Children’s Programs

Read about all our many free programs for children held weekly or monthly. We offer programs from infancy through sixth grade!

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JUNE 2022 PROGRAMS

CHILDREN’S SUMMER READING 2022: OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES
Saturday, June 11 to Friday, August 19, 2022

Children are invited to come to the Children’s Room and sign up for our Summer Reading Program. Receive a reading log to record time spent reading or listening over the summer, and a packet of fun items.

Every time kids come to the library, they can show the reading logs, get them stamped, and receive a ticket for the Summer Reading Prize Basket Raffle.

All Summer Reading Prize Raffle Baskets are sponsored by the Friends of Abbot Public Library. 

All participants in the summer program can come to our Ice Cream Giveaway on Friday, August 19.

This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Children’s Summer Reading Kickoff Day
Saturday, June 11, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

11:00 am in the Meeting Room: Author (Alec Carvlin) Author Reading, Presentation, and Craft on his book, How to Bake a Universe

Calling all cosmic chefs! Alec Carvlin will be reading his debut picture book, How to Bake a Universe, at the Abbot Public Library. Kids in grades K-3 will love decorating their own cosmic sunglasses, hearing the book read aloud by the author, and asking questions about the fun and funky science at the end.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm in Children’s Room: Craft Table

There will be simple crafts for all ages featuring a shark, octopus, and sailing boat paper craft. Caregivers should remain in the room for children under seven.

2:00 pm in the Children’s Room: Scavenger Game

Find books on our shelves related to ocean stories and ocean facts, plus decorative items in the room. Check off the scavenger hunt form and receive a family voucher for free admission to the U.S.S. Constitution in Boston!

Register for the Children’s Summer Reading program, find out the rules and take home information and a free packet of items to color.

 

Marblehead School Reading Assignments 

Marblehead school lists of recommended and required summer reading are available for grades K-6 in the Children’s Room.

Please Note: Summer Reading titles will not be available after August.

 

 

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Story Time A-Go-Go
Wednesdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 10:30 am
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
For ages 0-4 years old
Registration Required – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

Children are invited to our weekly Wednesday Story Time A-Go-Go program with stories and movement led by early childhood educator Debbie Leibowitz. The program is recommended for babies to age four, but all are welcome! It is designed to help children make fun, active connections between stories and movement. The story time will be held in the library Meeting Room. Registration is required – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237.

This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Make-It, Take-It Craft
Thursdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Children’s Room, Abbot Public Library

Children of all ages can come to the Children’s Room anytime between 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and make a craft to take home.

 

Dr. Louden Early Literacy Event
Monday, June 6, 10:30 am – Noon
In collaboration with the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program of the North Shore
Registration Required – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

10:30 am: Moving and Grooving Playgroup with Brandi

Brandi Howard is a playgroup facilitator for the CFCE of the North Shore. Her groups include activities focusing on children’s fine and gross motor skills, literacy, balance, and coordination. Miss Brandi also ensures that all activities proposed in her groups encourage and support parent and child engagement.

11:00 am: Early Literacy Resources

Early literacy with CFCE community resources available with Director/Parent Child Plus, and of the CFCE Donna Connelly will be available to answer individual parent questions.

11:15 am: Marybeth Maes strolling and singing her favorites

MaryBeth Maes has been working as a music and movement coordinator with the CFCE of the North Shore for 7 years. She has been singing, teaching, and performing locally, as well as traveling in the US and overseas, for over 30 years. She just released her first all-original children’s CD/album, “MaryBeth Maes – Music, Movement and More.” She also performs at local assisted living spots and senior centers, using geriatric music therapy.

11:15 am: Simple crafts available to make and take for young children

12:00 pm: Parting gift of free books! These will include choices of a board book, reader, or a paperback picture book for each child participant at noon when the program ends.

Register for the event and earn that free book as long as supplies last. Please call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237.

This event is sponsored by the Dr. Louden Memorial Fund, the Abbot Public Library, and Coordinated Family & Community Engagement Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care awarded to Peabody Public Schools to serve families on the North Shore.

 

Moving and Grooving Playgroup
Part of the Dr. Louden Early Literacy Event
Monday, June 6, 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
For ages 0-5 years old
Registration Recommended – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

Moving and Grooving Playgroup, a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) Program of the North Shore, will be held at 10:30 am in the library Meeting Room. The program will focus on interactive song and dance for children from birth to five years old. Children are invited to listen to CFCE of the North Shore facilitator Miss Brandi work with music and different movements to get the children and their grown- ups engaged, focusing on social interactions and gross motor development.

