Kids

The Children’s Department in the Beverly Public Library offers an extensive collection of materials for children from birth to fifth grade including: books, magazines, audiobooks, music CDs, and DVDs. We also have a section of materials for parents, provide support to local teachers, and offer a number of programs and special events for children of all ages.

Kids Events

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TumbleBooks

Check out ebooks for kids at TumbleBooks! Choose from picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, non-fiction, read alongs, and more!

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Introducing PLAY! Kits

PLAY! Kits are here – a new way to explore, learn, and have fun with your young readers. Our 25 themed PLAY! Kits are designed to encourage and support the development of five early literacy skills: reading, talking, singing, playing, and writing. These bundles of fun, each ready to go in a durable backpack, are built around popular preschool topics such as dinosaurs, space, ocean, kindness, and more. Inside each kit you will find seven books, a fun hands-on manipulative, and a PLAY! Kit guide with suggestions on ways to extend the fun – and the learning!

PLAY! Kits are available to borrow by placing a hold on a kit and picking it up using our Front Door Service. You can also call the Children’s Room at 978-921-6062, ext. 2174 for assistance.

PLAY! Kits were developed with federal funding from a Mind In the Making Grant awarded to the Beverly Public Library from the Institute of Museum and LIbrary Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. 

Check them out!

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Image of a Fairies PLAY! Kit that includes books and fairy toys.
Image of PLAY! Kit backpacks piled below a bulletin board with Big Bird from Sesame Street
Image of a PLAY! Kit with books and dinosaur toys.
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Dial-A-Story

Now you can call the library anytime and have a story read to you! Each week we will share a new story, poem or essay written for children or adults. Just call us at 978-921-6061 and then ext. 2110 for children or ext. 2113 for adults.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Join our new early literacy initiative, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! Reading with your child every day is one of the best ways to prepare your child for kindergarten. Together you can read 1000 books and we are here to help and cheer you on! For more information please visit our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten page.

Personalized Reading List for Kids

Looking for a new series like Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Are you a parent trying to find pirate picture books for your preschooler? Try our Personalized Reading List for Kids! All you need to do is answer a few questions such as who your favorite authors are and what types of books you like to read. Based on your responses one of our children’s librarians will create a list just for you!