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The Weezie Library for Children

Something for Children of All Ages

The Weezie library for children, Nantucket Atheneum

Come visit us at the Weezie Library for Children!

You’ll find a wide variety of materials in different formats – books, Playaways, DVDs, magazines, reference materials, and foreign language books. Read & Play Kits for younger children explore a theme by pairing books with games in one bag!

Check out STEM kits include books and toys for children to explore different STEM principles. You can also find a selection of board games for family fun on a rainy day.

The Weezie library for children, Nantucket Atheneum

Throughout the year the Weezie Library offers a full range of free Programs and Events for children. Please check our calendar for a full list of current programs.

Located on the east end of the first floor, the Weezie Library for Children was built in 1996 with a generous grant from the Weezie Foundation and named in memory of Louise Frances Walker.

Upcoming Events

  • All programs held at the library are free and open to the public.
  • All programs are held in the Atheneum Lower Gallery, unless noted otherwise.
  • Programs are run on a first come, first served basis.  Tickets are available at the Children’s desk 30 minutes before programs begin.
  • Program registration, when required, may be completed either at the children’s desk, or on our online calendar of events. Click on the icon of a hand to sign up.
  • Please help us to maintain safe, high quality programming by honoring our age suggestions and space limitations.
  • Many thanks to the Nantucket Golf Club Foundation for its generous support of our summer programs for children.



The Weezie library for children, Nantucket Atheneum
The Weezie library for children, Nantucket Atheneum
The Weezie library for children, Nantucket Atheneum
The Weezie library for children, Nantucket Atheneum

The Weezie Library offers programming throughout the year for children ages birth to 18.

Please CHECK OUR CURRENT CALENDAR for the latest offerings.

  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the library. Please enjoy your snacks outside before attending programs in the building.
  • All programs are held in the Atheneum Lower Gallery unless noted otherwise.
  • Programs run on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are available at the Weezie desk 30 minutes before each program begins or when the library opens at 9:30 for a program starting at 9:45.
  • Program registration, when required, may be completed either at the Weezie desk or through our online calendar.
  • Please help us to maintain safe, high-quality programming by honoring our age suggestions and space limitations.
  • For questions regarding our programs, please phone the Weezie Desk at (508) 228-1110 x103.

Story times are offered to preschools throughout the community.

If you are an educator and would like the children’s librarian to visit your school, please email Leslie Malcolm at

The Weezie library for children, Nantucket Atheneum

Outdoor Chess & Checker Board

The Weezie library for children, Nantucket Atheneum

An outdoor chess/checker table has now being installed off the Garden at the Nantucket Atheneum.

Library patrons can begin to enjoy this new amenity after June 5th, made possible by a donor. A sturdy, weather-resistant chess set may be checked out at the Circulation Desk. The Atheneum hopes the whole community will enjoy playing chess on the granite chess tables with comfortable wooden slatted benches to the library.

The second mission of the outdoor table is to promote another way to enjoy the garden and the downtown community.

Libraries have always been a place people go in order to encounter new ideas, learn new skills, and to meet the rest of the community. So stop on by the Atheneum and try your hand at a bit of chess. You may find it suits you.

The Atheneum has a chess set with an electronic timer in one package. The chessmen are available, with a library card, from the circulation desk.

Cold Turkey Plunge On Thanksgiving Day

This annual Atheneum fundraiser features hundreds of spectators and swimmers who brave the cold waters at Children’s Beach on Thanksgiving morning to benefit the Weezie Library for Children. Complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and pastries are generously provided by local businesses.

Individual Plungers and teams are encouraged to have their family, coworkers and friends sponsor their participation in the Turkey Plunge by donating to the event! All proceeds benefit the Nantucket Atheneum Weezie Library for Children, the island’s public library.

Please register online or pick up a Plunge Card at the Atheneum’s main desk. 

On Thanksgiving morning, please arrive at the beach at least 30 minutes early to complete registration and receive your wristband and Plunge tee-shirt (while supplies last).

