News & Events

IMPORTANT SERVICE UPDATES:

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 – April 2021 EVENTS
Thursday, April 1st – Friday, April 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

“Seasonal Wildlife Adaptations”
Presented by Katie Brodeur, Education & Outreach Specialist at the Center for Wildlife in Neddick, ME, with Live Animal “Ambassadors!”
Sunday, April 11th
, 2:00 pm

Co-sponsored by Abbot Public Library and the Marblehead Conservancy
This virtual event will be hosted on Zoom – view access details below!

 

Access the Zoom event at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 11th by visiting https://tinyurl.com/Seasonal-Wildlife 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 at https://zoom.us/u/acjnB2vf8W) and entering the following information: 

Meeting ID: 972 4420 2667
Passcode: 424524

As winter comes to an end and we prepare for the beginning of spring, Abbot Public Library and the Marblehead Conservancy are delighted to host guest speaker Katie Brodeur, Education & Outreach Specialist, along with live animal “ambassadors” from the Center for Wildlife, Cape Neddick, Maine, for a virtual program via Zoom on Sunday, April 11th at 2:00 pm, focusing on animal behavior and the changing seasons! 

Native wildlife have amazing adaptations they use to survive extreme cold, heat, wind, and other elements. With assistance from live, non-releasable raptor, reptile, and mammal ambassadors, we will examine their special tools for surviving the New England seasons such as an owl’s feathered talons or hibernation and migration. Katie will focus on seasonal wildlife and their adaptations as well as tips on spotting and helping local wildlife.

Please note: school age children are welcome to join this virtual event with their adult companions.

After 30 wonderful years since its inception, the Center for Wildlife is the largest wildlife medical facility in northern New England, servicing a 100-mile radius in both Southern Maine & New Hampshire. All of its educators are Project WILD certified. Their programs help raise money to care for over 2,400 injured and orphaned wildlife every year. For more information, visit their website at www.thecenterforwildlife.org

Katie Brodeur studied Biology at the University of Vermont and graduated with her BS in 2014. She studied mostly community and behavioral ecology, but her concentration in Zoology allowed her a lot of flexibility in the courses she could take. Brodeur’s interest in working with animals brought her to internships in veterinary clinics and animal shelters while in college, and while she found the work intensely rewarding, she knew she wanted to work with a wider variety of species. Brodeur has been with the Center for Wildlife for the past six years, growing through positions like their Education & Outreach Fellow and Resident Environmental Educator. In these positions, Brodeur learned CFW’s environmental education philosophy, developed relationships with many of their permanently disabled ambassadors, and provided support with ambassador care and presenting programs. Brodeur’s knowledge and passion is a tremendous asset to their education & outreach program. 

This program is co-sponsored by Abbot Public Library and the Marblehead Conservancy.

 

Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes on Nate Marshall
Sunday, April 18th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This virtual event will be hosted on Zoom – read the access details below!

Access the Zoom event at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 18th 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 at here) and entering the following information:

Meeting ID: 930 1373 0219
Passcode: 871888

On Sunday, April 18th, the Poetry Salon at the Abbot Public Library will continue its exploration of Black poets with a discussion of the poetry of Nate Marshall and his latest book, Finna. In addition to poetry, Marshall is an editor, playwright, performer, educator, speaker, and rapper. In a self-description, he says his “work as a writer tends to consider themes of Blackness, urbanity, and community.” He goes on to say he is “fascinated by how people relate to each other and how power has come to shape those interactions.” 

Marshall was raised in the West Pullman neighborhood of Chicago. An alumnus of Chicago public schools, Marshall holds a BA in English and African American Diaspora Studies from Vanderbilt University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Michigan. He is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, the Poetry Foundation, and the University of Michigan. Marshall teaches creative writing and literature at Colorado College and lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He considers poems as “a rare and important space for us to tinker, play, and discover.” Please join Claire Keyes, Marblehead Poet and Professor Emerita at Salem State University, as we gather via Zoom from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm to tinker, play, and discover the poems of Nate Marshall.

