News & Events

The Library offers a full schedule of programs and events for the enjoyment and enrichment of visitors of all ages. Please click on the link to our calendar to view listings for upcoming events. Click here for the general Library calendar.

 

Click below to download the Library’s printed monthly calendar:
May 2017 Calendar

 

ABBOT PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENTS – May 2017
Monday, May 1st – Wednesday, May 31st
Upcoming at the Abbot Public Library
235 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
781-631-1481 * www.abbotlibrary.org


Virginia A. Carten Gallery

“The Art Awakens”: Marblehead High School Senior Art Show
Thursday, May 4th, through Saturday, May 27th
Public Reception: Tuesday, May 9th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Light refreshments will be served!

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

The art teachers and seniors of Marblehead High School band together every year to create an exhibition of artwork, and after ten years of shows, we cordially invite you to, what is claimed to be, the best show yet!

Let yourself be teleported to the Abbot Public Library’s Virginia A. Carten Gallery, to experience the out-of-this-world art and extraterrestrial talent it holds. From photography to charcoal portraits to the large social witness posters and more; come and enjoy the variety of pieces the artists have worked on throughout their high school career.

Obi-Wan Kenobi once said, “You’ll find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.” So join us at the reception on Tuesday, May 9th, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm to discuss and celebrate their accomplishments and views about the world, their community, and themselves!

 

DRIFTWOOD GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE
To benefit Abbot Public Library
Saturday, May 13th, 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Masonic Hall, 62 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01945

The Driftwood Garden Club, which maintains the Library’s gardens, is holding its annual Plant Sale. Perennials from Marblehead gardens as well as herbs and flowering annuals will be available. Perfect gifts for Mother’s Day!

 

Library Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, May 16th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

On the morning of Tuesday, May 16th, the Library Book Discussion Group will feature Hag-Seed, Margaret Atwood’s modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. All are welcome to attend!

“When Felix is deposed as artistic director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival by his devious assistant and longtime enemy, his production of The Tempest is canceled and he is heartbroken. Reduced to a life of exile in rural southern Ontario – accompanied only by his fantasy daughter, Miranda, who died twelve years ago – Felix devises a plan for retribution.

Eventually he takes a job teaching Literacy Through Theatre to the prisoners at the nearby Burgess Correctional Institution, and is making a modest success of it when an auspicious star places his enemies within his reach. With the help of their own interpretations, digital effects, and the talents of a professional actress and choreographer, the Burgess Correctional Players prepare to video their Tempest. Not surprisingly, they view Caliban as the character with whom they have the most in common. However, Felix has another twist in mind, and his enemies are about to find themselves taking part in an interactive and illusion-ridden version of The Tempest that will change their lives forever. But how will Felix deal with his invisible Miranda’s decision to take a part in the play?”

 

Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes and Guest Presenter Rod Kessler on Poet Malcolm Miller
Sunday, May 21st, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

On Sunday, May 21, the Poetry Salon will feature the poet Malcolm Miller, a public housing resident at Salem’s Pioneer Terrace, who was found dead at age 83 of natural causes in September 2014. A talented iconoclast with a unique vision, he chose the simple life – living without telephone, television, dresser, or bed – preferring to sleep in a sleeping bag on the floor. For a sometimes – homeless individual, Miller was a surprisingly productive writer whose first two books, written between 1969 and 1978, were commercially published.

Turning his back on the literary establishment, he went on to self-publish fifty-nine more collections – over 3,500 poems in all -, in plain-looking booklets that he mailed to libraries, English professors, and acquaintances, inviting contributions of five or ten dollars. Born in Salem and educated at St. John’s Prep, Miller served briefly in the Navy and attended McGill University in Montreal, where he became a lifelong friend of Poet and Songwriter Leonard Cohen. He is the subject of the new documentary Unburying Malcolm Miller by filmmakers Kevin Carey and Mark Hillringhouse, a film that follows retired Salem State English Professor Rod Kessler’s attempts to get Miller’s writing legitimately published and more widely read. Please join Claire Keyes and Rod Kessler to discuss the poetry of Malcolm Miller. The Salon runs from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, is free and open to the public.

