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ABBOT PUBLIC LIBRARY – MAY 2022 EVENTS
Sunday, May 1 – Tuesday, May 31
Upcoming at the Abbot Public Library
mar@noblenet.org • (781) 631-1481
www.abbotlibrary.org
Facebook: @AbbotLibraryMarblehead
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Download a PDF of the calendar here: May 2022 Events Calendar

View our upcoming programs on our website calendar here.

 

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
Sunday: Closed

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Did you know BookPage is available through the library? Stop by during our open hours to pick up a copy!

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram or visit our website to stay updated on our services.

 

MUSEUM PASSES

Patrons can visit 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. 

 

FRIENDS OF ABBOT PUBLIC LIBRARY 

Sail Away Book Shoppe
Open During Library Hours

The Sail Away Book Shoppe is open when the library is open. Located on the main level of Abbot Public Library, the bookstore sells children’s and adult books in almost-new condition at bargain prices! Sponsored by the Friends of Abbot Public Library. 

Please note: due to lack of space, the Friends of Abbot Public Library are only able to accept donations on Book Collection Days on the following days:

Saturday, April 23, 10:00 – 12:00 pm
Monday, April 25, 10:00 – 12:00 pm
Tuesday, April 26, 10:00 – 12:00 pm

Please contact friendsofabbotlibrary@gmail.com if you have any questions.

 

VIRGINIA A. CARTEN GALLERY

Marblehead High School Art Exhibit
Featuring Senior Artists, Class of 2022
Including Artwork from Art Students, Grades 9-11
On View: Wednesday, May 18 – Friday, June 3
Public Reception: Monday, May 23, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

We are excited to welcome back the Marblehead High School Art Exhibit to the Abbot Public Library. 

This year’s show will not only feature the works of many talented MHS seniors, but will also include artwork from grades 9-11.

 

ADULT PROGRAMS

Open Lab
Mondays, May 2, 9, 16, and 23, Drop-in 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library

Do you have a question about your computer, smartphone, or tech gadget? Do you want time to practice where someone can help if you get stuck? Every Monday, join staff members Morgan and Veronica for one-on-one help with your device. For attendees who are unable to transport their device, there will be Windows laptops available. Drop by the lower level Meeting Room anytime between 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Registration is not required.

 

Marblehead Racial Justice Team Presents:
Marblehead High School’s Team Harmony – Focus on Diversity
Monday, May 16, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library and Online Via Zoom
To attend in person, please register in advance for this meeting here.
To attend via Zoom, please register in advance for this meeting here.

Come learn from and be inspired by students from Team Harmony, a 90+ member club at Marblehead High School whose mission is to promote diversity and combat bias in our schools. 

In this session, Team Harmony members will share presentations they have made to Marblehead’s high school, middle school, and elementary school students. We’ll discuss effective ways students communicate acts of hatred that undermine feelings of acceptance and will not be tolerated. Having age-appropriate conversations supporting inclusion can help us all to be better community members. 

These ongoing Marblehead Racial Justice Team conversations offer a safe and welcoming place in which we explore privilege, biases, and questions. This is a place for listening, conversation, and engagement. We hope we can continue to learn and grow together so that we can make a difference. 

This program will be offered in person and online via Zoom. Space is limited to join in person. To attend in person, please register in advance for his meeting here. 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.

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

 

Adult Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, May 17, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Online via Zoom
Register here 

On the third Tuesday of every month from 10:00 am – 11:00 am online via Zoom, book club members can come and discuss the latest and most highly recommended titles, led by a library staff member. Due to a limited number of books, registration is required for each month a member plans to attend. Please register here. Once sign-up confirmation is received, patrons may visit the Reference Desk to get their copy of the upcoming month’s book. May’s pick is Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez.

