Children’s Programs

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

 

JANUARY 2022 PROGRAMS

CANCELLED
Story Time Yoga with Lindsey Kravitz
Tuesday, January 4th, 10:30 am
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
For kids ages 18 months through 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.

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. 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
Wednesdays, January 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, 10:30 am
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
For kids ages 18 months to 2.8 years old
Registration Required – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

Children are invited to view our weekly Wednesday Story Time A-Go-Go program with stories and movement led by early childhood educator Debbie Leibowitz. Story Time A-Go-Go is a program for children ages 18 months to 2.8 years old. It is designed to help children make fun, active connections between stories and movement. The story time will be held in the library’s Meeting Room.

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

 

Children’s Party Planner Volunteer Group
Wednesdays, January 5th and 26th, 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
For sixth grade students
Registration Required – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

Students in sixth grade are invited to join our party planner volunteer group. We meet on Wednesdays after school to plan seasonal party events at the library for kids of all ages. Get involved in planning and making decorations, prizes, games, music, and crafts for children. We need helpers for winter and spring events starting in 2022. Please call the Children’s Room at 781-631-1481, Ext. 217 to register. Space is limited, but we can form a second group if needed on a different day.

 

Book Reviewers Club
Wednesdays, January 5th and 19th, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
For sixth grade students
Registration Required – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

Planned for sixth grade students, our club meetings are every two weeks to give everyone a chance to read a book during that period. Students are invited to choose a book that interests them from the cart provided, score it, and share their recommendation with each other during meetings. We will also be crafting “reading gnomes” with a book title to hide in different locations in the Children’s Room for people to discover. 

 

Beginner Sewing Basics with Ms. Laurie
Thursdays, January 6th, 13th, and 20th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
For children in grades 3-5
Registration Required – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

The January 13th and 20th sessions have been canceled due to the library closing on Tuesdays and Thursdays to provide Curbside Pick-Up. The sessions will be rescheduled. 

Come learn how to sew cute crafts with Ms. Laurie! Children in grades 3-5 will learn basic stitching, embroidery, sewing buttons, and more in this 3-class series. We’ll sew gobble monsters, emoji pillows, and bean bag chickens. No previous sewing experience is necessary and all supplies are provided. Registration for all three classes is required. Class size is limited to 5 children.

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

 

CANCELED
Miss Bonnie’s Music Class
Monday, January 10th, 10:30 am
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
For children ages 0-5
Registration Required – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

Miss Bonnie’s Music Class has been canceled and will resume in the Spring/Summer. 

Miss Bonnie’s Music Class is a music therapy-based curriculum for kids ages 0-5 years old! Children will explore rhythm, pitch, dynamics, and other aspects of musicality using a variety of instruments. Bonnie earned a Bachelor’s in Music from New York University and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Music Therapy with an emphasis on child development at Lesley University. The goal of this class is to engage children in singing, dancing, and playing while providing the groundwork for cognitive development, fine motor skills, and language. Follow Miss Bonnie on Instagram @MissBonnieMusic and join the fun!

Caregivers must attend and registration is required. 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.

 

NEW DATES!
Intro to 3D Printing
Mondays, January 24th, 31st, and February 7th, 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
For children in grades 4-6
Registration Required – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

Children in grades 4-6 are invited to learn to use a 3D printer in three sessions. 

Intro to 3D printing is a fun and engaging class that instructs young students in 3D printing. The class will take place over 3 sessions that are each an hour long, and at the end of the final session, the students will leave with a 3D printed object of their own design. We welcome any students in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade who are interested in learning about 3D printing. No prior experience with 3D printers is required. Registration is limited, so please call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 to sign up.

 

CANCELED
Story Time with Jan
Tuesday, January 11th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Children’s 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

This program has been canceled due to the library closing on Tuesdays and Thursdays to provide Curbside Pick-Up. 

Children ages 2-5 are welcome to come listen to a story by Jan and do a craft planned around a theme. Caregivers must attend and registration is required. Please call the Children’s Room to register at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217.

 

Mock Newbery Event
Wednesday, January 12th, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
Registration Recommended – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

On Wednesday, January 12th, we will invite the Village School Library book club and APL’s Reviewer’s Book Club to vote on their choices for our Mock Newbery award at our event. The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children’s book published the previous year. We are honoring this award by holding our own “Mock Newbery,” an event that has students who have been meeting in book groups choosing a winning book they believe deserves the award. The winning book chosen at this event will be included on the list of the Massachusetts Book Award this year. 

Our sixth grade Children’s Party Planner Volunteer Group will coordinate décor, voting recording, and refreshments, and help distribute Newbery merchandise for participants in the voting. Registration is recommended – please call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237. 

About the John Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

The Newbery Award became the first children’s book award in the world. Its terms, as well as its long history, continue to make it the best known and most discussed children’s book award in this country.

From the beginning of the awarding of the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, committees could, and usually did, cite other books as worthy of attention. Such books are now referred to as Newbery or Caldecott Honor Books.

 

CANCELED – TO RESUME IN MARCH
Marblehead Music and Movement
Tuesdays, January 18th and 25th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
For children from birth to five years old
Registration Required – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

This program has been canceled due to the library closing on Tuesdays and Thursdays to provide Curbside Pick-Up and will resume in March.

Music and Movement, a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) program of the North Shore, will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesdays, January 18th and 25th in the library’s 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 Brandy perform songs that help kids stretch, shake out the sillies, freeze dance, sing, and much more. Join the fun and upbeat program that gets children and caregivers involved and singing. Registration is recommended – please call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237.

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.

 

Music with Dara
Friday, January 21st, 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. 

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.

 

Adam Ciccio Children’s Author Visit
Sunday, January 23rd, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
For kids ages 5+ and parents
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
Registration Required – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

Families are invited to come and meet children’s author Adam Ciccio, who wrote the picture book The Boy in the Orange Cape (ages 5+), which was illustrated by Emmanuel Volant and published in 2021 by Clavis Publishing. There will be a special reading of this book, with opportunities for parents and kids to ask the author questions and do a related craft. 

Adam Ciccio owns and operates a mental health private practice for children and adults in Marblehead, Massachusetts, the same town where he currently resides. Ciccio is the author of seven children’s books that focus on developmental growth and self-confidence during early childhood.

 

CANCELED
Fabric Paint Projects with Ms. Marcia
Tuesday, January 25th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
For kids in grades 3-5
Registration Required – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

This program has been canceled due to the library closing on Tuesdays and Thursdays to provide Curbside Pick-Up and will resume in March. 

Children in grades 3-5 are invited to a three-session program after school to experiment with fabric paint effects. We will try different fabric paints: brushwork with flat paint, 3D paint, fabric markers, and fabric glitter paint. We will work on a cotton t-shirt, a canvas tote, and a baseball cap to take home. This is a chance to try different paint effects on clothing that you can individualize. Registration is required to have sufficient supplies. Please call the Children’s Room to register at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217.

 

CANCELED
Learn to Crochet Workshop
with Anita Greenhut
Thursday, January 27th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Children’s Room, Abbot Public Library
Registration Recommended – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

This program has been canceled due to the library closing on Tuesdays and Thursdays to provide Curbside Pick-Up. 

Children from grades 2-6 are invited to join craft instructor Anita Greenhut in a series of crochet instruction workshops beginning with how to make pom-poms for crafts, clothing, and gifts. Anita has a strong background in fiber arts education for all ages. This program is designed as an introduction to using the tools and materials in crochet. Registration is recommended. Please call the Children’s Room to register at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 to register.