Children’s Programs

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


August 2018 PROGRAMS

Drop-In Make-It, Take-It Craft Day
Wednesdays, August 1st, 8th, and 29th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Children ages 1-4 are invited with caregivers to visit and make a craft to take home. This summer all of our drop-in crafts will feature an easy nautical or marine theme. Kids can also play with our musical instruments, puzzles, and toys while background music plays and adults chat.


Fun Day Mondays Playgroup
Mondays, August 6th and 13th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

This playgroup is available for children from birth to 5 years old. 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.


Plastic Trash to Craft Workshop
Tuesday, August 7th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Registration is required. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 781-631-1481 Ex 217.

Local students Masha Likhterman and Asia Waitekus are inviting children ages 7 -12 to come to a series of workshops recycling discarded plastic to make art pieces. The goal of the workshop series is to raise general awareness about the bulk of plastic pollution in our community as well as around the world.

Children will be creating together during the five-workshop series, five individual boards all decorated completely from plastic contributed by people in the community. Families are invited to donate some clean, discarded plastic to help construct the pieces. The finished boards will be displayed during August in the Children’s Room. Come join us and show the impact and importance of recycling! Registration is required.


Montessori in the Afternoon
Tuesdays, August 7th and 14th, 3:00 pm

Tereza Swanda, an experienced home Montessori facilitator, will lead our 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 3-6 (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.


Summer Reading Party with Songs with Spencer
Friday, August 10th, 10:15 am – 11:30 am

Children and their caregivers are invited to a party program with musician Spencer Garfield to celebrate the end of our library Summer Reading Program. His lively interactive program is designed around stories and songs for ages 3-6. Refreshments will be available.

*This is also the last day for children (all ages) who participated in our Summer Reading Program to hand in their completed log sheets and collect their prizes.*


Whales, Octopi, and Sharks, Oh, My!
with Musician Jackson Gilman
Wednesday, August 15th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Jackson Gillman is so adept at changing into a wide variety of colorful characters, that he is called the “Stand-Up Chameleon.” He might be a salty lobsterman one moment, and then one of the various creatures he comes across while fishing. Join Jackson for a rollicking mix of interactive songs, movement and stories that is guaranteed to delight and enchant all ages. For this educational show, he will draw on his fishy repertoire from the sandy beach and the briny deep. Open to ages 6 and up.


Itsy Bitsy Babies & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Friday, August 17th, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Registration is required. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 781-631-1481 Ex 217.

This is a story/ playgroup program for children from 3 months to 24 months. 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.


Bedtime Music with Dara
Monday, August 20th, 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

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.


Yoga Story Time with Lindsey Kravitz
Wednesday, August 22nd, 10:30 am – 11:00 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.


Drop-in Music and Toy Playtime
Friday, August 24th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Children ages 1-4 and their caregivers are welcome to drop in and play with our musical instruments, color pictures, play with our toys, and listen to music while caregivers can chat.



Abbot Public Library Children’s Summer Reading Program
Wednesday, June 20th – Friday, 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.

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