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UPDATED SERVICE HOURS AS OF JUNE 14TH

In response to the Massachusetts State of Emergency ending on Tuesday, June 15th, the Abbot Public Library has updated our service hours and policies. 

Beginning on Monday, June 14th, Abbot Public Library will be open to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm and on Saturdays from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. On Wednesdays, we will be closed to the public in order to continue to provide our popular Curbside Pickup Service. Please see our full schedule below:

 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

MONDAY: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
TUESDAY: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
THURSDAY: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
FRIDAY: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
SATURDAY: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

 

CURBSIDE PICKUP SERVICE

The building will be CLOSED to the public. Please register online or call 781-631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237 for children’s items and Ext. 201 or 223 for teen or adult items.

WEDNESDAY: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Masks will be optional beginning on Tuesday, June 15th, as this is the end of the Massachusetts State of Emergency. However, we encourage and support the wearing of masks by those who have not been vaccinated or who would prefer to continue to do so. 

Please note that public computers will be unavailable at this time.

Follow us on Facebook or visit our Service Updates page to stay updated on our services.

 


 

ABBOT PUBLIC LIBRARY – JUNE 2021 EVENTS
Tuesday, June 1st – Wednesday, June 30th
Upcoming at the Abbot Public Library
mar@noblenet.org • 781-631-1481
www.abbotlibrary.org
abbotpubliclibrary.wordpress.com
Facebook: @AbbotLibraryMarblehead

YouTube: tinyurl.com/abbotyoutube 

 

 

ADULT PROGRAMS

CANCELED
Taste of Korea: Live Cooking Class with KSCPP
Virtual Cooking Lesson (Hands On)
Wednesday, June 9th, 6:00 pm

Registration is required as space is limited. Please register here or by calling the Library’s Main Desk at 781-631-1481 at least one week in advance to ensure your ingredients arrive on time 

The Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project (KSCPP) will be returning to Abbot Public Library virtually on Wednesday, June 9th at 6:00 pm via Zoom to host a live cooking class! 

You will learn how to prepare an authentic, delicious Korean dish! KSCPP will teach you how to prepare Japchae (Potato starch noodles with various vegetables) with step-by-step instructions virtually via Zoom meeting.

In addition to the cooking lesson, KSCPP will explain the health benefits of traditional Korean meals and show a short documentary film on Bangjja, traditional Korean bronze ware.

Space is limited for this program, and therefore registration is required. Please register here or by calling the Library’s Main Desk at 781-631-1481 at least one week in advance to have sufficient time for your ingredients to arrive. Upon registration, you will receive an email with the recipe and information on where you can purchase the required ingredients.

The Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project (KSCPP) is a not-for-profit organization that was formed in September 2005 to promote Korean history and culture to the wider world. KSCPP is designed to introduce Korea’s long and rich artistic history, the spirit of its people, and its cultural values. In appreciation for the United States’ support for Korea during the Korean War and in the years that followed, KSCPP has held 2,000 complimentary presentations throughout the country so far.

For details of the organization, please visit www.kscpp.net.

 

Continuing‌ ‌Conversations‌ ‌on‌ ‌Race:‌ ‌The‌ ‌Color‌ ‌of‌ ‌Law‌ ‌
Monday, June 21st, 7:00 pm
Cosponsored by the Abbot Public Library and the Marblehead Racial Justice Team

This virtual event will be hosted on Zoom – see access details below

Abbot Public Library and the Marblehead Racial Justice Team are presenting “Continuing Conversations on Race” on Zoom on Monday, June 21st at 7:00 pm.

Access the Zoom event at 7:00 pm on Monday, June 21st by visiting this link or by dialing +1-929-205-6099 from the New York Time Zone (if you’re in a different time zone, find out what number to call here) and entering the following Meeting ID: 463 613 7679.

Join us as we watch the video “Segregated By Design” that examines the forgotten history of how our federal, state, and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy.

The video is based on The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein, which is available in ebook format, in e-audiobook format on Overdrive or hoopla, or you can reserve a print copy on your library account.

“Rothstein persuasively debunks many contemporary myths about racial discrimination… Only when Americans learn a common―and accurate―history of our nation’s racial divisions, he contends, will we then be able to consider steps to fulfill our legal and moral obligations. For the rest of us, still trying to work past 40 years of misinformation, there might not be a better place to start than Rothstein’s book.”― Rachel M. Cohen, Slate

After viewing “Segregated By Design” we will discuss the impact of the laws and policies on the history of Marblehead, even to today. 

 

FRIENDS OF ABBOT LIBRARY BOOK SALE
Saturday, June 12th, 10:00 am – Noon
Outside the Rear Entrance at Abbot Public Library

PLEASE NOTE: Curbside Pickup will begin at 1:30 pm

The Friends of Abbot Library will be having a book sale on Saturday, June 12th. The Book Sale will be held outside the rear entrance, near the parking lot off Maverick Street, from 10:00 am to Noon. Nonfiction, Adult fiction, Children’s, and much more will be available for purchase! Cash and checks will be accepted. If there are any questions please contact Sue Ball at 781-631-4049.