 

Setting the Baseline for Water Quality and Benthic Organisms in Salem Sound
Presented by Prassede Vella, Staff Scientist with Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program and Ocean Management Analyst at Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management
Wednesday, May 18, 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm
Part of the 2022 “Underwater in Salem Sound” Lecture Series
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library and Online Via Zoom
To attend in person, please register in advance for this meeting here
To attend via Zoom, please register in advance for this meeting here

Salem Sound is in a complex and densely urbanized watershed. Riverine input, stormwater runoff, and wastewater discharge pose a substantial threat to its aquatic environment. In order to better understand the conditions of ecosystems in Salem Sound and the threats to important, vulnerable resources, data on water quality and seafloor condition were gathered in 2019 and 2020 to contribute to an assessment of the Sound and the construction/validation of a water quality model to establish how nutrient loads affect the water quality and habitat of Salem Sound. Preliminary findings will be presented at this talk. Funding was provided by EPA (2019) and by NOAA Multipurpose Grant (2020).

This program will be offered in person and online via Zoom. Space is limited to join in person – please register in advance here. 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.

Prassede Vella is a Marine Biologist and Environmental Scientist with over 15 years’ experience in coastal zone management and conservation. In 2008, Prassede joined the MA Office of Coastal Zone Management as part of the core team developing the first ocean management plan for Massachusetts. In September 2010, she joined the MassBays National Estuary Partnership as Staff Scientist. Venturing into estuarine issues provided her with the opportunity to focus on water quality and improving habitat protection and restoration. She holds a BS in Biology and Chemistry, and an MS in Marine Biology from the University of Malta, as well as an MS in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Underwater in Salem Sound is jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library. For more information, please visit www.salemsound.org.

2022 is the 10th year of the annual “Underwater in Salem Sound” Lecture Series. This is the final lecture of the series.

 

Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes Featuring the Work of Agha Shahid Ali (1949-2001)
Saturday, May 21, 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 at the library’s Main Desk or here: Poetry Packet – May 21 2022 Salon – Agha Shahid Ali poems.

On Saturday, May 21, the Poetry Salon will conclude this year’s study of Asian-American poets with the Kashmiri-American poet, Agha Shahid Ali. He was noted as a poet uniquely able to blend multiple ethnic influences and ideas in both traditional forms and elegant free-verse. His poetry reflects his Hindu, Muslim, and Western heritages. Ali was born in New Delhi, India in 1949. He grew up in Kashmir, the son of a distinguished and highly educated family in Srinagar. He earned an MA from the University of Delhi, an MA and PhD from Pennsylvania State University, and an MFA from the University of Arizona. He won numerous awards, including a Guggenheim, and had an active academic career, including a Professorship at UMass/Amherst where he served as the director of the creative writing program. 

Agha Shahid Ali died of brain cancer on December 8, 2001 in Amherst. Poet Donald Hall edited and provided the forward for The Veiled Suite, posthumously published in 2009. Along with some new work, this book collects his six previously published volumes of poetry. In a review of The Veiled Suite, Mark Doty concluded that “Ali so thoroughly inhabits his exile, in this haunting life’s work, that he makes of it—both for his own spirit and for his readers—a dwelling place.”

Please join Marblehead poet and Professor Emerita at Salem State University Claire Keyes for an exploration of selected poems by Agha Shahid Ali on Saturday, May 21 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Abbot Public Library or 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. 

 

Rebels At Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution
Author Talk with Eric Dolin
Wednesday, May 25, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library and Online Via Zoom
To attend in person, please register in advance for this meeting here
To attend via Zoom, please register in advance for this meeting here 

Join Abbot Public Library as we celebrate the premiere of best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin’s newest book, Rebels At Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution. Meet the author at a reception sponsored by the Friends of Abbot Public Library starting at 6:30 pm, followed by a presentation at 7:00 pm, which can also be attended online via Zoom, and a book signing. Refreshments will be served.

In Rebels at Sea, the bestselling author of Black Flags, Blue Waters reclaims the daring freelance sailors who proved essential to the winning of the Revolutionary War. Reserve a copy here.

The heroic story of the founding of the U.S. Navy during the Revolution has been told before, yet missing from most maritime histories of America’s first war is the ragtag fleet of private vessels, from 20-foot whaleboats to 40-cannon men-of-war, that truly revealed the new nation’s character―above all, its ambition and entrepreneurial ethos. In Rebels at Sea, best-selling historian Eric Jay Dolin corrects that significant omission, and contends that privateers, though often seen as profiteers at best and pirates at worst, were in fact critical to the Revolution’s outcome. Armed with cannons, swivel guns, muskets, and pikes―as well as government documents granting them the right to seize enemy ships―thousands of privateers tormented the British on the broad Atlantic and in bays and harbors on both sides of the ocean. Abounding with tales of daring maneuvers and deadly encounters, Rebels at Sea presents the American Revolution as we have rarely seen it before.

