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.

 

 

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

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.

 


 

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

March 2017 Calendar

VIRGINIA A. CARTEN GALLERY

Lead Mills Conservation Area: From Grist Mill to Meadow – 1831 to the Present
Thursday, March 2nd through Thursday, March 30th

In conjunction with its March 29th Annual Meeting and talk by Don Doliber (please see description, below), the Marblehead Conservancy is mounting an exhibit in the Library’s Virginia A. Carten Gallery, featuring the story of the Lead Mills Conservation Area: From Grist Mill to Meadow – 1831 to the present. Images and documents provide a fascinating record of the variety of uses made of this parcel of land, from farming to industrial use to its recent return to a more natural state. In addition, a collage of photos showing several of Marblehead’s other conservation areas will be displayed, to encourage exploring and enjoying, as well as helping to care for, these wonderful places. The exhibit will be on view from March 2nd through March 30th.

 

RESCHEDULED TO TUESDAY, APRIL 4TH, 7:00 pm
“Devil’s Jury” Author Talk with Don Kaplan

Tuesday, March 14th, 7:00 pm
in the Library’s Main Level Reading Room

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.”

 

Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes on Claudia Rankine
Sunday, March 19th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

On March 19th, the Poetry Salon at the Abbot Public Library will feature Claudia Rankine. Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1963, Rankine earned her BA at Williams College and an MFA at Columbia University. She has published several collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric, finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National BookCritics Circle Award in Poetry, the PEN Center USA Poetry Award, and the Forward Poetry Prize; Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric (2004); and Nothing in Nature is Private (1994), which won the Cleveland State Poetry Prize.

Her work often crosses genres as it tracks wild and precise movements of mind. About her work, the poet Mark Doty said, “Claudia Rankine’s formally inventive poems investigate many kinds of boundaries: the unsettled territory between poetry and prose, between the word and the visual image, between what it’s like to be a subject and the ways we’re defined from outside by skin color, economics, and global corporate culture. This fearless poet extends American poetry in invigorating new directions.”

Please join Marblehead Poet and Salem State University Professor Emerita Claire Keyes on Sunday, March 19th, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm as we explore Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric (2014).

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.

 

Library Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, March 21st, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Please join us on Tuesday, March 21st, for a lively discussion on Sherman Alexie’s National Book Award Winner, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. All are welcome!

“Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.” ~Goodreads description.

 

Gender Identity: An Open Community Discussion and Screening of the PBS FRONTLINE Documentary, Growing Up Trans
Sunday, March 26th, 2:00 pm

Abbot Public Library, Lower Level Meeting Room

Co-Sponsored by the Marblehead Task Force Against Discrimination & the Abbot Public Library Generously funded by Eastern Bank Light refreshments will be served.

What is gender? What is gender identity? And what determines an individual’s gender? In a rapidly changing world, gender categories are expanding, and there is new language.

Join us to watch Growing Up Trans, a remarkable PBS FRONTLINE documentary. Following the screening, you will have an opportunity to explore topics raised by the film and related to gender identity, through a facilitated discussion led by Steve Harrington, Executive Director of nAGLY (the North Shore Alliance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth), in Salem. Don’t miss this important conversation!

Growing Up Trans

Just a generation ago, it was adults, not kids, who changed genders. But today, many children are transitioning, too… Go on an intimate and eye-opening journey inside a new frontier. Told from the perspective of parents, doctors, and, most revealing of all, eight transgender kids themselves, ranging in ages from 9 to 19, the documentary takes a powerful look at this new generation, exploring the medical possibilities, struggles, and choices transgender kids and their families face today. (PBS)

 

Steve Harrington, Executive Director, nAGLY

Steve Harrington became Executive Director of nAGLY (the North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth), in June 2014, after serving six years on their Board of Directors. Prior to that, he was the QA coordinator and trainer for JSI Fundraising Systems in Boston. Despite witnessing great gains in acceptance of the LGBT community since his own coming out in 1981, Steve realizes that much more needs to be done to go beyond mere acceptance and arrive at support, understanding, and celebration. He is currently writing a memoir chronicling his own experiences, and lives with his husband of 29 years in Lynn, MA.

nAGLY was founded in 1992 as a support system for LGBT youth in the North Shore area. It has served thousands of youth over the course of more than two decades, and now operates out of its 5,000 square-foot home in Museum Place, in downtown Salem. Last year, nAGLY began several new groups, including a Middle School support group – only the second in the Commonwealth; EPiC@nAGLY (Educators and Parents in Communication); and TRANS-cendence, its trans-specific support group.ids and their families.

 

Marblehead Conservancy Annual Meeting
Wednesday, March 29th, 6:30 pm

“This Place We Call Lead Mills”, a talk by Marblehead Town Historian Don Doliber, presented on the occasion of the Marblehead Conservancy’s Annual Meeting

All members, friends, and interested community members are invited!

Abbot Public Library, Lower Level Meeting Room

Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm

A brief Marblehead Conservancy business meeting will begin at 7:00, to be immediately followed by the guest speaker’s presentation.

In conjunction with the March 29th Annual Meeting and talk by Don Doliber, the Conservancy is mounting an exhibit in the Library’s Virginia A. Carten Gallery, featuring the story of the Lead Mills Conservation Area: From Grist Mill to Meadow – 1831 to the present. Images and documents provide a fascinating record of the variety of uses made of this parcel of land, from farming to industrial use to its recent return to a more natural state. In addition, a collage of photos showing several of Marblehead’s other conservation areas will be displayed, to encourage exploring and enjoying, as well as helping to care for these wonderful places. The exhibit will be on view from March 2nd through March 30th.

 

TEEN PROGRAMS

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Tuesdays, March 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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.

 

Fresh vs. Frozen Cookoff!
Wednesday, March 22nd, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

March is National Frozen Food Month, and we’re going to put frozen snacks to the test! We’ll prepare the same snack twice: once from fresh ingredients and once from frozen. Then we’ll decide which was better. For dessert we’ll make our own ice cream, the best frozen food of all!

Registration is requested for this event.

 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Preschool and Toddler Story Time
Wednesdays, March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 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, March 3rd, 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 March 3rd. Caregivers must accompany children.

 

Monday Night Children’s Chess Club
Mondays, March 6th, 13th, and 27th
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, March 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, 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.

 

Itsy Bitsy Babies and Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Friday, March 10th, 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, March 10th, 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.

 

Music with Dara
Friday, March 17th, 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, March 22nd, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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

 

Yoga Story Time
Monday, March 24th, 10:15 am

Come join Lindsey Gravitz 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, March 28th, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
(second class if needed Friday, March 31st)

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!

 

Tea for Twos
Friday, March 31st, 10:15 am – 11:00 am
Children ages 2-5 are invited to listen to stories, enjoy movement, and have some tasty juice and cookies.

 

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*We now have little cafe tables and chairs right outside our Children’s Room so that adults and kids can have a snack and a chat while visiting the library!*