Children’s Programs

JUNE 2021 PROGRAMS

PLEASE NOTE: The in-person programs require registration as space is limited, and all participants must wear masks and follow social distancing protocols. 

All virtual children’s programs can be accessed on Abbot Public Library’s YouTube Channel at tinyurl.com/abbotyoutube.

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Music, Movement, and More with MaryBeth Maes
Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) of the North Shore Program
Mondays, June 7th and 21st, 10:30 am

Accessible on the Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel

MaryBeth Maes performs “Music, Movement and More” as Music and Movement Facilitator with the CFCE of the North Shore. MaryBeth uses children’s favorites and her own original children’s songs to engage toddlers in moving and dancing, gross motor skills, memorization, counting, rhyming, spelling, colors, singing, and more. Her videos through music teach them how to follow instructions and encourage parents to join in and help the littlest ones. She keeps her programs upbeat and fun. 

Children from birth to five years old are invited to this interactive program of songs, stories, and dancing. The video will be posted on the Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel.

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.

 

Story Time Yoga with Lindsey Kravitz
Tuesday, June 8th, 10:30 am
Outside in the Library’s Secret Garden

Registration Required – call the Children’s Room at 781-631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

Join Lindsey for story time yoga in the garden. 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 and bubbles (using a bubble machine and/or bubble wands) in the garden. Please bring along a picnic blanket and a bubble wand, if possible. You can visit Lindsey’s website at www.littlefrogdowndog.com.

All ages welcome, however the program is geared towards ages 18 months through 4 yearsSpace is limited, so please call the Children’s Room staff at 781-631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237 to register. 

This program is in-person and will be held outdoors in the library’s Secret Garden. All attendees and caregivers will be required to wear a mask and we will be adhering to current social distancing guidelines and COVID-19 safety protocols.

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

 

Story Time A-Go-Go
Wednesday, June 9th
, 10:30 am

Accessible on the Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel

Children are invited to view our monthly Wednesday Story Time A-Go-Go program online with stories and movement led by early childhood educator Debbie Leibowitz. Story Time A-Go-Go is a program for children from toddlers – ages 4 and up! It is designed to help children make fun, active connections between stories and movement. The videos will be posted monthly on the Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel

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

 

Songs with Spencer
Tuesday, June 22nd
, 10:30 am
Accessible on the
Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel

Come join us online for Songs with Spencer! You’ll hear many old favorites, a story or two, and some brand new tunes never heard before! Each performance includes a segment on social & emotional development, with the help of our beloved orange monster friend, Bowie. We’re so excited to make music for you all – get ready to sing and dance along! The videos will be posted monthly on the Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel!

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

 

Food Explorers
Wednesday, June 23rd, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Outside in the Library’s Secret Garden
Registration Required – call the Children’s Room at 781-631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

Join us for Food Explorers, the Abbot Library’s newest afterschool STEM program for kids! Follow your food as it goes from seed to compost and farm to table, and everything in between. Each session will include stories and activities, as well as a take-home craft or simple science experiment to help us explore and connect to the food we eat.

This month we are celebrating Pollinator Week with a bee-, butterfly-, and bird-themed story time. Get ready to learn all about why those pollinators you see flying around your garden are so important to the food we eat, and how we can help protect these amazing creatures!

This monthly program is best suited for children in kindergarten through second grade. Pre-registration is required as space is limited — to register, please call the Children’s Room at 781-631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237.

This program is in-person and will be held outdoors in the library’s Secret Garden. We will be adhering to current social distancing guidelines and COVID-19 safety protocols. Please dress for the weather, and note that masks are required for all participants and caregivers

 

Music with Dara
Friday, June 25th, 10:30 am
Outside in the Library’s Secret Garden

Registration Required – call the Children’s Room at 781-631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

This program has moved from Friday, June 18th to Friday, June 25th, due to the Juneteenth Holiday.

Join Dara for a monthly musical program you can enjoy in our garden! 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. Please bring a shaker of some sort and a scarf. 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 performing at libraries and teaching at local preschools and performs at libraries, parties, school programs, and special events.

Due to Covid-19 guidelines, masks and social distancing are required. 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.

 

Library Sprouts Seed Library

Come get seeds for planting in the Children’s Room! Our Seed Library (Library Sprouts) continues for Children on Tuesday and Thursday browsing days. The seed library will be available daily as a curbside offering as well. Call 781-631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237 and ask the Children’s Room staff about available seeds.

Kids who are interested in starting their own garden, indoors or out, can take out seeds from the library starting this month. Choose a type of seed, up to three different kinds, and get up to five seeds of each kind. Seeds will be put in a small labelled bag inside the curbside bags or can be picked up on browsing days. Planting guidelines will be included. 

Later in the summer, kids can gather seeds produced from their plants or from friends and donate them to the Children’s Room seed collection. The result will be that, eventually, we will have a revolving children’s library of seeds from local gardens. 

This program is supported by the Driftwood Garden Club, and the efforts of seniors at the Lafayette Nursing Home in Marblehead. 

 

SUMMER READING

Abbot Public Library Children’s Summer Reading Program
Friday, June 21st – Friday, August 13th

Come read this summer and win prizes! Read or listen to 15 books and earn a prize. There is no limit on how many books you can read over the course of the summer. Children are invited to come to the library and pick up a reading log and record titles they have read. They turn them in and choose a prize (books, gift certificates, memo pads, stickers, coloring books, museum vouchers, etc.) each time it is complete. 

At the close of summer, we will hold a raffle for a grand prize of a bookstore gift card for the highest readers in each of three age categories. The Ice Cream Giveaway is on the last day – Friday, August 13th – to turn in all reading logs. The following Monday raffle winners will be called.

Be on the alert for the docents with the Driftwood Garden Club and their monarch butterfly garden outside at the library as well this summer.