Eric Jay Dolin is the author of fifteen books, including Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, which was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe, and also won the 2007 John Lyman Award for U.S. Maritime History. His most recent book before Rebels at Sea is A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America’s Hurricanes, which was chosen as one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, Booklist, Library Journal, and the editors at Amazon. It was also selected as a “Must Read” book by the Massachusetts Center for the Book for 2021. Prior to A Furious Sky, he published Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates, which was chosen as a “Must Read” book for 2019 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, and was a finalist for the 2019 Julia Ward Howe Award given by the Boston Author’s Club. A graduate of Brown, Yale, and MIT, where he received his PhD in Environmental Policy, Dolin lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with his family. For more information, please see www.ericjaydolin.com.

 

TEEN PROGRAMS

Marblehead High School Art Exhibit
Featuring Senior Artists, Class of 2022
Including Artwork from Art Students, Grades 9-11
On View: Monday, May 16 – Friday, June 3
Public Reception: Monday, May 23, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

We are excited to welcome back the Marblehead High School Art Exhibit to the Abbot Public Library. 

This year’s show will not only feature the works of many talented MHS seniors, but will also include artwork from grades 9-11.

 

Teen Volunteer Hour
Monday, May 9, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tuesdays, May 3 and 17, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wednesday, May 11, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Thursday, May 5, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Teen Room, Abbot Public Library
For teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12
Registration required – please register here for each day you are interested in volunteering

Help complete projects around the library for volunteer hours! Be involved in your community by performing tasks like creating craft samples, weeding a collection, planning for future events, and more. If you have any questions, please contact the Teen Librarian at marteen@noblenet.org or (781) 631-1481, Ext. 218. 

Registration through Assabet is required for each day you are interested in volunteering. This program is restricted to teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12.

 

CANCELED
ArtLab for Teens
Thursday, May 26, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Lower Level Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
For teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12
Register here

Come join us for a relaxing hour of painting in the library! Receive a canvas, choose your paint, and create a work of art from your own imagination. All materials will be provided by the library – just be sure to dress in clothing that is okay to get paint on. If you have any questions, please contact the Teen Librarian at marteen@noblenet.org or (781) 631-1481, Ext. 218.

Registration through Assabet is required. This program is restricted to teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12.

 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Seed Program
During Open Hours
Children’s Room Desk, Abbot Public Library

This spring we will continue to offer our Free Seed program to readers who come to check out books in the Children’s Room. Come get some seeds, some fertilizer, dirt, and a little pot to start some plants indoors.

 

Moving and Grooving Playgroup
Mondays, May 2, 9, 16, and 23, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
For ages 0-5 years old
Registration Recommended – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

Moving and Grooving Playgroup, a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) program of the North Shore, will be held on Mondays at 10:30 am in the library 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 Miss Brandy work with music and different movements to get the children and their grown-ups engaged, focusing on social interactions and gross motor development. 

Registration is recommended – please call the Children’s Room staff at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 to register.

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.

 

CANCELED:
Story Time Yoga with Lindsey Kravitz
Tuesday, May 3, 10:30 am
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
For kids ages 18 months – 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 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 will be held in-person in the Meeting Room.

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

 

Story Time A-Go-Go
Wednesdays, May 4, 11, 18, and 25, 10:30 am
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
For ages 0-4 years old
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 with stories and movement led by early childhood educator Debbie Leibowitz. The program is recommended for babies to age four, but all are welcome! It is designed to help children make fun, active connections between stories and movement. The story time will be held in the library Meeting Room.

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

 

Make-It, Take-It Craft
Thursdays, May 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Children’s Room, Abbot Public Library

Children can come to the Children’s Room anytime between 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and make a craft to take home.

 

Music with Dara
Friday, May 20, 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 performing at libraries, parties, school programs and special events. 

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.