 

Conversations on Race: Building Tolerance and Inclusivity
Monday, April 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

Please Note: Abbot Public Library is CLOSED for all services on Patriots’ Day

Access the Zoom event at 7:00 pm on Monday, April 19th by visiting https://tinyurl.com/April2020-Conversations 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 at https://zoom.us/u/acjnB2vf8W) and entering the following Meeting ID: 885 1020 6103. 

We are excited to host this workshop presented by SkillsUSA Lynn Tech. Talented students from the SkillsUSA program describe tolerance and inclusivity and how to build them in our community. They will also lead activities in breakout rooms about how to apply these important concepts.

 

Talking Trash for Clean Oceans – Marine Debris Projects
Presented by Talking Trash Interns
Wednesday, April 28th, 7:00 pm

Part of the 2021 “Underwater in Salem Sound” Lecture Series Cosponsored by Abbot Library and Salem Sound Coastwatch

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

Access the Zoom event at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 31st by visiting https://tinyurl.com/Talking-Trash-SSCW 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 at https://zoom.us/u/acjnB2vf8W) and entering the following information: 

Meeting ID: 892 6482 5049
Password: 075817

With the goal of reducing single use plastic waste, a team of Salem and Lynn high school students have been hard at work since November, exploring and evaluating how marine debris affects their communities. With funding from an NOAA Marine Debris Prevention Grant, the students are turning their research and findings into actionable community service projects that include:

  • working with local restauranteurs to re-evaluate material use and waste within the food industry
  • building (Lynn) and improving (Salem) organized cigarette collection efforts
  • designing an anti-single use plastic marketing campaign to be displayed on MBTA properties this summer

The students will join us and provide an update on their projects’ progress and discuss the success and challenges they are facing along the way.

Check out their Don’t Rush Marine Debris Solutions video featuring the Talking Trash Teens and the Girls Inc. of Lynn BeachSisters as they tackle the issue of marine debris in style: https://tinyurl.com/Talking-Trash-Interns! 

The “Underwater in Salem Sound” Lecture Series is jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead, MA. All the lectures are free and open to the public.

 

TEEN PROGRAMS

Visit the Teen Instagram at @AbbotLibraryTeens

 

Video Games Available To Check Out
Starting Monday, April 5th

Video games will now be available in the Teen Room! Check out games for Playstation 4, XBox One, and Nintendo Switch. Video games can only be checked out and returned at Abbot Public Library.

 

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 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 Advisory Group (T.A.G.)
Thursdays, April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 4:00 pm – 5:00 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.

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.

 

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 Craft Hour
Friday, April 16th
, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A virtual program via Zoom – register to receive the access information
For Teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12

Spend an hour crafting 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/veVCumJWWS8qqSD8A 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 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, April 5th and 19th, 10:30 am

Please Note: Abbot Public Library is CLOSED for all services on Monday, April 19th for Patriots’ Day

MaryBeth Maes performs “Music, Movement, and More,” as Music and Movement Facilitator with the CFCE of the North Shore. MaryBeth uses children’s favorite’s 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, April 6th
, 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 April 6th 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, April 14th
, 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.

 

Music with Dara
Friday, April 16th
, 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 monthly on the Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel.

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

 

Songs with Spencer
Tuesday, April 20th
, 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 Program
Wednesday, April 21st, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Outside in the Library’s Secret Garden

How do a few tiny seeds become the fruits and vegetables we love to eat? What do birds, butterflies, and bees have to do with our favorite foods? And how can the scraps from our plates help us grow more food? Find out the answers to these questions and more during Food Explorers, the Abbot Public Library’s newest 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. Join us in April as we kick off with a very special seed- and garden-themed story time in the Library’s Secret Garden to celebrate Earth Day!

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. 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. In case of rain, the event will be held the following Wednesday, April 28th. 

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

 

Starting a Seed Library (Library Sprouts)
Beginning Thursday, April 22
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Available for Curbside Pickup – call the Children’s Room at 781-631-1481, Ext. 217 to inquire 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 day. 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.

 


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!