News & Events

CURRENT SERVICES – EXPANDING MONDAY, MAY 17TH!

Abbot Public Library is pleased to announce the expansion of our services to include an additional way for patrons to select and borrow tangible materials. Based on the results of our Library Services Survey, we will be offering limited browsing, by appointment, one day per week, while continuing to provide our very popular Curbside Pickup Service, five days per week.

Our hours for Curbside Pickup and the Browsing By Appointment Services will be as follows, starting the week of April 8th:

 

Curbside Pickup Service 

Monday: 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Tuesday: 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am – Noon & 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Friday: 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm 

 

Browsing By Appointment

Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm & 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Appointments will be ½ hour long with ½ hour between appointments for sanitizing and cleaning. 

 

Registration for browsing appointments will be open on Thursday, April 1st. The first appointment date will be Thursday, April 8th. Appointments will be a half hour long, and browsers will be required to wear masks (patron-provided) and gloves (library-provided). Browsing will be limited to designated areas where new and recent additions to all categories of the Library’s collections will be gathered.

Appointments will be specific to the department you would like to browse – either Children’s/Teen, or Adult. If you would like to browse multiple areas, you will need to make separate appointments for each space.

To browse the adult sections on the Main Level, please register for an Adult appointment by calling the Main Desk at 781-631-1481, Ext. 201 or 223 or emailing mar@noblenet.org

To register for an appointment in the Children’s Room AND/OR the Teen Room on the Lower Level, please call the Children’s Room at 781-631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237, or email the Children’s Department at marchild@noblenet.org or the Teen Department at marteen@noblenet.org

Adhering to social distancing space requirements, we are able to accommodate up to four adults on the main level, and an additional four total patrons – children, teen, or adult – on the lower level in the Children’s Room and/or the Teen Room, per half-hour appointment. 

Please watch for further details of our expanded services by following us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AbbotLibraryMarblehead, or by visiting our website at www.abbotlibrary.org or our blog at abbotpubliclibrary.wordpress.com.

Thank you for your patience and your continued support, as we navigate through these unprecedented times!

 


 

ABBOT PUBLIC LIBRARY – May 2021 EVENTS
Saturday, May 1st – Monday, May 31st
Upcoming at the Abbot Public Library
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Facebook: @AbbotLibraryMarblehead
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Click the images below to view the print version of the May 2021 Calendar, or visit our calendar page

 

ADULT PROGRAMS

Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes on Tyree Daye
Sunday, May 16th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This virtual event will be hosted on Zoom – see access details below!

Access the Zoom event at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 16th 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 information:

Meeting ID: 957 2364 2851
Passcode: 712994

On Sunday, May 16th, the Poetry Salon at Abbot Public Library will continue its discussion of Black poets with a focus on Tyree Daye’s collection Cardinal (Copper Canyon Press, 2020), his second book of poems. A young poet, Daye has already accumulated his share of awards, including the Honickman First Book Prize and the Whiting Writers Award. He is a Cave Canem Fellow. Growing up in North Carolina among aunts, uncles, and cousins made him into a poet. He describes his family as storytellers and folks who enjoy mining a family history. With a “strong and prideful” family, he says “loving my blackness was something that was ingrained in me at a young age.” In Cardinal we find a speaker who is moving between worlds while also exploring other narratives through the Great Migration. Tyree Daye is attracted to music as a craft tool. He wants his poems to have “the tone of a Nina Simone song or a Sam Cooke song. I tap my foot or finger through a poem just like I would through a song. It allows me to hear the music in the language better. Poets don’t have a piano to accompany them so I find tone through word choice and voice.” Please join Claire Keyes from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm on May 16th via Zoom to read and discuss Tyree Daye’s poems from Cardinal

You can reserve a print copy of Cardinal from the library catalog or read the ebook on hoopla with no wait!

 

Conversations on Race: Anti-Oppression Work on a Spectrum
Monday, May 17th, 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, May 17th from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Access the Zoom event at 7:00 pm on Monday, May 17th 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. 