 


 

ABBOT PUBLIC LIBRARY – JUNE 2022 EVENTS
Wednesday, June 1 – Thursday, June 30
Upcoming at the Abbot Public Library
mar@noblenet.org • (781) 631-1481
www.abbotlibrary.org
Facebook: @AbbotLibraryMarblehead
Instagram: @AbbotLibraryMarblehead
YouTube: tinyurl.com/abbotyoutube

 

Download a PDF of the calendar here: June 2022 Events Calendar

View our upcoming programs on our website calendar here.

 

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
Sunday: Closed

Abbot Public Library is now fine free! Visit this page to find out more about borrowing materials and getting a library card.

We are pleased to offer Book Club Kits, Chromebooks, and Hotspots in the new Library of Things. Visit our Library of Things page to learn more.

Need to use our new copier? We don’t charge a fee per page, but we do ask that you contribute what you wish at the time of copying. Funds will be donated to The Friends of Abbot Public Library.

Sign up for the library’s newsletter here.

Did you know BookPage is available through the library? Stop by during our open hours to pick up a copy!

Follow us on Social Media, Facebook and Instagram, or visit our website to stay updated on our services.

 

MUSEUM PASSES

Patrons can visit this page 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.

 

FRIENDS OF ABBOT PUBLIC LIBRARY 

Sail Away Book Shoppe 
Open During Library Hours

The Sail Away Book Shoppe is open when the library is open. Located on the main level of Abbot Public Library, the bookstore sells children’s and adult books in almost-new condition at bargain prices! Sponsored by the Friends of Abbot Public Library.

Please note: due to lack of space, the Friends of Abbot Public Library are unable to accept donations. Please contact friendsofabbotlibrary@gmail.com if you have any questions.

 

 

VIRGINIA A. CARTEN GALLERY

Marblehead High School Art Exhibit
Featuring Senior Artists, Class of 2022
Including Artwork from Art Students, Grades 9-11
On View: Wednesday, May 18 – Friday, June 3
Public Reception: Monday, May 23, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

We are excited to welcome back the Marblehead High School Art Exhibit to the Abbot Public Library.

This year’s show will not only feature the works of many talented MHS seniors, but will also include artwork from grades 9-11.

 

ADULT PROGRAMS

Open Lab
Mondays, June 6, 13, and 27, Drop-in 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library

Do you have a question about your computer, smartphone, or tech gadget? Do you want time to practice where someone can help if you get stuck? Every Monday, join staff members Morgan and Veronica for one-on-one help with your device. For attendees who are unable to transport their device, there will be Windows laptops available. Drop by the lower level Meeting Room anytime between 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Registration is not required.

 

Lecture Series Presented By Bob Michelson
Mondays, June 6, 13, and 27, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library

Published underwater photographer/videographer Bob Michelson will share his expertise of many of New England’s marine life (sharks, sea turtles, whales, and much more) while incorporating his own photography of these amazing sea creatures. This series is suitable for all ages!

 

Sharks To Parks
Monday, June 6, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
To attend in person, please register in advance for this meeting here
To attend via Zoom, please register in advance for this meeting here

This lecture begins with a presentation on predator/prey relationships using our mounted 7½ foot long gold hammerhead shark named Bruce (yes, a real shark we caught fishing off of Florida 40 years ago). We then segue into a photography-based presentation showing all of the animals, both on land and underwater that live in and around the parks of Peabody. These include white-tailed deer, coyote, red fox, groundhog, chipmunk, cottontail rabbit, gray squirrel, and more. Underwater photos show largemouth and smallmouth bass, pumpkinseed, bluegill, chain pickerel, yellow perch, and others.

 

Sea Turtle Rescue
Monday, June 13, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
To attend in person, please register in advance for this meeting here

To attend via Zoom, please register in advance for this meeting here

From early November through the end of December, young sea turtles are stranded along north facing beaches of Cape Cod. These “cold stunned” turtles are near death and suffer from pneumonia, injuries to their bodies, or both. This program follows photographer Bob Michelson, who was contracted by NOAA National Marine Fisheries service to document the entire process, from rescuing sea turtles along Cape Cod beaches through their medical care and rehabilitation at the New England Aquarium (NEAq) sea turtle facility in Quincy, to their release back into the environment. Exclusive underwater photos of turtles in the NEAq Giant Ocean Tank are included in this presentation.

