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The Weezie Library for Children

Something for Children of All Ages

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss


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

  • 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.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the library. Please enjoy your snacks outside before attending programs in the building.

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


Leslie Malcolm (Head of the Weezie Library for Children)


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 or stop in and ask for Sierra, our YA Librarian.

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.


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 shows that children who join a summer reading program keep their minds active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and 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), a reading record, and 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.


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.

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).

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



The Children’s Librarian offers story times to preschools throughout the community.  If you are an educator and are interested in having the librarian visit your school, please contact:

Leslie Malcolm, Head of the Weezie Library for Children.

(508) 228-1110 ext. 104


We are always looking for new and dynamic programming for children and teens.  We are currently searching for someone to teach children’s chess.  We also own four sewing machines and would like to set up classes for tweens/teens.  Or, if you have a particular skill or talent you would like to share, we would be happy to hear from you.  If you are interested in becoming involved, please get in touch with Leslie Malcolm.

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“A child who reads will be an adult who thinks.”
Sasha Salmina