One of the challenges of anti-racism and anti-oppression work is labeling people and behavior as racist and anti-racist, and the feelings of defensiveness those labels can sometimes cause. While clear and direct naming of the truth of racism and racist actions is an important and powerful tool, it can also be helpful to consider our anti-racism work as a skill set, with each of us having different levels of skills and abilities that exist on a spectrum. In this framing, like with most skills, if we spend time and effort, we can increase our skill level in our anti-racism work.

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!

 

Author Event: Jack Beerman in Conversation with Scott Kafker
Thursday, May 27th, 7:00 pm
Cosponsored by the JCCNS, the Abbot Public Library, and the Swampscott Public Library
This virtual event will be hosted on Zoom – register here

In The Journey to Separate but Equal: Madame Decuir’s Quest for Racial Justice in the Reconstruction Era, Jack Beermann tells the story of how, in Hall v. Decuir, the post-Civil War US Supreme Court took its first step toward perpetuating the subjugation of the non-White population of the United States by actively preventing a Southern state from prohibiting segregation on a riverboat in the coasting trade on the Mississippi River. The Journey to Separate but Equal offers the first complete exploration of Hall v. Decuir, with an in-depth look at the case’s record; the lives of the parties, lawyers, and judges; and the case’s social context in 1870’s Louisiana. The book centers around the remarkable story of Madame Josephine Decuir and the lawsuit she pursued because she had been illegally barred from the cabin reserved for White women on the Governor Allen riverboat.

The drama of Madame Decuir’s fight against segregation’s denial of her dignity as a human, and particularly as a woman, enriches our understanding of the Reconstruction era, especially in Louisiana, including political and legal changes that occurred during that time and the plight of people of color who were freed from slavery but denied their dignity and rights as American citizens. Hall v. Decuir spanned the pivotal period of 1872–1878, during which White segregationist Democrats “redeemed” the South from Republican control. The Supreme Court’s ruling in Hall overturned the application of an 1869 Louisiana statute prohibiting racial segregation in Madame Decuir’s case because of the status of the Mississippi River as a mode of interstate commerce. The decision represents a crucial precedent that established the legal groundwork for the entrenchment of Jim Crow in the law of the United States, leading directly to the Court’s adoption of “separate but equal” in Plessy v. Ferguson.

Books are available for purchase on Jack Beermann’s website.

 

DRIFTWOOD GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE
Saturday, May 22nd, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Outside at Abbot Public Library

PLEASE NOTE: Abbot Public Library will be CLOSED for Curbside Pickup and will not be accepting returns due to the plant sale. 

The Driftwood Garden Club’s annual plant sale features perennials, annuals, ground covers, and herbs, many from local gardens. Garden Club members will be on hand to answer questions and help select plants for your garden. The Driftwood Garden Club is an all-volunteer organization that manages and cares for the gardens at the Abbot Public Library. Proceeds from the sale are used to maintain and improve the library gardens.

 

SAVE THE DATE

Taste of Korea: Live Cooking Class with KSCPP
Virtual Cooking Lesson (Hands On)
Sunday, June 9th
, 6:00 pm
Registration required – details TBA

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.

Upon registration, KSCPP will email you the recipe with information on where you can purchase the required ingredients.

Korean Spirit and Culture 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

 

TEEN PROGRAMS

Visit the Teen Instagram at @AbbotLibraryTeens

 

Virtual Teen Room
Teen Discord Server
For Teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12

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 link 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 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.

 

Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G.)
Thursdays, May 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th, 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 link 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.

 

Virtual Art Lab for Teens
Tuesday, May 18th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
A virtual program via Zoom – register to receive the access information
For Teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12

Spend an hour creating with other Marblehead teens over Zoom. Paint, knit, draw, write, build, however you like to create, from the comfort of your home while chatting with other teens and listening to music. Whatever you are creating does not have to be school-related, just create whatever interests you. Sign up using the links below and receive your Zoom meeting invitation through your email.

Sign up for Teen Craft Hour at https://forms.gle/HSFip2Dx97XZU1Az6 or by scanning the QR code.

If you have any questions or would like to submit a song for the playlist, 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

To access the Abbot Public Library’s virtual children’s programs, please visit the Abbot Public Library’s YouTube Channel at tinyurl.com/abbotyoutube.