The program this month will only be held on June 6 in conjunction with the Dr. Louden Early Literacy Event. Registration is recommended – please call the Children’s Room staff at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 to register.

This program is funded by the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care awarded to Peabody Public Schools to serve families on the North Shore.

 

CANCELED
Story Time Yoga with Lindsey Kravitz

Tuesday, June 7, 10:30 am
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library 
For kids ages 18 months – 4 years
Registration Required – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

Join Lindsey for Story Time Yoga. Lindsey will combine stretching, breathing, songs, poses, and relaxation. Kids will act out the story through yoga poses and stretches. We will end class with a savasana together.

All ages are welcome, however the program is geared towards ages 18 months through 4 years. Space is limited, so please call the Children’s Room staff at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 to register. Don’t forget to bring a small blanket or mat. This program is in-person and will be held in the Meeting Room.

This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Music with Dara
Fridays, June 10 and 17, 10:30 am
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
For kids ages 2-5 years old
Registration Required – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

Join Dara for a monthly musical program you can enjoy in person! With keyboard, felt board, finger puppets, and other engaging visual props, Dara incorporates old favorites and new songs, finger plays, rhythmic activities, creative movement, and instrumental playing. Lots of clapping, marching, singing, creative expression, and FUN!

The program is ideal for children ages 2-5 years old. Dara VanRemoortel is an early childhood music specialist who has been teaching at local preschools and performs at libraries, parties, school programs, and special events.

This program is registration only and is limited in space to 20 children. Please call the Children’s Room to register at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217.

This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 


 

 

JULY 2022 PROGRAMS

 

CHILDREN’S SUMMER READING 2022: OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES
Saturday, June 11 to Friday, August 19

Children are invited to come to the Children’s Room and sign up for our Summer Reading Program. Receive a reading log to record time spent reading or listening over the summer, and a packet of fun items. 

Every time kids come to the library, they can show the reading logs, get them stamped, and receive a ticket for the Summer Reading Prize Basket Raffle. 

All Summer Reading Prize Raffle Baskets are sponsored by the Friends of Abbot Public Library. 

All participants in the summer program can come to our Ice Cream Giveaway on Friday, August 19. 

This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Marblehead School Reading Assignments 

Marblehead school lists of recommended and required summer reading are available for grades K-6 in the Children’s Room.

Please Note: Summer Reading titles will not be available after August.

 

MORE CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS 

Story Time Yoga with Lindsey Kravitz
Tuesday, July 5, 10:30 am
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
For kids ages 18 months – 4 years
Registration Required – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

Join Lindsey for Story Time Yoga. Lindsey will combine stretching, breathing, songs, poses, and relaxation. Kids will act out the story through yoga poses and stretches. We will end class with a savasana together.

All ages are welcome, however the program is geared towards ages 18 months through 4 years. Space is limited, so please call the Children’s Room staff at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 to register. Don’t forget to bring a small blanket or mat. This program is in-person and will be held in the Meeting Room.

This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Story Time A-Go-Go
Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20, and 27, 10:30 am
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
For ages 0-4 years old
Registration Required – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

Children are invited to our weekly Wednesday Story Time A-Go-Go program with stories and movement led by early childhood educator Debbie Leibowitz. The program is recommended for babies to age four, but all are welcome! It is designed to help children make fun, active connections between stories and movement. The storytime will be held in the library Meeting Room. Registration is required – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237.

This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Make-It, Take-It Craft
Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Children’s Room, Abbot Public Library

Children of all ages can come to the Children’s Room anytime between 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and make a craft to take home. 

 

Music with Dara
Fridays, July 8 and 15, 10:30 am
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
For kids ages 2-5 years old
Registration Required – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

Join Dara for a monthly musical program you can enjoy in-person! With keyboard, felt board, finger puppets, and other engaging visual props, Dara incorporates old favorites and new songs, finger plays, rhythmic activities, creative movement, and instrumental playing. Lots of clapping, marching, singing, creative expression, and FUN!

The program is ideal for children ages 2-5 years old. Dara VanRemoortel is an early childhood music specialist who has been teaching at local preschools and performing at libraries, parties, school programs, and special events. 

This program is registration only and is limited in space to 20 children. Please call the Children’s Room to register at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217.

This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.