The Library’s monthly Poetry Salon is supported in part by a grant from the Marblehead Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

 

“Conversations On Race”
Co-sponsored by the Marblehead Racial Justice Team and the Abbot Public Library
Monday, May 22nd, 7:00 pm
Marblehead Room (Upper Level)

The Abbot Public Library and the Marblehead Racial Justice Team will be co-hosting an informal gathering, “Conversations on Race,” on Monday, May 22nd, at 7:00 pm. We will meet in the Library’s upper level “Marblehead Room.”

Our intent is to provide a place where topics related to the issue of race can be discussed safely and honestly, to further the creation of an inclusive community, in our town and in the wider society.

For each session, there will be a specific topic to explore. The discussions will be facilitated by members of the Marblehead Racial Justice Team who bring their background in racial justice and group facilitation to support the conversation.

On May 22nd, we will use a short video from the New York Times series “Who, Me? Biased?” called “Peanut Butter, Jelly and Racism,” about the concept of “implicit bias,” as a point of departure.

We welcome people of all races and backgrounds to come together, on May 22nd, to converse, listen and engage. Our hope is that this will be an opportunity to learn and grow, by hearing, and reflecting upon, each other’s stories and perspectives. We plan to continue these conversations, with a scheduled gathering on the third Monday of each month.

 

FRIENDS OF ABBOT LIBRARY BOOK SALE
Saturday, April 29th through Tuesday, May 2nd


Saturday, April 29th, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm – Members Only
(New memberships and renewals may be purchased at the door.)

Sunday, April 30th, 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm – Open to the Public

Monday, May 1st, 10:30 am to 2:00 pm – Seniors 20% Discount

Monday, May 1st, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm – “Bag of Books for a Buck”

Tuesday, May 2nd, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm – Clearance Day

 

TEEN PROGRAMS

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Tuesdays, May 2nd, 16th, and 30th, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
in the Upper Level Conference Room

Abbot Public Library’s Teen Advisory Group needs you! We’re looking for teens to help us make the Teen Room YOUR space. We’ll plan events, pick books for the collection, and maybe even complete some library-related service projects. If you love the library and want to do some community service hours that make a real difference, consider joining! The Teen Advisory Group meets every Tuesday from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the Conference Room at Abbot Public Library. Signup forms are available in the Teen Room and at TAG meetings. This is a volunteer opportunity for grades 7-12.

 

Star Wars Day Celebration
Thursday, May 4th, 3:00 pm
in the Lower Level Teen Room

May the 4th Be With You, Always! We’re celebrating Star Wars Day in style with movies, snacks, lightsabers, and more. Be there or be a half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf Herder!

 

Mother’s Day Crafternoon
Tuesday, May 9th and Thursday, May 11th, 3:00 pm
in the Lower Level Teen Room

Mother’s Day is coming, and you probably need a thoughtful, touching card or gift. The Teen Room has you covered! Stop by May 9th or 11th to make something filled with love for your Mom or Mom-Like Parental Figure Of Choice.

 

Slime Time: A Slime-Making Workshop and Slime Swap
Tuesday, May 23rd, 3:00 pm
in the Lower Level Teen Room

Like making slime? Me too. So let’s make some and/or trade it! We’ll have all the materials for various kinds of slime including scented and glittery! Afterward we’ll have time to swap slime, so if you already make it at home feel free to bring some (we can ONLY trade – you can’t sell slime at this event). If you need to convince your parents, just use these words: chemistry, STEM, non-Newtonian fluid experiment, and non-toxic.

