Children’s Programs

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



Children’s Summer Reading Program
Tuesday, June 27th – Tuesday, August 15th

This year we are collaborating with the Marblehead Animal Shelter to collect items needed for the animals as children read books over the summer. Several children’s events and crafts will have animal themes and highlight building a better world for animals in need.


The Children’s Summer Reading Program is open to all children, readers and pre-readers, ages 3-12.


When kids register, they receive their first reading log. On their reading logs, kids list on each line the name of the book they read or had read to them. Each log has room for 10 books, and there are 5 logs available for children for the summer. A donation of an item on the shelter wish list will also count as a book on their reading log. Collection bins for donated wish list items for the shelter will be in the Children’s Room.


When each log is completed, they get a sticker on the log and then receive a free gift certificate or event/institution voucher. We will have prize packages from the various organizations to give away for children reading or listening to at least 10 books and recording them on their reading logs. We keep the logs until the last day.


Reading Log Prizes include: The U.S.S. Constitution Museum, Skyzone Indoor Trampoline Park, Tree Top Adventures, and The Topsfield Fair.


In addition to the discount vouchers, we also have corn- and seed-growing kits, MA state coloring books, temporary tattoos, etc. to give away as incentives.


August Events:

Sheep To Sweater Tuesdays, Final Session
Tuesday, August 1st, 3:30 pm
in the Lower Level Meeting Room
Registration Requested – Sign Up is in the Children’s Room

This is the final session of the Sheep To Sweater Tuesdays, a three-part series that explored the history, math, science, and craft that takes plants, animals, and even plastic from fluff to fashion. Using the yarn we made in Week 1 and Week 2, we’ll create our own woven art pieces or finger knitting.

This is a collaborative program with teens for ages 10+.


Stories & Songs with Spencer
Tuesdays, August 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 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. Come listen to Spencer read stories and play upbeat music for little ones on his guitar.


Bedtime Stories and Songs with Dara
Monday, August 7th, 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Children ages 2-5 are welcome to wear pajamas while attending this evening story and song program. Dara incorporates old favorites and new songs, finger plays, rhythmic activities, creative movement, and instrument playing. Dara Van Remoortel is an early childhood music specialist who has been performing at libraries and teaching at local preschools for over 20 years.


Makey Makey and Scratch Workshop
Tuesday, August 8th, 3:30 pm
in the Lower Level Meeting Room
Registration Requested – Sign Up is in the Children’s Room

We’re going to invent!
We’re going to game!
We’re going to program and code!
We’re going to build stuff!
We’re going to play (safely) with electrical circuits!
We’re going to do ALL OF THAT IN ONE WORKSHOP!

Using Scratch, we’ll code our own game or animation. Then, we’ll use Makey Makeys to build personalized controllers out of recycled materials. No prior coding experience is necessary.

This is a collaborative program with teens for ages 10+.


Itsy Bitsy Babies & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Friday, August 11th, 10:00 am

This is a story/ playgroup program for children from 3 months to 24 months. The meetings will be held on the second Friday of each month. This month’s meeting will be Friday, August 11, at 10:00 am. Designed to provide socialization and songs, the half-hour playgroup is limited in size, so registration is required.

The program is sponsored by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant in collaboration with Francine Sudak, teacher with the Lynn Public Schools, and the Abbot Public Library.


Ice Cream Giveaway
Monday, August 15th, Drop-in between 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Children who participated in the Summer Reading Program are invited to the library between 10:00 am – 4:00 pm to receive a free ice cream cup/mini sandwich and collect their completed summer reading logs. Last raffle chance for end of program prizes. Raffle winners announced by Friday!


Yoga Story Time with Lindsey Kravitz
Friday, August 18th, 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 geared to kids 0-3 with caregivers. Mini mats are provided.


Drop-In Crafts and Activities
Caregivers must attend.


Drop-in Craft Days
Wednesdays, August 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, 10:15 am – Noon
and Friday, August 25th, 10:15 am – Noon

Children 2-5 are welcome to make a paper craft to take home. The craft themes are as follows:

Wed, August 2nd: “Bird”
Wed, August 9th: “Boat”
Wed, August 16th: “Crab Cake”
Wed, August 23rd: “Shark Face”
Fri, August 25th: “Ear of Corn”
Wed, August 30th: “Ice Cream Cones”


Music & Toy Exploration Playtime
Friday, August 4th, Drop-in between 10:15 am – Noon

Children ages 1-3 are invited to come and explore our musical noise-makers and various toys anytime between 10:00 am and noon on Friday, August 4th.


Unplugged Board Games and Puzzles
Wednesday, August 23rd, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Play “unplugged” games from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Children ages 6 and up are welcome to drop in after school and enjoy free-building, puzzles and board games for creative fun.


**The Marblehead Public Schools Summer Reading List books will be available in the Children’s Room throughout the summer. Get your assigned and recommended books here.**