Story Times

The Ipswich Public Library Story Time offers opportunities for children to hear stories from classic children’s literature and also from newer additions to the library’s children’s book collection. The children have the opportunity to practice skills such as listening, following directions and taking turns. Story Time opportunities are held throughout the week.

The early literacy programs at the library allow parents and caregivers to meet new people in their community. It provides a wonderful venue for grandparents and grandchildren to spend time together.

Story Time for children from age 4 through Kindergarten is held on Mondays from 4:30 to 5:15 P.M. This offers a great chance for the children to catch up with their preschool friends. Children attend this program independently. Starts up Monday, September 14, 2015 and no registration is required.

At the Story Time program for children ages 2 to 4 participants attend with a caregiver and may choose Wednesday or Thursday morning at 10 A.M. The program lasts about 30 minutes. Adults interact with the child in their care while listening to stories, participating in large motor skill activities and crafts together. They are welcome to stay and chat afterwards. Starts up Tuesday and Wednesday, September 9 and 10 and no registration is required.

Mother Goose on the Loose is a program for newborns to 2-year-olds with a caregiver. It is offered on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 10 A.M. Mother Goose incorporates, music, rhymes, puppets and, of course, books for caregivers to enjoy with the library’s littlest patrons. Babes in arms and toddlers who are just moving forward are the best audience for this program. Older siblings are welcome to attend. Starts again on Tuesday and Friday, September 8 and 12 and no registration required.

The Ipswich Public Library is pleased to offer a new program in collaboration with Birth to 3! Shh, It’s Story Time is a new sensory sensitive story time that will be held here at the library on Thursday afternoons at 1 P.M. For children and their caregivers who prefer a smaller, quieter story time format. Piloting in the fall of 2015 on Thursday afternoons at 1 P.M. Please register from September 9 to 12 for the first six-week session (September 17 through October 29) with Dana Allen at Birth to 3 by calling 978-412-0123. Or call Ipswich children’s librarian Laurie Collins at 978-412-8713 with any questions.


School Vacation Programs

in February and April.  Call 978.412.8713 to register. Film showing are held in the Collins Room during school vacation weeks

Seasonal displays, decorations, and crafts programs stimulate creative thinking and artistic skills.

Summer Reading

Thematic readings – 8 weeks reading and fun incentives for pre-school through middle school children. To see the LISTS, click on the links below:





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