 

Music, Movement, and More with MaryBeth Maes
Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) of the North Shore Program
Mondays, May 3rd and May 17th, 10:30 am 

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 children 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, May 4th, 10:30 am
Accessible on the Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel

Come join Lindsey Kravitz for a fun online yoga story time with songs, books, poses, and quiet time. The program is 30 minutes and works well for babies, toddlers, and preschool-aged children, along with their caregivers. Watch the video on May 4th on the Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel! You can visit Lindsey’s website at www.littlefrogdowndog.com.

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

 

Story Time A-Go-Go
Wednesday, May 12th
, 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, May 18th
, 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, May 19th, 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. 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 National Learn about Composting Day with a worm- and compost-themed story time. Get ready to get your hands dirty and make some compost stew, learn about wiggly worms and their very important garden jobs, and how to use your fruit and veggie scraps to help your garden grow!

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.

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

 

Music with Dara
Friday, May 21st
, 10:30 am
Accessible on the Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel

Join Dara online for a monthly musical video program you can enjoy from home! 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 kids ages 2-5 years old. Dara VanRemoortel is an early childhood music specialist who has been performing at libraries and teaching at local preschools for over 20 years. The videos will be posted once a month on the Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel. 

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

 

Little Kids Story Time with Ryan
Wednesday, May 26th, 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

Infants and toddlers from 6 months to 4 years old are invited to join Ryan for a story time just for them! The program will include interactive stories, songs, and movement. Afterward, there will be a chance to do a very simple craft, which could also be taken home to work on. 

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 (over the age of two) and caregivers.

 


 

CURBSIDE PICKUP: HOURS AND SERVICE INSTRUCTIONS

Abbot Public Library currently offers a no-contact curbside pickup service, by appointment only. REVISED Curbside Pickup Hours are Mondays through Fridays from 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Wednesday mornings from 10:00 am – Noon, and Saturdays from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm.

Please note that the Curbside Service is constantly being updated to better serve you, so please always read the instructions carefully, both here and on the online registration, to stay current with procedures.

Here’s how the process works:

  1. You will be able to place holds through your online account at evergreen.noblenet.orgIf you are having difficulty placing holds online, please contact the library at (781) 631-1481 during Curbside Service Hours (see above) or email us at mar@noblenet.org. If you need to register for a library card, please fill out this online form and a staff member will be in contact with you.
  2. Items that are available in Marblehead will be pulled within 48 hours of their request. Due to delays in interlibrary delivery service, some items will take longer to become available.
  3. When your holds are ready, you will receive a notification, via text, email, or phone call, according to your preference, from the library. To change your notification settings go to Account Preferences > Notification Preferences on your online account.
  4. Once you have received a notice that your items are available, please schedule an appointment to pick up your items. Appointments can be scheduled on Mondays through Fridays from 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Wednesday mornings from 10:00 am – Noon, and Saturdays from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm. We ask that you wait until the library has notified you that your requested items are available before scheduling a pickup appointment.
    1. Call the library at (781) 631-1481 during service hours to schedule a pickup time.
    2. Register online with our new software, courtesy of the Friends of Abbot Library! If you receive email notifications, simply click on the registration link in your notice to be brought to our events calendar, or you can visit the library’s website and click on the “Curbside Pick-Up” button. On the registration calendar, choose the time slot that works best for you and hit “Register.” Please read the instructions carefully (they are subject to change) and fill out the registration form as completely as possible. Once you have submitted the form, you will receive an email confirming your appointment time. Should you need to cancel your appointment, it’s as easy as clicking on the cancellation link in your confirmation email.
  5. Please come to the library at your appointment time, to receive your items. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols during pickup, as a safety measure to benefit all. Items will be in paper bags labelled with your last name, on a cart by the rear entrance, through the parking lot. Since this is a no-contact service, staff will not be outside. Items will already be checked out to you in advance and have a due date slip, so feel free to grab your bag and go!

Please only return items to a book return, located in front of the library on Pleasant Street, or near the rear entrance by the Maverick Street parking lot.

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We are delighted to be able to offer curbside pickup service, as a way for patrons to borrow tangible items again! Please continue to check our websiteFacebook page, or the Abbot Public Library Blog for updates to curbside pickup or returns procedures and hours. We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented time for library services, and we look forward to serving you!