The Children's Room Blog

This year, the Robbins and Fox Libraries have selected John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars as the Community Read.  (Click here for more details on this incredible book.)  During the fall, both libraries will be hosting oodles of events related to this fantastic book.

And guess what!  One of the most FUN parts of this year’s Community Read is a writing contest.  We’re offering it to both kids and adults.  If this sounds like something you’re interested in, READ ON:

Community Read Writing Contest 411

In The Fault In Our Stars, a major plot point is that Hazel’s favorite book, An Imperial Affliction, stops in mid-sentence. After years of wondering how it ends and wanting to know what happened to the characters, she takes extreme steps to find answers to her questions.

Do you have a book that leaves you hanging in a similar way? Or perhaps your favorite book has an ending that you just don’t like. Here’s your chance to write a better ending!

As part of this year’s Community Read, we’re sponsoring a writing contest. Submit a new ending or epilogue to a book for a chance to win a prize.

Age categories are as follows:

Adult (18+): 1500 words maximum

Teen (high school): 1500 words maximum

Grades 6-8: 1000 words maximum

Grades 3-5: 1000 words maximum

Up to 2nd grade: 1000 words maximum

Entries will be judged by a panel of community members. Winners will be announced in October and will have an opportunity to read their winning entries at the prize reception. Entries will be available for the public to read, but you have the option of withholding your name from the public copy (see entry form.)

How to enter:

Entries must be typed.

Submit paper entries at the Reference Desk, Children’s Department, or the Fox branch. Or submit your entry online here.

Deadline: October 1.

Good luck and have fun!


It’s already been a very busy morning at the Robbins and Fox Libraries!  Kids and adults are flocking to our air-conditioned and book-filled buildings.  And you should join them for the fun!  However, be prepared for some activity.


Whoa!  Busy morning at Fox!

As is evidenced above, the Children’s Room of your local library isn’t always the quietest place.  But sometimes little islands of calm do surface.  Here’s another snapshot taken at the Fox this very morning:


Take a gander at the neatest line of dinosaurs ever created!

And there you have it, folks!  The library isn’t simply a cool place to come on a hot day.  It’s also full of fun surprises, dinosaur and otherwise!  Hope to see you here soon!

On July 6, we were treated to a magic show by Thomas. Various members of the audience got to assist as he amazed us with card tricks and illusions. Contact the Children’s Room to sign up for a performance spot yourself! Email or call 781-316-3224.

No more! For a while now, the signs in the Children’s Room have not matched the books displayed underneath. Under “Graphic Novels” rested the paperbacks and paperback series books (J PB). Where the Easy Readers used to reside, the Graphic Novels leaned. Now that most of you have learned to ignore the signs and head in a beeline for what you are looking for, we moved the books. Keeping you on your toes!

It will be an adjustment, but now the signs actually match the books underneath them. Along the wall the Graphic Novels now have room to be displayed face out, in all their graphic wonderfulness. The paperback fiction is adjacent to the hardcover fiction, so it’s easy to check for the paperback version of a book if the hardcover is out. And the Series paperbacks are on the other side of the stacks from the paperbacks. There’s more room for series now, so look for that section to expand.

As always, don’t hesitate to ask a librarian if you need help finding anything, anytime, even with the now accurate signs.

Summer is here and the weather is hot hot hot!  Cool off by coming to the Robbins and the Fox!  We have oodles of FUN things to do this week!

At Robbins…

Stop by to play with our great new selection of board games!  The Children’s Room is open until 9:00 p.m. tomorrow night (Thursday), so you’ll have plenty of time to beat the heat and have fun, too!

At Fox…

Tonight (Wednesday), come to the Fox for a fun movie night!  Join us at 6:00 p.m. for a fun family film.  Bring a pillow and we’ll provide the snacks. Ages kindergarten and up.

Tomorrow (Thursday), we will have our weekly singalong at 10:00 a.m. at the Fox Library!  This popular event is a crowd-pleaser for infants and toddlers alike!

This Friday, come to the Fox at 10:00 a.m. for Read and Romp, which will include fun stories, songs, AND a special visit from everyone’s favorite big red dog… CLIFFORD!

And don’t forget…

If you haven’t had a chance to sign up for Summer Reading yet, don’t delay!  Just stop by the Robbins or the Fox and ask the librarian for more information about DreamQuest!  It’s the adventure of the summer!


Ah, summer!  So much fun is just around the corner: lemonade, trips to the beach, and of course, summer reading!

This year, our Summer Reading theme is DreamQuest!  It’s going to be a summer of adventure, which will allow children to participate in fun quests while reading a variety of books!

Starting this Saturday, June 9, kids will be able to sign up for Summer Reading at the Robbins Library.  Kids can also sign up at the Fox starting next Tuesday, June 13.  We will also be holding two fun Summer Reading Kickoff events at each library:

At Robbins: This Saturday, June 9, at 3:00 p.m., the beloved storyteller Norah Dooley will perform and lead a fun and interactive workshop with special storytelling techniques at the Robbins Library!   Known throughout Boston and beyond for her captivating and energy-filled programs, this isn’t a program to be missed!  Space is limited, so please arrive 30 minutes early to pick up a ticket.  This program is intended for children ages four and older.

At Fox: On Saturday, June 16, the Fox Library will have a special Saturday opening!  Jarrett Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the popular Lunch Lady and Punk Farm books, will be at Fox at 10:30 a.m.!  In an exciting presentation, Jarrett will discuss how he grew from a child who loved to write stories and draw, into an award winning author and illustrator.  He will also present his artwork, share writing strategies, discuss the ever-popular Lunch Lady series, answer questions, and sign books, too!  Intended for children in grades kindergarten through twelve.  Tickets will be available 30 min prior to the show.

So get excited, kids and grown ups!  It’s going to be a great summer of reading at the library!

The famous Kathy, sporting a fun hat inspired by our Summer Reading theme of DreamQuest!

Many of you know that we have Toys and Puzzles that you can check out to play with in the library. Most of them are geared toward the younger set (2 – 5 years old). Well, now we are officially making available Board Games suitable for a range of ages (2 – 10) to play while you are at the library! The way it works is you check our list of games and ask the librarian to borrow one. She hands you the game, and in exchange, you leave your library card – or something equally valuable – AS IF any such thing exists! Take the game and find a comfy, play inducing spot (floor, table, floor under table); play. Finish playing, put all the pieces and directions back into the box, and return the game to the librarian, who will return your library card to you.

  • Baby Bird Game
  • Battleship
  • Boggle
  • Cadoo
  • Candy Land
  • Checkers
  • Chess
  • Children of the World
  • Chutes & Ladders
  • Clue
  • Green Eggs & Ham
  • Harry Potter
  • In a Pickle
  • Lotto (Alphabet, Numbers or Pictures)
  • Mancala
  • Monopoly Junior
  • Mouse Trap
  • Parcheesi
  • Race to the Roof
  • Rush Hour
  • Scrabble
  • Sorry
  • Stratego
  • The Cat in the Hat
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Trouble
  • Uncle Wiggly
  • UpWords
  • Yahtzee

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