Children's Programs

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

 

FEBRUARY 2018 PROGRAMS

Movers & Shakers Story Time
Fridays, February 2nd and 9th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Children from birth – 5 years old are invited to an interactive program of songs, stories, and dancing. The program will be offered the first and second Fridays of the month. 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.

 

Fun Day Mondays Playgroup
Mondays, February 5th, 12th, and 26th, 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, February 5th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday Night Children's Chess Club will have a tournament on Monday, February 5th, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The tournament is open to anyone, but registration for the tournament is required. Come, compete, and perhaps win a trophy!

Monday night classes will resume in April!

 

Stories and Songs with Spencer
Tuesdays, February 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, 10:15 am

This lively program is designed around stories and songs for ages 2-5. 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.

 

Preschool Story Time and a Craft
Wednesdays, February 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, 10:15 am – 11:00 am

Children ages 2-4 are invited to our weekly Wednesday with Angelique for story time with stories, rhymes, and crafts. Caregivers must attend – no registration needed.

 

Itsy Bitsy Babies & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Thursday, February 8th, 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.

 

Drop-in Cafe Craft
Tuesday, February 13th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Drop-in program for children in grades 1-4. Come sit in the cafe outside the Children's Room for a craft project from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. We will have different materials to enjoy on a Tuesday once a month.

 

Music with Dara
Friday, February 16th, 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.

 

Yoga Story Time with Lindsey Kravitz
Friday, February 23rd, 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.

 

NEW CHILDREN'S ROOM SERVICE!

Recommendations to Go

Want some recommendations for children's books but don't have much time to meet and speak with a Librarian? We can give you a short form to fill out with your child's age, reading interests, etc. We will then select three likely books and put them on hold for you the next day. Notification will be by email. When your child finishes one or all of the selections, fill out and give to us an enclosed response card.

The idea is to get a quick selection of books for your child in a short slice of time.

Come to the Children's Room Desk and ask about our new service!

 


 

JANUARY 2018 PROGRAMS

Stories & Songs with Spencer
Tuesdays, January 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th, 10:15 am – 11:00 am

This lively program is designed around stories and songs for ages 2-5. 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.

 

Listeners Book Club
Friday, January 5th, 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Children in grades 1-3 are invited to join our audiobook review club. The meetings will be once a month on a Friday afternoon from 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm. All members of the club join in discussing and "scoring" their favorite book that they listened to that month. The program with Ms. Marcia is designed for kids who prefer to listen to their books. Refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

 

Guided Playgroup
Mondays, January 8th, 22nd, and 29th, 10:15 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
Mondays, January 8th, 22nd, and 29th
Beginning Players: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Advanced Players: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Learn chess from a master! From learning the movement of each piece to tactics and strategy, this program will give beginners and experienced players a new appreciation and love of the game. Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be teaching Monday nights from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm for children in second grade and up. The first session is for beginners and the second session for advanced players. Registration is required.

 

Preschool Story Time and a Craft
Wednesdays, January 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st, 10:15 am – 11:00 am

Children ages 2-4 are invited to our weekly Wednesday with Angelique for story time with stories, rhymes, and crafts. Caregivers must attend-no registration needed.

 

Drop-in Cafe Craft
Wednesday, January 10th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Drop-in program for children in grades 1-4. Come sit in the cafe outside the Children’s Room for a craft project from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. We will have different materials to enjoy on a Wednesday once a month.

 

Itsy Bitsy Babies & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Thursday, January 11th, 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 Lerade, and is designed to provide socialization and songs. This playgroup is limited in size, so registration is required.

 

Story Time with Music & Movement
Friday, January 12th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Children from birth – 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.

 

Music with Dara
Friday, January 19th, 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 Abbot Public Library.

 

Yoga Story Time with Lindsey Kravitz
Friday, January 26th, 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.