 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

**Most of our school-year programs in the Children’s Room will finish at the end of May. The annual Summer Reading Program, special events and summer drop-in activities will begin when school gets out for the summer.**

 

Stories & Songs with Spencer
Tuesdays, May 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd, 10:15 am

Stories & Songs with Spencer 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 Garfield read stories and perform playful music for little ones on his guitar. Registration is helpful, but not required.

 

Preschool and Toddler Story Time
Wednesdays, May 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th, 10:15 am

Children ages 2-4 are invited to our weekly story time on Wednesdays at 10:15 am. In addition to interactive stories, there may be crafts, yoga movement, finger plays, rhymes, or other activities to supplement the story themes. Registration is helpful, but not required.

 

Music & Toy Exploration Playtime
Friday, May 5th, Drop-in between 10:00 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 May 5th. Caregivers must accompany children.

 

Books and Brushes Club
Tuesdays, May 9th and 23rd, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Children in first and second grade are invited to listen to a story and/or fact book on a seasonal theme, have a snack, and create a related art project. We will get messy, so dress for mess! This month we will have two sessions available. Registration is required so we have enough of everything we need!

 

Itsy Bitsy Babies and Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Friday, May 12th, 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, May 12th, 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.

 

Monday Night Children’s Chess Club
Monday, May 15th
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 ages 7 and up (second grade and up) a new appreciation and love of the game. Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be teaching on Monday nights in the Children’s Room each week. Sessions are back-to-back as follows: Beginning Players: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm; Advanced Players: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm *Registration is required*

Monday Night Children’s Chess Club Tournament
Monday, May 22th, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monday Night Chess Club will be wrapping up the class meetings for this year with a final tournament May 22nd, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The tournament is open to anyone, but registration for the tournament is required. Come, compete, and perhaps win a trophy!

 

Music with Dara
Friday, May 19th, 10:30 am – 11:00 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! Ideal for the 2- to 5-year-old. Dara VanRemoortel is an early childhood music specialist who has been performing at libraries and teaching at local preschools for over 20 years.

 

Unplugged Games & Lego Fun
Wednesday, May 24th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Board games, puzzles, and Legos are available from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Children ages 6 and up are welcome to drop in after school and enjoy some “unplugged” fun.

 

Yoga Story Time
Friday, May 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 geared to kids 0-3 with caregivers. Mini mats are provided.

 

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*Please enjoy our little cafe tables and chairs, right outside our Children’s Room, for adults and kids to have a snack and a chat while visiting the library!*

 


 

Click below to download the Library’s printed monthly calendar:
April 2017 Calendar

 

ABBOT PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENTS – April 2017
Saturday, April 1st – Sunday, April 30th
Upcoming at the Abbot Public Library
235 Pleasant Street Marblehead, MA 01945
781-631-1481 * www.abbotlibrary.org

 

 

VIRGINIA A. CARTEN GALLERY

“Speaking the Local Vernacular”: Art by Amy Hourihan
Sunday, April 2nd, through Wednesday, April 26th
Public Reception: Sunday, April 2nd, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Light refreshments will be served!

Local Marblehead Artist Amy Hourihan will be showing a selection of her recent work, at the Virginia A. Carten Gallery at Marblehead’s Abbot Public Library, for the month of April, 2017. The show is entitled “Speaking the Local Vernacular.” Amy explores the marshes, farms, harbors and gardens between Boston and Gloucester, looking for the iconic and the familiar, but also the warm intimacy of home and family. Principally a plein air watercolorist, working on North Shore landscapes, she also is a printmaker working out of the newly launched Little Harbor Studios in Marblehead. Her watercolors of local scenes are done in a loose style, and in a palette that might be described as “confident.” Her monotypes of local flora and of sea life are stated more abstractly. She also works in woodblock reductions and smaller, multiple block moku hanga Japanese woodcuts. More recently, she has been combining her monotypes into layered encaustic panels. All of these methods will be on view in this show.

An opening reception will be held on Sunday, April 2nd, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, with light refreshments, and the public is warmly invited to attend and greet the artist.