 

TEEN PROGRAMS

Visit the Teen Instagram at @AbbotLibraryTeens

 

Summer Reading Challenge 2021
Friday, June 21st – August 13th

Challenge yourself this summer by participating in our Summer Reading Challenge! Complete all sixteen prompts and you can have a bookplate with your name placed in a book of your choice to be added to the Teen Room collection.

To receive a challenge sheet, visit the Teen Room or email marteen@noblenet.org

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Teen Librarian at marteen@noblenet.org.

This program is restricted to teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12.

 

Virtual Teen Room
Teen Discord Server

Message with other teen patrons of Abbot Public Library through Discord! Make new friends or catch up with old ones through our dedicated server. Sign up through the links below and receive your email invitation to join the Abbot Library Teens Discord Server the next business day.

Visit this link to join the Discord server: https://forms.gle/58DRuLSqr4Tj5ypGA, or scan the QR code.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Teen Librarian at marteen@noblenet.org.

This program is restricted to teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12.

 

Teen Library Recommendations

Looking for recommendations for YA books and materials? Just fill out the form linked below and Abbot Library’s Teen Librarian will recommend 1-5 items and place them on hold for you!

The Teen Librarian will place items on hold on your account and once you receive your hold notification, you can set up your curbside appointment by going through abbotlibrary.org or by calling 781-631-1481. 

Sign up for YA book recommendations at https://forms.gle/qFpGGyj2j9aG77Eb7 or by scanning the QR code.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Teen Librarian at marteen@noblenet.org.. 

 

DIY Journal Making for Teens
Monday, June 21st, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
In person in the Teen Room

Registration Required – please call 781-631-1481 or email marteen@noblenet.org
Masks and social distancing are required for all in-person programming

Come and create your own journals to use to record your vacations, track your reading, and more! Crafting supplies are provided by the library – you just need to bring your creativity.

Registration is required. To register, please call 781-631-1481 or email marteen@noblenet.org

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Teen Librarian at marteen@noblenet.org.

This program is restricted to teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12.

 

Book Buzz
Wednesday, June 30th, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In person in the Teen Room

Registration Required – please call 781-631-1481 or email marteen@noblenet.org
Masks and social distancing is required for all in-person programming

Join the Teen Librarian for an afternoon of talking about the books we’ve enjoyed recently and receive first pick of the newest additions to the Teen Room! 

Registration is required. To register, please call 781-631-1481 or email marteen@noblenet.org.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Teen Librarian at marteen@noblenet.org.

This program is restricted to teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G.)
Thursdays, June 3rd, 17th, and 24th
, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

On the Teen Discord Server
For Teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12

Help the Teen Librarian create virtual programs and build the teen collection! Chat and collaborate with other teen patrons of Abbot Public Library through Discord! Sign up through the links below and receive your email invitation to join the Abbot Library Teens Discord Server the next business day. And be sure to login to the server at the scheduled time and dates to be a part of the future of the library’s teen department. You do not need to attend every TAG if you are unable to attend.

Register for Teen Advisory Group at https://forms.gle/EB8sBp9gSXXRYeKk6 or by scanning the QR code.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Teen Librarian at marteen@noblenet.org.

This program is restricted to teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12.

 

Insta Book Reviews

Submit a book review for Abbot Library Teens’ Instagram to receive volunteer hours! Each post is worth 30 minutes of volunteer time and should include a picture containing the title and the review as a caption. Hashtags can be included but are not required.

You can submit your reviews by emailing them to marteen@noblenet.org with the subject line as “Insta Book Review.” Please include your name, grade, and school, as well as if and how you need proof of volunteer hours noted.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Teen Librarian at marteen@noblenet.org.

This program is restricted to teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12.

 

SUMMER READING

Marblehead Schools Summer Reading Lists
Wednesday, June 9th – Friday, September 3rd

Visit the Teen Room for access to Veterans Middle School and Marblehead High School’s Summer Reading Lists starting Wednesday, June 9th. Titles that are available for checkout will be displayed for easy accessibility.

 

CHILDREN’S 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.

 


 

ABBOT PUBLIC LIBRARY – JULY 2021 EVENTS
Thursday, July 1st – Saturday, July 31st

Upcoming at the Abbot Public Library
mar@noblenet.org • 781-631-1481
www.abbotlibrary.org
abbotpubliclibrary.wordpress.com
Facebook: @AbbotLibraryMarblehead
YouTube: tinyurl.com/abbotyoutube 

 

UPDATED SERVICE HOURS AS OF JUNE 14TH

In response to the Massachusetts State of Emergency, which ended on Tuesday, June 15th, the Abbot Public Library has updated our service hours and policies. 

As of Monday, June 14th, Abbot Public Library is open to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm and on Saturdays from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. On Wednesdays, we are closed to the public in order to continue to provide our popular Curbside Pickup Service, which will have two appointment slots, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm. Please see our full schedule below:

 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

MONDAY: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
TUESDAY: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
THURSDAY: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
FRIDAY: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
SATURDAY: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

 

CURBSIDE PICKUP SERVICE

The building is CLOSED to the public. Please register online or call 781-631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237 for children’s items and Ext. 201 or 223 for teen or adult items.

