Summer Reading Kickoff Celebration

Summer Reading Kickoff Celebration

Join us on Saturday, June 10, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a celebration of summer reading. The event will be held rain or shine. If it rains, we will move the outdoor activities inside.


10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Crafts and Toys for Children

Children are invited to visit the Children’s Room to sign up for our Summer Reading incentive program or borrow books, color and play with toys.


10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Friends of Abbot Public Library Book Sale

The Friends of Abbot Public Library will be having a book sale outside. Stop by for good deals on books and library merch. Get ready for a summer of reading with one of Abbot Public Library’s beach towels!


10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Sustainable Marblehead 

Stop by Sustainable Marblehead’s table for a special activity, book recommendations for your budding environmentalists and a chance to win a book to help you get outside and explore this summer. 


Shon Gordon of Rockabye Beats

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – STEAM Activity with Marblehead Water & Sewer Commission and Department of Public Works 

Marblehead Water & Sewer Commission and Department of Public Works will be offering a Coloring Contest for Keeping our Waters Clean and a water sampling demonstration.


10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Council on Aging

The COA will be offering mini herb gardens. Pick a colorful pot with soil and choose which seedling packet to plant.


10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Other Outdoor Activities

Lawn games, temporary tattoos, chalk drawing and a reading station with Marblehead Schools Parent Councils will be available outside. 


10:30 a.m. – Musical Story Time with Rockabye Beats (for ages 3-5)

Sing, play, explore instruments, dance, pretend and show off your goofy side with Shon Gordon of Rockabye Beats. It’s a chance for children and parents to have fun and come together as a community to jump into the world of music! Visit their website at

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


12 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Shubie’s Snacks Available for Purchase

Shubie’s will be selling snacks outside. 


Dan Blakeslee

2 p.m. – Dan Blakeslee – Music for the whole family!

With a suitcase of songs, Maine folk troubadour Dan Blakeslee ventured into the smoke laden subways of Boston in 1995 to practice his craft, and has since toured the U.S. and performed with Josh Ritter, Sean Rowe, David Wax Museum, Lydia Loveless, The Lumineers, Old 97’s, The Black Lillies, Liam Finn, and Kimya Dawson among others. His songs of true life adventures combine the essence of early folk music with a dose of country grit. In 2015, his dream of playing Newport Folk Festival became a reality, the location where Bob Dylan went electric 50 years earlier.” Visit his website at

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


2:30 p.m. – Terry’s Ice Cream Truck 

Terry’s Ice Cream Truck will stop by to close off the Summer Reading Kickoff!

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