Amy Hourihan is a member of the Marblehead Arts Association, and is a frequent contributor to the Marblehead Festival of the Arts. She has been a student at the Museum of Fine Arts, Maude Morgan Arts Association, and studied watercolor most recently with Joel Janowitz and Gary Tucker, of Boston. She has shown her award-winning work recently at The New England Watercolor Society National Open Show in Gloucester, in October, 2016, and the Monotype Guild of New England’s 4th National Exhibit in 2016.

 

“Devil’s Jury” Author Talk with Don Kaplan
Tuesday, April 4th, 7:00 pm
(Rescheduled from March 14th)
in the Library’s Main Level Reading Room

About Devil’s Jury

A likable and entertaining cross-section of people, on the Massachusetts North Shore, gathers frequently at a bar called Bar None. They take to calling themselves, “The Devil’s Jury.” When a construction worker is assassinated nearby, Detective Dahlia “Dizzy” Gillespie investigates. Soon afterward, a divorce attorney is killed in a hit-and-run accident.

When one of the “jurors” disappears, the criminal investigations converge and the Devil’s Jury becomes a promising source for a solution or a suspect – or both. To solve the homicides at sea level, Detective Gillespie will have to ascend the most isolated peak in the White Mountains.

 

Don Kaplan – Author Statement

I think that I’ve always loved writing – first to educate, then to market, and now, hopefully, to entertain. Briefly, I started as a teacher (history, social science, constitutional law, etc.) and loved it. However, I promised myself that I wouldn’t limit myself to one defining role in my obituary. I wanted to keep informing, teaching, and writing. So I got into publishing shopper’s guides, where I wrote articles and reviews. I had to create content for my advertisers to generate revenue. Customers liked the ads so much in my publications that they asked me to develop all their ads, so I started my full-service advertising agency, Kaplan & Stuart Inc. We grew from one to ten people and worked with hundreds of clients over a 10-year period. I wrote all the copy, directed the creative department, and developed and produced TV and radio ads.

In addition I wrote articles that appeared in business periodicals. In the early 90s, I decided to expand the epitaph one more time and became a strategic marketing consultant. I fed my writing addiction by creating a blog called DK4M, which is now in its second decade. In 2003, I began research on a little-known, long-ignored incident in American history when Andrew Jackson murdered two British traders. I revisited the project a number of times, as work and life intervened. In 2013 I realized that, as much as the story interested me, no one I knew would want to read it. I also love mysteries and, in that, I wasn’t alone. So I wrote The Devil’s Jury.

Beyond mysteries, I enjoy jazz and playing jazz guitar as much as anything. My other interests include writing, reading, movies, cinema history, hiking, Tai Chi, hot sauce, chess, bourbon, Italian, Spanish, (a little Russian, Hebrew, Latin), audio, sports, and more.

 

“Duplicity”: Author Talk with Ingrid Thoft
Wednesday, April 12th, 7:00 pm
in the Library’s Main Level Reading Room

Gutsy Boston P.I. Fina Ludlow returns with a case that puts her faith to the test in the fourth volume of the critically acclaimed Fina Ludlow series by Ingrid Thoft.

About Duplicity

When Ceci Renard hires Ludlow and Associates to sue the hip new church that she believes has brainwashed her daughter, Fina Ludlow is assigned to the case. Covenant Rising Church has all the trappings of a less-than-holy organization: a slick young pastor and his comely wife; fancy houses and luxury cars; and devoted congregants who seem eager to part with their money. Fina wonders if Ceci disapproves of Covenant Rising’s theology or the pastor’s ability to solicit generous donations – until a prominent church member dies unexpectedly. Fina’s investigation requires her to delve into the woman’s life – both in and out of Covenant Rising – and ask a host of difficult questions. Is the pastor leading his flock astray? Did the church have a hand in the death or were there less savory elements in the woman’s life outside the parish?

