Children’s Programs

Read about all our many free programs for children held weekly or monthly. We offer programs from infancy through sixth grade!



Click here to download this month’s full color print calendar: June 2018 Calendar


Movers & Shakers Story Time
Fridays, June 1st and 8th, 10:30 am

Children from birth to 5 years old are invited to an interactive program of songs, stories, and dancing. No registration needed, but caregivers must attend.

The interactive 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.


Montessori Parent/Child Group
Saturdays, June 2nd and 30th, 10:00 am

Tereza Swanda, an experienced home Montessori facilitator, will lead a monthly parent/child education group in Montessori learning works. The meetings will each cover a different topic; Grace/Courtesy, Practical Life, Sensorial, Math and Language. The age range for this program is children 3 to 6 (younger children are welcome but caregivers have to watch for small objects in the Montessori works) with their caregivers.

Tereza will bring in one work at a time, demonstrate it to the children and then spend the time doing parent education and teaching how Montessori can be taught at home or in small groups.


Fun Day Mondays Playgroup
Monday, June 4th, 10:00 am

This playgroup is available for children from birth to 5 years. It is designed for caregivers to interact and build skills through play and for families to connect with one another and with valuable resources. Playgroups are staffed by early childhood specialists who can offer information and support to parents and caregivers. The guided playgroup will offer interactive play and circle time, music, movement, and storytelling. No registration needed.

The interactive 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.


Monday Night Children’s Chess Club Tournament
Monday, June 4th, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be conducting a chess tournament on Monday night, June 4th, from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm for children in second grade and up. Registration is required.


Stories and Songs with Spencer
Tuesdays, June 5th and 12th, 10:15 am

This lively program is designed around stories and songs for ages 2 to 5. Spencer Garfield, involved in family outreach at Temple Emmanu-El, performs this fun, upbeat, and interactive program weekly. Children and their caregivers are invited to come and sing, dance, laugh, and listen to stories. These will be the last two appearances for Spencer before the summer break. He will return in the fall!


Make-It, Take-It Craft Day
Wednesdays, June 13th and 27th, Drop-in between 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Children ages 1 to 4 are invited with caregivers to visit and make a craft to take home. They can also play with our musical instruments, puzzles, and toys while background music plays and adults chat.


Itsy Bitsy Babies & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Thursday, June 14th, 1:00 pm

This is a story/ playgroup program for children from 3 months to 24 months. The meetings will be held on the second Thursday of each month. The program will be led by Chrissy Ierardi, and designed to provide socialization and songs. This playgroup is limited in size, so registration is required.


Yoga Story Time with Lindsey Kravitz
Friday, June 15th, 10:30 am

Come join Lindsey Kravitz for a fun 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 accompanied by their caregivers. Mini mats are provided for the children. This program is supported by the Friends of the Abbot Public Library.


Music of the Sea with Sagit Zilberman
Wednesday, June 20th, 10:30 am

Dance, sing, and experience traditional music that features the elements of the seashore with Sagit Zilberman. The Didgeridoo and Rainstick create the vibration of the water and water animals (whales, birds, and dolphins), the Space-drum creates magical harmony that reminds us of the moving waves and wind. Children will learn an African song with accompanying dance movements, the Israeli dance of the water, and play music influenced by Carribean style-music (the Hand Pan is a ‘cousin’ of the Caribbean Steel Drum). This program is for children ages 3-6.

Sagit is an internationally acclaimed musician and has been a meditation/yoga instructor since 2004. Originally from Israel, she has been residing in the U.S. for the past 10 years. She has performed in over 50 church and community centers in Poland, Germany, and Ukraine, echoing the musical sounds and lyrics of her native Israeli-Jewish traditions.

Children are invited to register for the Library Summer Reading Program on the day of this event.


Music with Dara
Tuesday, June 26th, 10:30 am

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. Lots of clapping, marching, singing, creative expression and FUN! The program is ideal for ages 2 to 5 years. Dara VanRemoortel is an early childhood music specialist who has been performing at libraries and teaching at local preschools for over 20 years. This program is supported by the Friends of the Abbot Public Library.



Sneak Peek!

Abbot Public Library Children’s Summer Reading Program
June 20th – August 10th, 2018

Children who are in K-6th grade and even pre-readers are welcome to join our summer-long program. Children who sign up read or listen to books and record them on a reading record. When they have 10 books finished, they can get a voucher, coupon, or pass from a regional venue. There is no maximum for books. This is a great way to maintain reading skills while school is out.

July & August events planned include:

Bedtime Story time, Montessori in the Mornings, Yoga Story Time, Ed the Wizard and his Alchemy Laboratory, Drop-in Crafts, and a special end of summer reading party with Spencer Garfield.


We also will be stocking our shelves with books on the required and recommended summer reading lists from Marblehead schools. Children are invited to complete their school reading assignment ahead of the fall.