Children’s Programs

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

 

JULY 2017 PROGRAMS

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

This year’s theme is “Build a Better World”. We will have events, decorations, and activities that support the theme. 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. Registration begins June 27th, and when they register, children 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.

 

The U.S.S. Constitution Museum:
Free admission pass for up to 7 family members to the museum for finishing 10 books on a reading log. All ages.

Skyzone Indoor Trampoline Park:
Discount admission certificate to the indoor trampoline park in Danvers after reading/listening to at least 10 books. All ages.

Tree Top Adventures:
Raffle prize and discount participation bookmarks: Ages 7+ We will be giving Tree Top Adventures Park bookmarks with 50% discount on admission to the zip-line park for children ages 7+ who finish 10 books on their reading log. Two free admission tickets will be given as raffle prizes in August.

The Topsfield Fair:
Available at the end of summer: Read or listen to at least 10 books and receive one free admission ticket for ages 8+ (younger get in free), one hot dog and drink voucher, two ride tickets, and one “read and win” ribbon.

 

July Events:

Bedtime Stories and Songs with Dara
Monday, July 10th, 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, July 11th, 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+.

Note: If you can’t come on July 11, we’ll be running this workshop again in August!

 

Read to the Cats at the Marblehead Animal Shelter
Wednesday, July 12th, 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Children ages 7+ are invited to read to cats at the shelter. The cats enjoy the attention and kids can practice their skills. We encourage the children who sign up to choose a library book they would like to read aloud. Caregivers must be present, and sign-ups are required. Parents should meet first at the library that day to confirm registration.

 

Itsy Bitsy Babies & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Friday, July 14th, 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, July 14th, 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.

 

Sheep To Sweater Tuesdays
Tuesdays, July 18th and 25th, and August 1st, 3:30 pm
in the Lower Level Meeting Room
Registration Requested – Sign Up is in the Children’s Room

In this three-part series we’re going to explore the history, math, science, and craft that takes plants, animals, and even plastic from fluff to fashion. There will be lots of hands-on opportunities and you’ll come away with artwork you really and truly made from scratch! Come to all three workshops for the full picture, or just come when you can.

July 18: Meet The Fluff and Color Theory
Explore different types of fiber, pet some wool that just came off the sheep, and learn about the ways colors mix (or don’t mix!). We’ll even get to dye some yarn!

July 25: Spin a Yarn
Humans have been spinning fiber into thread, string, and yarn for thousands of years. We’ll look at different kinds of spinning technology (including a spinning wheel), build our own spindles, and make our own yarn.

August 1: Weave It All Together
Using the yarn we made in Week 1 and Week 2, we’ll create our own woven art pieces or finger knitting.

 

“Matilda, the Algonquin Cat”: A Reading with Author Leslie Martini
Wednesday, July 19th, 10:30 am

Leslie Martini will read from her book based on the actual (and celebrated) cat at the Algonquin Hotel in NYC, which has, in addition to its rich literary heritage, a long history of a “cat in residence”. The picture book is both funny and informative for children ages 5 through 12, and the adults who love the literary back story.

 

When You Bring a Pet Home Workshop
Thursday, July 20th, 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Shelter volunteer Kathy Schalck will come and speak at the library about adopting and caring for a new pet. Children will learn about adopting animals and the responsibilities of pet ownership. Kids are encouraged to bring in a book about a pet, stuffed animal, or a picture of a pet.

 

Yoga Story Time with Lindsey Kravitz
Friday, July 21st, 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.

 

Stories & Songs with Spencer
Tuesday, July 25th, 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.

 

“Wings in the Wind”: Interactive Reading and Habitat Building Workshop
With Local Author Julia Walsh
Wednesday, July 26th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Wings in the Wind features the life cycle of the mallard which describes an orphaned mallard’s journey to adulthood from the perspective of a compassionate young girl. The story is designed to not only teach about wildlife, but to also instill a care for nature and one another. The reading is followed by an instructional activity involving habitat building and learning about the interdependency of the wildlife on the tidal river and salt marsh.

 

Drop-In Crafts and Activities
Caregivers must attend.

 

Craft Day – “Fish on a Stick”
Wednesday, July 5th, 10:15 am – Noon

Children 2-5 are welcome to make a make a fish-shaped craft to take home.

 

Music & Toy Exploration Playtime
Friday, July 7th, 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, July 7.

 

Craft Day – Make a Greeting Card for an Animal
Tuesday, July 11th, 10:15 am – Noon

Children ages 2-5 are invited to make animal collage greeting cards to take home.

 

Craft Day – “Pet ID Tag”
Wednesday, July 12th, 10:15 am – Noon

Using a shelter pet picture, children can make a picture tag for display at the library or at the shelter. We provide the picture, and children make the “frames” at the library.

 

Unplugged Board Games and Puzzles
Monday, July 17th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Play “unplugged” games from 3:30 – 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.

 

Craft Day – Make a Dog Toy
Tuesday, July 18th, 10:15 am – Noon

Children ages 3+ are welcome to come and make a dog chew toy for a dog friend to take home.

 

Craft Day – “Butterfly Necklace”
Wednesday, July 19th, 10:15 am – Noon

Children 2-5 are welcome to make a butterfly necklace to take home.

 

Craft Day – “Cat Mousie Toy”
Wednesday, July 26th, 10:15 am – Noon

Children ages 2-5 are welcome to make a catnip-stuffed cat toy to take home.

 

Craft Day – Wild Bookmarks
Friday, July 28th, 10:15 am – Noon

Children 2-5 are invited to come make a wild animal print bookmark to take home.

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**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.**

 


 

JUNE 2017 PROGRAMS

Yoga Story Time
Friday, June 2nd, 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.

 

Stories and Songs with Spencer
Tuesday, June 6th, 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. This month there will be just one session, on Tuesday, June 6th. Come listen to Spencer read stories and play upbeat music for little ones on his guitar.

 

Itsy Bitsy Babies and Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Friday, June 9th, 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, June 9th, 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.

 

Drop-in Flag Day Craft
Wednesday, June 14th, 10:15 am – 11:00 am

Little ones of all ages are welcome to a morning drop-in craft to make a paper flag to take home. Caregivers must attend.

 

Unplugged Games & Lego Fun
Wednesday, June 14th, 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.

 

Music and Toy Exploration Playtime
Friday, June 16th, 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 June 16th. Caregivers must accompany children.

 

Little Craft Makers
Friday, June 23rd, drop-in between 10:15 am – Noon

Children ages 2-4 are welcome to come and do a simple drop-in craft to take home. Come on Friday, June 23rd, anytime between 10:15 am and noon. Caregivers must accompany children.

 

Bedtime Stories and Songs with Dara
Monday, June 26th, 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 VanRemoortel is an early childhood music specialist who has been performing at libraries and teaching at local preschools for over 20 years.

 

Summer Reading Program Registration
Tuesday, June 27th – Tuesday, August 15th
Begins Tuesday, June 27th, between 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

At sign-up, both children who are pre-readers and readers receive a reading log to record books over the summer. Registration is ongoing throughout the summer. Details of our program “Build a Better World” and our July and August events and activities will be out later this month.

 

Seed Planting Activity
Tuesday, June 27th, 10:15 am – 11:00 am

We invite children ages 2-5 to a seed-planting activity to celebrate the beginning of summer. We will have small pots to decorate, lots of dirt, and seeds to plant. Children can water them at home and watch what happens! Registration is required so that we will have enough materials.

 

Tea Party
Friday, June 30th, 10:15 am – 11:00 am

Children ages 2-5 are invited to listen to stories, music, and have some tasty juice and cookies.