The case proves to be a complicated morass of misplaced loyalties and questionable motivations, rivaled only by the current state of the Ludlow family. The return of eldest brother Rand sets in motion an explosive showdown that threatens the very fabric that holds the family together, forcing Fina to confront the true meaning of faith.

Ingrid Thoft was born in Boston and is a graduate of Wellesley College. Her interest in the P.I. life and her desire to create a believable P. I. character led her to the certificate program in private investigation at the University of Washington. Thoft received a Shamus Award, from the Private Eye Writers of America in 2016 for the third book in the series, Brutality. She lives in Seattle with her husband.

For more information on the author, please visit her website.

 

Library Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, April 18th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Please join us for the Book Discussion Group on Tuesday, April 18th, at 10:00 am, to discuss Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson. All are welcome!

“Running into a long-ago friend sets memories from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything — until it wasn’t. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant — a part of a future that belonged to them.

But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion.”

 

Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes on I am the Beggar of the World
Sunday, April 23rd, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

On Sunday, April 23rd, the Poetry Salon at the Abbot Public Library will focus on an amazing group of women poets from Afghanistan. Pashtun poetry has long been a form of rebellion for Afghan women, belying the notion that they are submissive or defeated. But writing poetry is dangerous for many Afghan women and girls. Its classical subject – love – in almost any form is taboo. Landay are two-line folk poems that can be funny, sexy, raging or tragic and have traditionally dealt with love and grief. “Landay belong to women,” said Safia Siddiqi, a renowned Pashtun Poet and former Afghan Parliamentarian. “In Afghanistan, poetry is the women’s movement from the inside.”

I am the Beggar of the World is a book of poems, war reportage, and photographs. It presents and comments on “landays” (pronounced “LAND-ees”) in translation from the Pashto, and it describes the current and historical contexts of these poems’ production, with a special emphasis on detailed anecdotes drawn from Eliza Griswold’s and Seamus Murphy’s encounters with their Afghani informants and subjects.

Please join Claire Keyes, Marblehead Poet and Professor Emerita from Salem State University, for a lively discussion of these poems. The Poetry Salon runs from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and is free and open to the public.

The Library’s monthly Poetry Salon is supported in part by a grant from the Marblehead Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

 

“Now and Then – Eelgrass Distribution and Mapping in Salem Sound”
Presented by Jill Carr
Fisheries Habitat Specialist at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries lab in Gloucester, MA
Wednesday, April 26th, 7:00 pm

This past summer, Jill and others from the MA Division of Marine Fisheries conducted side scan mapping surveys of Salem Sound eelgrass meadows to assess and ground-truth the meadows at a higher resolution than aerial imaging. Preliminary results suggest that while some discrete eelgrass beds have seen complete loss over several decades, many eelgrass beds in Salem Sound are larger and more resilient than previously estimated.

This is part of a larger study, funded by MassBays, to assess historic eelgrass trends throughout Salem Sound using photo-interpretation methods to delineate eelgrass beds in historic aerial photos and better describe meadow density. Relevant datasets are data mined for water quality, weather, physical disturbance and various biotic variables that may cause or contribute to the eelgrass trends observed in the mapping.

Jill Carr‘s work involves monitoring and restoring subtidal habitats including eelgrass beds and artificial reefs. She has worked extensively in Salem Sound, restoring grass under the HubLine mitigation project and is currently helping to plan another multi-year planting project.

The “Underwater in Salem Sound” Lecture Series is jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead, MA. Three lectures were presented in 2017, at the Abbot Public Library, on the last Wednesday of the month, on January 25th, February 22nd, and April 26th, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. All the lectures are free and open to the public.

 

FRIENDS OF ABBOT LIBRARY BOOK SALE
Saturday, April 29th through Tuesday, May 2nd

Saturday, April 29th, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm – Members Only
(New memberships and renewals may be purchased at the door.)

