Topsfield Town Library
One South Common Street, Topsfield MA 01983 (978)887-1528 ask[at]

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Library Hours
Sun: Closed
Mon: 10am to 8pm Tues: 10am to 5pm Wed: Noon to 5pm Thurs: 10am to 8pm Fri: Noon to 5pm Sat: 10am to 5pm

Parents' Page

mother reading to child

Check out our list of
Children's Events
and Programs!

Did you know about our Parent Shelf?

We have a whole shelf of books dedicated to helping children (and parents!) through the “tough topics” that might be hard to discuss with a child. Many of these books are picture books that can help a child through difficult times. Come in and take a look at the recently-updated shelf today!

Books on the shelf include topics such as:

  • Toilet training
  • Self-esteem
  • Bullying
  • Fear/anxiety
  • Divorce
  • Grief and mourning
  • Long-term illnesses
  • Mental health
  • Visiting the doctor or dentist
  • “Stranger danger”

Visiting the Library: A Social Story

This "social story" is meant for parents to use as a tool for children with autism spectrum or sensory disorders. It will introduce them to the library and tell them what to expect when they come, as well as explain how to behave when they visit.

Museum Passes

The Topsfield Town Library makes available 17 different passes that can get your family into local museums, zoos, and parks at a discounted rate, or even free! To use a museum pass, you must either live in Topsfield or be a member of the Friends of the Topsfield Library.

Check out our Museum Pass FAQ to learn more. Check out our List of Museum Passes to see which passes are available and how much you can save by using one. Or, if you are ready to reserve a pass right away, you can do so online with your library card. Just follow this link!

Policies for Parents:

Internet Policy
Your child must have a signed Internet policy on file if they are planning on using the internet at the library.
Unattended Child Policy
Please be aware of our rules regarding unattended children. Children under nine years of age should be accompanied by an adult while in the library.
Behavior Policy
Please be sure that your child is aware of rules regarding behavior at the library, and honors these rules while in the building.

Links for Parents:

  • Tri-Town Coalition Newsletter The Coalition, a program of Tri-Town Council, is a community-wide partnership whose focus is to reduce and prevent substance use and abuse by establishing an environment in which youth of all ages are encouraged and choose to be substance-free.

  • Boston Central Lists family-oriented events, activities, and resources in the Greater Boston area.

  • Common Sense Media Reviews media for age appropriateness based on violence, sex, language, positive message, and more.

  • International Children's Digital Library Allows children to search for and read books from around the world.

  • Storyline Online Celebrities like William Daniels, Sean Astin, Elijah Wood, and James Earl Jones read storybooks aloud, accompanied by videos of the story.

  • ALA's Great Websites for Kids Features links to educational and recreational websites for kids to visit, recommended by the American Library Association. You can filter the websites by popularity or by categories, like science, the arts, or animals.

  • ALA'S Suggested Websites for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers Complied by the American Library Association.

  • Helping Your Child Become a Reader The US Department of Education offers suggestions on ways to promote early literacy in your home.

  • Funbrain A collection of free educational and recreational games to play on the computer.

  • Starfall A free service that teaches letter recognition and phonics to support literacy

  • Scholastic Reading Suggestions Reading suggestions by age and topic. Perfect for when you need suggestions but don’t know where to start!