tuesday, July 22nd @ 2 PM

Learn about the history and benefits of Hula Hooping as owner Pinto Bella demonstrates how it’s done.  Then it’s time to try it yourself!  With organized games and team work, you’ll see just how fun and energizing Hula Hooping can be!  For children in grades K-5.  All are welcome.  No registration required.

Fizz, Boom, Read! Sign Up for Summer Reading!

Explode into some great books this summer!  Summer Reading is now underway and  you may sign up in the Children’s Library or online from our Summer Reading Sign-Up Page.  Participants may choose one of all of our three programs.  It’s easy!  Read, log your books, and receive great prizes.  Details for each program are located here.   Our suggested reading lists are also available for recommendations on some fantastic books.  In addition, please check out all of our wonderful programs on our online calendar that will be taking place this summer.  You can even register online!  Our Summer Reading Kickoff Event takes place July 7th with Rick Roth of Creature Teachers.   Many great programs to follow include Art in the Greek Theatre, fun with Pinto Bella Hula Hoops, Science Magic from the Museum of Science, ScienceTellers, and Swimmy from Puppetree of Vermont.    Our regular favorites will also be taking place as well.   Children can register for Science Clubs, Lego Clubs, and the Science of Cooking.  The summer will end with an Experimental Tea Party.   Please come visit us this summer and  Happy Reading!

Here’s What’ s Happening In April!

Hi Everyone!    Join us for Dads & Donuts on Saturday April 19th at 10 AM.  This month the Children’s Library continues its Toddler Times and Storytimes straight through April vacation.  Toddler Time for ages 1-3 will meet on April 23rd and 30th at 10 AM.  Storytime for children ages 2-4 will meet on Thursday April 24th and May 1st.  Please join us for a special treat on Saturday April 26th at 10 AM when the Children’s Library presents the fun family movie “Frozen”.

This year library staff will be walking in Pride Stride to earn money for children’s programming.  We ask for your support so we are able to continue providing programs that are entertaining, educational, and  enjoyable for children and families.  Please stop by the Children’s Library to make your donation.  Any amount would be appreciated!

Vacation Movie: Despicable Me 2

Friday, December 27 @ 2:00 PM

Looking for something to do during vacation? Come enjoy a movie at the Sawyer Free Library! Families are invited to gather and watch the new DVD release of “Despicable Me 2.”

Popcorn available for the ultimate movie experience! Free of charge and open to children and their families.

Celebrate Native American History Month with Fast Hawk

Saturday, November 16 10:30am-11:30am

Join us for a morning program full of spirit and history.  Fast Hawk is a local member of the Micmac Northeast American Tribe.  He will be bringing feathers, claws, animal skulls, a talking stick, pipes, stories, and more to this informative celebration!  All ages welcome. No sign-ups required.

Saturday, October 19 @ 11:00 AM – I Dig Archaeology! A Family Fun Day Event

Families are invited to enjoy a late morning program filled with stories, art, and adventure! Listen to a cool story, dig into soil, and retrieve genuine artifacts! Don’t miss this family fun event, perfect for ages 3 & up.

There will be two sessions, one at 11 AM and the other at 11:30 AM. Please register by stopping by or calling the Children’s Library at (978) 281-9763 ext.25