Sunday, April 30th, 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm – Open to the Public

Monday, May 1st, 10:30 am to 2:00 pm – Seniors 20% Discount

Monday, May 1st, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm – “Bag of Books for a Buck”

Tuesday, May 2nd, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm – Clearance Day

 

TEEN PROGRAMS

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Tuesdays, April 4th and 11th, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
in the Upper Level Conference Room

Abbot Public Library’s Teen Advisory Group needs you! We’re looking for teens to help us make the Teen Room YOUR space. We’ll plan events, pick books for the collection, and maybe even complete some library-related service projects. If you love the library and want to do some community service hours that make a real difference, consider joining! The Teen Advisory Group meets every Tuesday from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the Conference Room at Abbot Public Library. Signup forms are available in the Teen Room and at TAG meetings. This is a volunteer opportunity for grades 7-12.

 

Teen Treasure Hunt
Monday, April 10th – Thursday, April 13th
in the Abbot Public Library Teen Room

From Easter Eggs to Passover Matzah to the first flowers of spring, April is all about hunting for stuff! Drop by the Teen Room anytime April 10-13 to participate in a Treasure Hunt. Your first clue will be posted near the Teen Librarian’s desk, and from there… who knows?!?! (Well, I know, but I’m not telling!) There will be a prize at the end for those who can solve the clues.

 

Recycled Crafternoon for Teens
Tuesdays, April 18th and 25th, 3:00 pm
in the Abbot Public Library Teen Room

To celebrate Earth Day we’ll be using recycled items in two Crafternoon (Craft Afternoon) sessions. Projects will include Glitter Jar Galaxies, Takeout Shrinky Dinks, Book Page Origami, and maybe more. You can come to just one session or come to both!

(If you want to make a Glitter Jar Galaxy, please bring a clear plastic or glass container with a watertight lid. We’ll also have a limited selection available.)

 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Monday Night Children’s Chess Club
Mondays, April 3rd, 10th, and 24th
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 ages 7 and up (second grade and up) a new appreciation and love of the game. Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be teaching on Monday nights in the Children’s Room each week. Sessions are back-to-back as follows: Beginning Players: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm; Advanced Players: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. *Registration is required*

 

Stories & Songs with Spencer
Tuesdays, April 4th, 18th, and 25th, 10:15 am

Stories & Songs with Spencer 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 Garfield read stories and play playful music for little ones on his guitar.

 

Preschool and Toddler Story Time
Wednesdays, April 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, 10:15 am

Children ages 2-4 are invited to our weekly story time on Wednesdays at 10:15 am. In addition to interactive stories, there may be crafts, yoga movement, finger plays, rhymes, or other activities to supplement the story themes. Registration is helpful, but not required.

 

Itsy Bitsy Babies and Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Friday, April 7th, 10:00 am

This is a story/ playgroup program for children from 3 months to 24 months. The meetings are usually held on the second Friday of each month, but this month’s meeting will be Friday, April 7th 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.

 

Yoga Story Time
Friday, April 14th, 10:15 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.

 

Books and Brushes Club
Tuesday, April 18th, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Children in first and second grade are invited to listen to a story and/or fact book on a seasonal theme, have a snack, and create a related art project. We will get messy, so dress for mess! Registration is required so we have enough of everything we need!

 

Music with Dara
Friday, April 21st, 10:30 am – 11:00 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! Ideal for the 2- to 5-year-old. Dara VanRemoortel is an early childhood music specialist who has been performing at libraries and teaching at local preschools for over 20 years.

 

Unplugged Games & Lego Fun
Wednesday, April 26th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Come and build a monster out of our library Legos! Or play “unplugged” games from 3:30 pm – 4:40 pm. Children in ages 6 and up are welcome to drop in afterschool and enjoy free-building to a monthly theme and board games for creative fun.

 

Music & Toy Exploration Playtime
Friday, April 28th, Drop-in between 10:00 am and 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 April 28th. Caregivers must accompany children.