WEDNESDAY: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Masks are optional as of Tuesday, June 15th, as this is the end of the Massachusetts State of Emergency. However, we encourage and support the wearing of masks by those who have not been vaccinated or who would prefer to continue to do so. 

Please note that public computers will be unavailable at this time.

Follow us on Facebook or visit our Service Updates page to stay updated on our services.

 

ADULT PROGRAMS

Continuing Conversations on Race: Calling Out vs. Calling In
Monday, July 19th, 7:00 pm
Cosponsored by the Abbot Public Library and the Marblehead Racial Justice Team
This virtual event will be hosted on Zoom – see access details below

Abbot Public Library and the Marblehead Racial Justice Team are presenting “Continuing Conversations on Race” on Zoom on Monday, July 19th at 7:00 pm.

Access the Zoom event at 7:00 pm on Monday, July 19th by visiting this link or by dialing +1-929-205-6099 from the New York Time Zone (if you’re in a different time zone, find out what number to call here) and entering the following Meeting ID: 463 613 7679.

Last month we discussed one of the challenges of anti-racism and anti-oppression work, which is labeling people and behavior as “racist” and “anti-racist,” and the feelings of defensiveness those labels can sometimes cause. We looked at an approach that avoids labeling a person as racist. This month we will explore an additional approach to reducing defensiveness, “Calling Out and Calling In.”

Calling Out is when we need to let someone know that their words or actions are unacceptable and will not be tolerated, and often can be accomplished while retaining a relationship. Calling In is when there is an opportunity to explore deeper, make meaning together, and find a mutual sense of understanding across differences.

These ongoing conversations are a safe and welcoming place in which we explore our own privilege and biases, our questions, and 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. Please join us for an invigorating conversation!

 

TEEN PROGRAMS

Visit the Teen Instagram at @AbbotLibraryTeens

 

Marblehead Schools Summer Reading Lists
Wednesday, June 9th – Friday, September 3rd

Visit the Teen Room for access to Veterans Middle School and Marblehead High School’s summer reading lists! Titles that are available for checkout will be displayed between the pillars in the Teen Room for easy accessibility. 

 

Summer Reading Challenge 2021
Monday, June 21st – Tuesday, August 13th

Challenge yourself this summer by participating in our Summer Reading Challenge! Complete all sixteen prompts and you can have a bookplate with your name placed in a book of your choice to be added to the Teen Room collection.

To receive a challenge sheet, visit the Teen Room or email marteen@noblenet.org

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Teen Librarian at marteen@noblenet.org.

This program is restricted to teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12.

 

Fandom Friday Trivia
Friday, July 9th, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
In the Teen Room
For Teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12
Registration Required – please call 781-631-1481 or email marteen@noblenet.org

Come test your knowledge of all things fandom! Challenge your friends and other teen patrons on their expertise on all things Harry Potter, Marvel, YA books, and more! The winner will receive bragging rights and an exclusive pin.

Registration is required. Sign up in the Teen Room or email the Teen Librarian at marteen@noblenet.org.

This program is restricted to teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12.

 

Aesthetic Workshop
Tuesday, July 20th, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
In the Teen Room
For Teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12
Registration Required – please call 781-631-1481 or email marteen@noblenet.org

Create your own aesthetic and/or mood board from magazine clippings to inspire you throughout the rest of summer and into the new school year! Don’t know what to create? Pull two terms from the prompts basket and build your board around them. Aesthetic prompts can range from the traditional cottage core to random halloween farmer.

Registration is required. Sign up in the Teen Room or email the Teen Librarian at marteen@noblenet.org

This program is restricted to teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12.

 

Book Buzz
Monday, July 26th, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In the Teen Room
For Teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12
Registration Required – please call 781-631-1481 or email marteen@noblenet.org

Join the Teen Librarian for an afternoon of talking about the books we’ve enjoyed recently and receive first pick of the newest additions to the Teen Room! 

Registration is required. To register call 781-631-1481 or email marteen@noblenet.org.

This program is restricted to teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G.)
Thursday, July 15th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
In the Teen Room
For Teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12
Registration Required – please call 781-631-1481 or email marteen@noblenet.org

Help the Teen Librarian create programs and build the teen collection. Chat and collaborate with other teen patrons of Abbot Public Library. The teen room is your space, come help us make it awesome!

Sign up in the Teen Room or email the Teen Librarian at marteen@noblenet.org

This program is restricted to teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12.

 

Insta Book Reviews

Submit a book review for Abbot Library Teens’ Instagram to receive volunteer hours! Each post is worth 30 minutes of volunteer time and should include a picture containing the title and the review as a caption. Hashtags can be included but are not required.

You can submit your reviews by emailing them to marteen@noblenet.org with the subject line as “Insta Book Review.” Please include your name, grade, and school, as well as if and how you need proof of volunteer hours noted.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Teen Librarian at marteen@noblenet.org.

This program is restricted to teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12.

 

CHILDREN’S 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.