 

Marine Life of New England
Monday, June 27, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
To attend in person, please register in advance for this meeting here
To attend via Zoom, please register in advance for this meeting here

An in-depth photography-based presentation looking at the wide diversity and beautifully colored marine creatures that inhabit New England’s waters, this program includes a comparison of underwater habitats and their relationship with the marine species found in each habitat type. Learn about the delicate ocean food chain following microscopic Phytoplankton up to the 50-foot-long federally Endangered Northern Right and acrobatic Humpback Whales.

 

Birdscaping: Home Sweet Habitat
Wednesday, June 15, 12:30 pm
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
Register here

The Arrangers of Marblehead are inviting the public to join them for a birdscaping lecture given by Joan Butler of Enchanted Gardens Designs located in Holliston, MA. The meeting will start at 12:30 pm in the Abbot Public Library’s lower level Meeting Room. In this beautifully illustrated program, explore the importance of creating welcoming habitats for birds through thoughtful landscape choices, including native plants vital for food and nesting sites. Learn about the benefits and joys of creating beautifully layered gardens designed for avian – and human! – habitat. Butler is a Master Gardener, a retired horticulturalist as well as an accredited Flower Show Judge.

 

Adult Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, June 21, 10:00 am – 11:00 am 
Online via Zoom
Register here

On the third Tuesday of every month from 10:00 am – 11:00 am online via Zoom, book club members can come and discuss the latest and most highly recommended titles, led by a library staff member. Due to a limited number of books, registration is required for each month a member plans to attend. Please register here. Once sign-up confirmation is received, patrons may visit the Reference Desk to get their copy of the upcoming month’s book. June’s pick is The Paris Bookseller by Kerri Maher.

 

Marblehead Racial Justice Team Presents:
Why the Juneteenth Federal Holiday Matters to Us All 
Wednesday, June 22, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library and Online Via Zoom
To attend in person, please register in advance for this meeting here.
To attend via Zoom, please register in advance for this meeting here.

On June 19, 1865, the enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally learned they were free when word of the Union’s Civil War victory made it to Galveston, two years after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Now an annual Federal holiday on June 19, observed June 20, 2022, this recognition is a momentous landmark in the ongoing campaign for social equity.

In this session, we’ll discuss how local organizations and recent town celebrations create greater awareness and opportunity to share the wealth of African American culture, language, music, and cuisine to dismantle racism.

These ongoing Marblehead Racial Justice Team conversations offer a safe and welcoming place in which we explore privilege, biases, and questions. This is a place for listening, conversation, and engagement. We hope we can continue to learn and grow together so that we can make a difference.

This program will be offered in person and online via Zoom. To attend in person, please register in advance for this meeting here. 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.

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

 

TEEN PROGRAMS

Teen Summer Reading 2022: Ocean of Possibilities
Saturday, June 11 – Wednesday August 31
For teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12

Track your reading this summer and participate in Abbot Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge! When you sign up at the library, you’ll receive all you need to get started with our thematic reading trackers and bookmarks. For each 25 minutes, cross off an icon; for each 100 minutes, earn a stamp on your reading tracker; and for each 500 minutes, place your name in the Teen Summer Reading Raffle! Anything you read from magazines, books, graphic novels, audiobooks, etc. counts toward tracking the minutes you read. At the end of the summer, all minutes read will be added together to show how much we’ve all read in total this summer.

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.

 

A-Z Bonus Reading Challenge

As a bonus reading challenge, read a book for each letter of the alphabet! “A”, “An”, and “The” will go by the next word in the title.

Example:
A – Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
B – The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder
C – Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

 

School Summer Reading Lists

Visit the Teen Room for access to Veterans Middle School and Marblehead High School’s summer reading lists starting in June. Titles that are available for checkout will be displayed for easy accessibility – just look for the blue cart in the Teen Room.

 

Please Note: Summer Reading titles will not be available after August.

 

 

CHILDREN’S SUMMER READING 2022: OCEAN OF POSSIBILITIES
Saturday, June 11 to Friday, August 19

Children are invited to come to the Children’s Room and sign up for our Summer Reading Program. Receive a reading log to record time spent reading or listening over the summer, and a packet of fun items.

Every time kids come to the library, they can show the reading logs, get them stamped, and receive a raffle ticket. Raffle prizes sponsored by the Friends of the Library will be given away in August.