 

Marblehead Public Schools Summer Recommended and Required Reading 

We have many copies available for titles on the Marblehead Elementary school recommended and required reading lists for summer. Plenty of copies for both lower and upper elementary grades. Come and borrow and read or listen to school-assigned reading during the long days of summer and get ahead of the fall assignments.

 


 

JULY 2021 PROGRAMS

PLEASE NOTE: The in-person programs require registration as space is limited, and participants are encouraged to wear masks and follow social distancing protocols. 

All virtual children’s programs can be accessed on Abbot Public Library’s YouTube Channel.

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Music, Movement, and More with MaryBeth Maes
Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) of the North Shore Program
Mondays, July 5th and 19th, 10:30 am

Accessible on the Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel

PLEASE NOTE: the Library will be CLOSED on Monday, July 5th for the Independence Day Holiday, but this program will still be available online.

MaryBeth Maes performs “Music, Movement, and More” as Music and Movement Facilitator with the CFCE of the North Shore. MaryBeth uses children’s favorites and her own original children’s songs to engage toddlers in moving and dancing, (gross motor skills), memorization, counting, rhyming, spelling, colors, singing, and more.  Her videos through music teach them how to follow instructions, and encourage parents to join in and help the littlest ones. She keeps her programs upbeat and fun. 

Children from birth to five years old are invited to this interactive program of songs, stories, and dancing. The video will be posted on the Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel

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.

 

Story Time Yoga with Lindsey Kravitz
Tuesday, July 6th, 10:30 am
Outside in the Library’s Secret Garden
Registration Required – call the Children’s Room at 781-631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

Join Lindsey for Story Time Yoga in the garden. 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 and bubbles (using a bubble machine and/or bubble wands) in the garden. Please bring along a picnic blanket and a bubble wand, if possible. You can visit Lindsey’s website here.

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 outdoors in the library’s Secret Garden. Masks and social distancing are encouraged but not required.

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

 

Story Time A-Go-Go
Wednesdays, July 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, 10:30 am
Outside in the Library’s Secret Garden
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 in the Secret Garden with stories and movement led by early childhood educator Debbie Leibowitz. Story Time A-Go-Go is a program for children from toddlers – ages 4 and up! It is designed to help children make fun, active connections between stories and movement. If the weather is inclement, the story time will be in the library’s Meeting Room. Registration is required, so please call 781-631-1481, Ext. 217 to register.

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

 

Books & Brushes Club in the Garden
Thursdays, July 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 3:00 pm
Outside in the Library’s Secret Garden
Registration Required – call the Children’s Room at 781-631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

Our afternoon club will meet in the garden and listen to a nature poem or an audiobook short story while doing a craft to take home. The craft will be for fun and enjoying the process, and will reflect what we see in the garden and listen to for inspiration. Each week will be about trying different media; watercolor, mosaics, printing, and collage. Books & Brushes Club is designed for grades 4 – 6. Club size is limited to eight children. Registration is required, so please call 781-631-1481, Ext. 217 to register.

 

Music with Dara
Friday, July 16th, 10:30 am
Outside in the Library’s Secret Garden
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 our garden! 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 instrument playing. Please bring a shaker of some sort and a scarf. 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 performing at libraries and teaching at local preschools and performs at libraries, parties, school programs, and special events. 

Masks and social distancing are encouraged. 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.

 

Library Sprouts Seed Library 

Come get seeds for planting in the Children’s Room! Our Seed Library (Library Sprouts) continues for Children on browsing days – Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays through Saturdays. The seed library will be available on Wednesdays as a Curbside Pickup offering as well. Call 781-631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237 and ask the Children’s Room staff about available seeds.

Kids who are interested in starting their own garden, indoors or out, can take out seeds from the library. Choose a type of seed, up to three different kinds, and get up to five seeds of each kind. Seeds will be put in a small labelled bag inside the curbside bags or can be picked up on browsing days. Planting guidelines will be included. 

Later in the summer, kids can gather seeds produced from their plants or from friends and donate them to the Children’s Room seed collection. The result will be that, eventually, we will have a revolving children’s library of seeds from local gardens. 

This program is supported by the Driftwood Garden Club, and the efforts of seniors at the Lafayette Nursing Home in Marblehead.

 

SUMMER READING

Abbot Public Library Children’s Summer Reading Program
Friday, June 21st – Friday, August 13th

Come read this summer and win prizes! Read or listen to 15 books and earn a prize. There is no limit on how many books you can read over the course of the summer. Children are invited to come to the library and pick up a reading log and record the titles they have read or listened to. 

As kids finish their reading logs, they turn them in to library staff and choose a prize (books, gift certificates, memo pads, stickers, coloring books, museum vouchers, etc.) each time they complete listing all 15 books on their reading log. 

Another way to complete the reading log is to do an animal count at home, the park, the beach, or the library on one day. Children will watch for that animal and record on a line in their log the total times they have seen that animal. Even zero counts as completing the activity as the idea is to be paying attention to the creatures around us. There can be up to four animal scavenger hunts on a log. 

Examples of animal scavenger hunts with one for each week: squirrel, blue jay, rabbit, butterfly, turkey, toad, woodpecker, and snail.

At the close of summer, we will hold a raffle for a grand prize of a bookstore gift card for the highest readers in each of three age categories. The Ice Cream Giveaway is on the last day – Friday, August 13th – to turn in all reading logs. The following Monday raffle winners will be called.

 

Marblehead Public Schools Summer Recommended and Required Reading 

We have many copies available for titles on the Marblehead Elementary Schools recommended and required reading lists for summer. Plenty of copies for both lower and upper elementary grades. Come and borrow and read or listen to school-assigned reading during the long days of summer and get ahead of the fall assignments.