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ABBOT PUBLIC LIBRARY – DECEMBER 2021 EVENTS
Wednesday, December 1st – Friday, December 31st
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OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

Monday: 9:30 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:30 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Public computers are available with limited access to printing

As of December 1st, Grab and Go Service is suspended.

In consideration of the health and safety of our community, especially our youngest patrons, masks are required in the library.

 

MUSEUM PASSES

The Abbot Public Library is proud to announce the return of our beloved Museum Pass Program. Patrons can log on here to reserve passes and promo codes for some of the best museums in the Greater Boston area. Thanks to the generous support of the Friends of Abbot Public Library, we are able to offer passes and promo codes to:

Patrons without access to the internet can reserve a pass/promo code right at the circulation desk or by calling (781) 631-1481 (though some passes may require an email address in order to be used).

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ADULT PROGRAMS 

Virtual Bestselling Author Series: David Baldacci Discusses ‘Mercy’
Thursday, December 9th, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Online Via Zoom.
Please register here

David Baldacci will discuss his latest book, Mercy, via Zoom on Thursday, December 9th at 7:00 pm. 

FBI Agent Atlee Pine’s harrowing search for her long-lost sister Mercy reaches a boiling point in this breakneck thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci. For her entire life, FBI agent Atlee Pine has been searching for her twin sister, Mercy, who was abducted at the age of six and never seen again. Mercy’s disappearance left behind a damaged family that later shattered beyond repair when Atlee’s parents inexplicably abandoned her. Now, after a perilous investigation that nearly proved fatal, Atlee has finally discovered not only the reason behind her parents’ abandonment and Mercy’s kidnapping, but also the most promising breakthrough yet: proof that Mercy survived her abduction and then escaped her captors many years ago.

Reserve print copies of Mercy with your online account or in ebook or e-audiobook format on Overdrive or through Overdrive’s Libby app.

David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world’s favorite storytellers. His books are published in over forty-five languages and in more than eighty countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at DavidBaldacci.com and his foundation at WishYouWellFoundation.org.

This event is hosted by the Tewksbury Public Library in collaboration with Wellesley Books and many other Massachusetts Public Libraries, including Abbot Public Library.

 

Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes Featuring the Work of Aria Aber
Saturday, December 11th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library and Online Via Zoom
To attend via Zoom, please register in advance for this meeting here

Poetry Packets are available near the library’s Main Desk, or you can download the Word Document here: Aria Aber Poems.

On Saturday, December 11th, the Poetry Salon at the Abbot Public Library will continue its study of Asian-American poets by focusing on Aria Aber. Aber was raised in Germany, where she was born to Afghan refugees, and is based in Oakland, California. She is currently a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. Her first full-length collection, Hard Damage, was published in September 2019. Poet Catherine Barnett writes, “with disarming ease, Hard Damage leaps from the personal to the political, from song to theory, from Rilke to ‘Afghan Blow,’ from a German childhood back to an earlier Afghani family history, ending up in a richly vexed American life.”

Aber herself writes that “English is not my first language, and many of those who write in English today share this fate: we are to English a foreigner; it is the colonizer’s garden through which we wade and where we meet.” She continues: “It’s true that poetry finds us when we least expect it, and perhaps when we need its lyric shrine the most. Poetry is everywhere; ideally, you are perceptive enough to be able to be charmed by its omnipresence.” 

Join Marblehead Poet Claire Keyes at the Abbot Public Library from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm on December 11th for a discussion of Aria Aber’s poems, or you may choose to join via Zoom. To attend via Zoom, please register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

“Continuing Conversations on Race: How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time”
Monday, December 20th, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Co-sponsored by Abbot Public Library and the Marblehead Racial Justice Team
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library and Online Via Zoom
To attend via Zoom, please register in advance for this meeting here

Abbot Public Library and the Marblehead Racial Justice Team are presenting “Continuing Conversations on Race.” We’re back in the library and on Zoom on Monday, December 20th from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Living while black can be dangerous. Looking at headlines in the news demonstrates the narrative of racial injustice. We’ll look at ways daily activities like eating, walking, or generally “living while Black” by people of color are often considered threatening to white people, who turn to police to ensure personal comfort. We’ll take time to consider where the power is and discover the ways we can change the narrative. There is a structure to systematic racism. By changing our actions, we can change the stories of trauma into stories of healing for us all.

Please come prepared to share personal stories of injustice that you’ve seen or experienced and suggestions for change.

These ongoing conversations are a safe and welcoming place in which we explore our own privilege and biases, our questions, and where we continue to learn and grow by hearing each other’s stories so that we can best make a difference. It is a place for listening, conversation, and engagement.

This program will be hybrid, offered in person and on Zoom. Register for the Zoom link here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This program is co-sponsored by Abbot Public Library and the Marblehead Racial Justice Team.

 

TEEN PROGRAMS 

Visit the Teen Instagram at @AbbotLibraryTeens

 

Winter Decorators
Tuesdays, December 7th and 14th, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Children’s Room, Abbot Public Library
For teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12
Register by emailing
marteen@noblenet.org or calling (781) 631-1481, Ext. 218

Help decorate the Children’s Room for the winter season! Make paper snowflakes, hang decorations, and more to turn the Children’s Room into a Winter Wonderland. This program counts towards volunteer/community service hours.

 

Teen Event Planners
Wednesdays, December 8th and 15th, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Teen Room, Abbot Public Library
For teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12
Register by emailing
marteen@noblenet.org or calling (781) 631-1481, Ext. 218

Help the Teen Librarian plan programs and events for the new year! Share ideas of what type of programs you would like to see hosted by the library. Plan, prepare, and help run programs for all ages. This program counts towards volunteer/community service hours.

 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS 

Story Time A-Go-Go
Wednesdays, December 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 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 kids ages 18 months to 2.8 years old. It is designed to help children make fun, active connections between stories and movement.

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

 

Make-It, Take-It Craft
Thursdays, December 2nd, 9th, and 16th, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

Children are invited to drop in between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm to complete a simple craft to take home.

 

Story Stroll
Saturday, December 4th through Friday, December 31st
Dawn to Dusk
Lee Mansion Gardens
161 Washington St, Marblehead, MA 01945

Sustainable Marblehead is pleased to announce that we will present a “Story Stroll” in partnership with the Abbot Public Library during Marblehead’s 50th Annual Christmas Walk on Saturday, December 4th and Sunday, December 5th. 

The community is invited to the gardens of the Jeremiah Lee Mansion to enjoy the beauty of nature while reading a wonderful winter-themed children’s picture book, each page posted to a different location in the garden. Thanks to the Marblehead Museum’s Jeremiah Lee Mansion & Garden for making the space available for this festive family event. Visitors can enjoy the Story Stroll at no cost throughout the month of December during the garden’s regular hours from dawn to dusk.

 

Story Time Yoga with Lindsey Kravitz
Tuesday, December 7th, 10:30 am
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 and bubbles (using a bubble machine or/and bubble wands).

All ages 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 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.

 

Children’s Party Planner Volunteer Group
Wednesdays, December 8th, 15th, and 22th, 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
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 new 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, December 8th and 22nd, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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 involved in the planning of the Mock Newbery Event in January.

 

Pom-Pom Maker Workshop with Anita Greenhut
Thursday, December 9th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
For kids in grades 2-6
 

Children from grades 2-6 are invited to join craft instructor Anita Greenhut in the second in a series of crochet instruction workshops continuing 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. 

 

Music with Dara
Friday, December 17th, 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 at the library! 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 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.