Skip the line day of and attend advanced registration on November 27nd between 9:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the Atheneum. Early Bird gets the worm — or t-shirt in this case! T-shirts will be handed out to all early registrants the day before the plunge and while supplies last day of! 

The Cold Turkey Plunge takes place rain or shine. All funds raised for this event are nonrefundable.


Let’s make Summer Slide a thing of the past!

20 minutes a day is all it takes.

What has come to be known as “Summer Slide” is the biggest challenge for teachers every fall. Study after study has shown that children who join a summer reading program keep their minds active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and prepared to succeed. Conversely, research has shown that children who do not read during the summer may lose two months or more of the reading progress they had made in school. Find a time that works for you and set it aside for reading; 20 minutes a day is all it takes.

The Weezie Library for Children is happy to offer a summer reading program for children and teens that begins each year in mid-June and runs through the end of August. You may register for the program at the Weezie desk starting in June. Every reader receives a book bag (while supplies last) and a reading record, along with other goodies and helpful tips on making the most of your summer reading.

Each year brings a new theme with accompanying programming and prizes! Make sure to check our current calendar for the latest news and events.

Clams catalog and app

The Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing (CLAMS) catalog is the primary catalog of the Nantucket Atheneum.

CLAMS is the shared library catalog of the Cape and Islands Libraries Automated Materials Sharing Network, a non-profit, cooperative association of libraries on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket.

Member libraries share resources – over 1.6 million items including books, magazines, and non-print resources – through a computer network with terminals located in each member library and also through an online portal.

A CLAMS library card allows patrons to borrow books and other materials from all member libraries.


Together with our fellow cape libraries, we offer you CLAMS Library Network app for searching, reserving and self-checkout. The CLAMS Library Network app is available for iOS and Android.

Don’t have a library card? Request one through the app and access e-content right away.

The CLAMS Library Network App is available through the App Store and Google Play. Search for “CLAMS Library Network” to download the app to your mobile device.

Find more information at CLAMS, Introducing Our New App.

The Nantucket Atheneum is pleased to offer Community Service opportunities in cooperation with the Nantucket High School Guidance Department.

Participants must be students at Nantucket High School and members of the Atheneum’s Teen Advisory Board. Community Service hours are earned for actively participating in Teen Advisory Board meetings and for library projects and teen programs that emanate from those meetings.

Possible other opportunities include repairing library materials, shelving books, assembling new patron packets, or helping with children’s programs.

For more information or to join, please see Teen Advisory Board.

Programs for teens at the Atheneum are developed with the suggestions and fresh perspective of our Teen Advisory Board, which meets once per month during the school year.

“GooseGoose” is an audio app for CHILDREN created by the Arzamas project. This app is for those who speak the Russian language or want to learn it in a fun way!

Listen to the best experts talking about history and astronomy, music and art, dinosaurs and memes, Vikings and design. “GooseGoose” also has fairy tales, stories, and lullabies for the little ones.

You can listen to it on the way to school, before bed, while walking the dog, or on the plane.

This app is for the whole family! Have fun and learn something new together!

Arzamas project was kind to offer a FREE access to the “GooseGoose” app for 90 days!

Download the App, Go to their Website and Use Promo code NANTUCKET to enjoy podcasts, stories, and more!

Please note that the offer is valid for the first 30 people!

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We suggest some books for children and teens.


Services and programs for teens are located on the Second floor on the West side of the Great Hall.

The comprehensive teen collection includes fiction and non-fiction titles, DVDs, magazines, graphic novels, video games, and reference materials. With the help of the Teen Advisory Board composed of teens from local schools, the Atheneum offers a wide range of teen programs throughout the year.

Please stop by and visit the Young Adult Area which is open 6 days per week during regular library hours and staffed with a YA Services Assistant from 2:30 pm to 5.30 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 2.30 pm to 7.30 pm on Thursday; and 12:00 pm to 4.00 pm on Saturdays.

«The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library»

Albert Einstein