Children’s Programs

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

 

 

OCTOBER 2018 PROGRAMS

Annual Pumpkin Guessing Contest
Monday, October 1st – Wednesday, October 31st

What does our pumpkin weigh? This month we will have a pumpkin on display in the children’s room. The weight is a secret. Kids of all ages are welcome to write their guesses on a piece of paper and enter our contest. We will have three age categories and three prizes. All guesses are children’s guesses, and by using their eyes and brains alone!

 

Fun Day Mondays Playgroup
Mondays, October 1st, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 10:00 am – 11:00 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
Mondays, October 1st, 15th, 22nd, and 29th
Beginning Players: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Advanced Players: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Registration is required. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 781-631-1481 Ex 217.

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

 

Yoga Story Time with Lindsey Kravitz
Tuesday, October 2nd, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Come join instructor 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 Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Movers & Shakers Story Time
Fridays, October 5th and 12th, 10:30 am

Children from birth to 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.

 

Itsy Bitsy Babies & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Wednesday, October 10th, 12:00 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 meetings will be held on a Wednesday 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. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Stories with Ryan & Speedy
Wednesdays, October 17th & 24th, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Children ages 2-4 are invited to our weekly Wednesday with our Library Assistant Ryan and his puppet friend Speedy the Sea Otter for stories and a craft. Caregivers must attend – no registration needed.

 

Music with Dara
Friday, October 19th, 10:30 am – 11:30 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 Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Spooky Story Walk
Monday, October 22th, Drop in between 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Children in K-4th grades are invited
Start at the Children’s Desk on the 1st floor

The Abbot Public Library proudly presents our first Spooky Story Walk. Planned by the teens, this event will get you in the mood for Halloween! Come walk through the Teen Room and hear a story along the way, then have some treats. (We promise it will be “Halloweeny”, but not too scary or gross. If you’re nervous, you can bring a parent along.)

 

Montessori in the Morning
Friday, October 26th, 10:30 am – 11:30 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 are 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. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Drop-In Make It, Take It Craft Day
Tuesday, October 30th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Children ages 1-4 are invited with caregivers to visit and make a craft to take home. This fall all of our drop-in crafts will feature an easy seasonal theme. Kids can also play with our musical instruments, puzzles, and toys while background music plays and adults chat. There is no performer – just an informal playtime.

 

Spanish Story Time with Paola
Wednesday, October 31st, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Children ages 4-5 are invited to come to a new Spanish Story Time with program leader Paola Lugo from Colombia.

Learn fun words in Spanish. Aprende palabras divertidas en español. Here is Paola’s invitation:

“We are going to learn and reinforce words your kids know or they want to learn; also we are going to share and have a fun moment listening to Spanish music and some stories with other kids here in the library.

Vamos a aprender y a reforzar palabras que sus hijos saben o les gustaría aprender, también vamos a compartir y a pasar un momento divertido escuchando música en español y algunas historias con mas niños, aquí en la biblioteca.

I am Paola, I am from Colombia, and I love to spend and share my time with kids and teach them about my culture and the South America culture in general.

Soy Paola, nacida en Colombia, me gusta compartir y pasar mi tiempo con los niños y enséñales sobre mi cultura y la cultura de Sur America en general.”