All participants in the summer program can come to our Ice Cream Giveaway on Friday, August 19.

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

 

Children’s Summer Reading Kickoff Day 
Saturday, June 11, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

11:00 am in the Meeting Room: Author (Alec Carvlin) Author Reading, Presentation, and Craft on his book, How to Bake a Universe

Calling all cosmic chefs! Alec Carvlin will be reading his debut picture book, How to Bake a Universe, at the Abbot Public Library. Kids in grades K-3 will love decorating their own cosmic sunglasses, hearing the book read aloud by the author, and asking questions about the fun and funky science at the end.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm in Children’s Room: Craft Table

There will be simple crafts for all ages featuring a shark, octopus, and sailing boat paper craft. Caregivers should remain in the room for children under seven.

2:00 pm in the Children’s Room: Scavenger Game

Find certain books on our shelves related to ocean stories and ocean facts, plus decorative items in the room. Check off the scavenger hunt form and receive a family voucher for free admission to the U.S.S. Constitution in Boston!

Register for the Children’s Summer Reading program, find out the rules and take home information and a free packet of items to color.

 

Marblehead School Reading Assignments 

Marblehead school lists of recommended and required summer reading are available for grades 5-6 in the Children’s Room.

Please Note: Summer Reading titles will not be available after August.

 

MORE CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS 

Story Time A-Go-Go
Wednesdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 10:30 am
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
For ages 0-4 years old
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 with stories and movement led by early childhood educator Debbie Leibowitz. The program is recommended for babies to age four, but all are welcome! It is designed to help children make fun, active connections between stories and movement. The story time will be held in the library Meeting Room. Registration is required – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237.

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

 

Make-It, Take-It Craft
Thursdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Children’s Room, Abbot Public Library

Children of all ages can come to the Children’s Room anytime between 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and make a craft to take home. Our crafts this summer will be sea and beach designs to reflect our Oceans of Possibilities summer theme.

 

Dr. Louden Early Literacy Event
Monday, June 6, 10:30 am – Noon
In collaboration with the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program of the North Shore
Registration Required – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

10:30 am: Moving and Grooving Playgroup with Brandi

Brandi Howard is a playgroup facilitator for the CFCE of the North Shore. Her groups include activities focusing on children’s fine and gross motor skills, literacy, balance, and coordination. Miss Brandi also ensures that all activities proposed in her groups encourage and support parent and child engagement.

11:00 am: Early Literacy Resources

Early literacy with CFCE community resources available with Director/Parent Child Plus, and of the CFCE Donna Connelly will be available to answer individual parent questions.

11:15 am: Marybeth Maes strolling and singing her favorites

MaryBeth Maes has been working as a music and movement coordinator with the CFCE of the North Shore for 7 years. She has been singing, teaching, and performing locally, as well as traveling in the US and overseas, for over 30 years. She just released her first all-original children’s CD/album, “MaryBeth Maes – Music, Movement and More.” She also performs at local assisted living spots and senior centers, using geriatric music therapy.

11:15 am: Simple crafts available to make and take for young children

11:30 am: Guest Story Time Reader Fran Sheridan

12:00 pm: Parting gift of free books! These will include choices of a board book, reader, or a paperback picture book for each child participant at noon when the program ends.

Register for the event and earn that free book as long as supplies last. Please call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237.

This event is sponsored by the Dr. Louden Memorial Fund, the Abbot Public Library, and 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.

 

Moving and Grooving Playgroup
Part of the Dr. Louden Early Literacy Event
Monday, June 6, 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library
For ages 0-5 years old
Registration Recommended – call the Children’s Room at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237

Moving and Grooving Playgroup, a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) Program of the North Shore, will be held at 10:30 am in the library 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 Miss Brandi work with music and different movements to get the children and their grown- ups engaged, focusing on social interactions and gross motor development.

The program this month will only be held on June 6 in conjunction with the Dr. Louden Early Literacy Event. Registration is recommended – please call the Children’s Room staff at (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 to register.

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 7, 10:30 am
Meeting Room, Abbot Public Library 
For kids ages 18 months – 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 together.

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.

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

 

Music with Dara
Fridays, June 10 and 17, 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.

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.