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.

 

 

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

 

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

 

VIRGINIA A. CARTEN GALLERY

“The Road to Revolution: The Stamp Tax Crisis of 1765”
A Traveling Exhibit Provided by the Commonwealth Museum, Boston
Wednesday, August 2nd, through Wednesday, August 30th

Lecture and Gallery Tour by Commonwealth Museum Director, Dr. Stephen Kenney: Tuesday, August 15th, 7:00 pm

King George III was twenty-five years old in 1764. Although not an absolute monarch, he wielded considerable power over the world’s greatest empire.

Some thought that the young king put his confidence in the wrong people. “We must call in bad men to govern bad men,” he explained.

Deeply in debt after the French and Indian War, the King’s advisors proposed two unpopular revenue measures for the colonies: The Sugar Act of 1764 and the Stamp Act of 1765.

The Sugar Act included a customs duty paid by merchants. It was unwelcome, but not unfamiliar. The Stamp Act was something new, a direct, internal tax that affected most colonists. Former Prime Minister William Pitt had known better. When the idea was proposed to him a few years earlier, he had declined “to burn [his] fingers with an American Stamp Act.” Now, nearly every piece of paper in the colonies would require a revenue stamp. There was a firestorm of protest!

School children know what happened next: the debate about “taxation without representation,” the birth of the Liberty Tree and the Sons (and Daughters) of Liberty, the role of James Otis, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock. The story is familiar but not the back story. The events of 1765, two hundred and fifty years ago, started a complex debate about the principles of government, the importance of individual rights, and the identity of colonists as “Americans.”

 

“The Road to Revolution: The Stamp Tax Crisis of 1765”
Lecture and Gallery Tour by Commonwealth Museum Director, Dr. Stephen Kenney
Tuesday, August 15th, 7:00 pm

Dr. Kenney will provide the back story of the Stamp Act Crisis of 1765, emphasizing original materials held in the Massachusetts Archives. Deeply in debt after the French and Indian War, the British government proposed a Stamp Tax for the American colonies. Nearly every piece of paper from newspapers to shipping documents would require a stamp. This lecture will emphasize the personalities that drove the conflict, from Thomas Hutchinson, to Samuel Adams, to lesser known figures like radical shoemaker Ebenezer McIntosh who led protests against “taxation without representation.”

Stephen Kenney has been director of the Commonwealth Museum at the Massachusetts Archives since 2002. He has a Ph.D. from Boston University and has been a faculty member and administrator at several colleges, including service as Interim President at Quincy College.

 

eVacation Station
Thursday, August 10th, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Need a break from it all? Come visit APL’s “eVacation Station” for all the FREE digital entertainment services you need to relax and recharge! We’ll be here to help you sign up and get started.

InstantFlix is a movie streaming service offering over 7,000 feature films, documentaries, films from various festivals, and TV shows, from 85 countries. No downloading required!

RBDigital (previously Zinio) brings you unlimited access to nearly 50 desirable magazine titles with NO DUE DATES. Absolutely free content! The New Yorker, anyone?

Libby for Overdrive is a new mobile application for downloading e-books and e-audiobooks on mobile devices.

Food, fun, and freebies for all! See you there on August 10th, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm!

 

Library Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, August 15th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Amy Engel’s Roanoke Girls will be the subject of the August 15th Library Book Discussion Group. All are welcome to join us at 10:00 am!

After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. When she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away.

Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

 

“Conversations on Race: Systemic Racism ”
Co-sponsored by the Marblehead Racial Justice Team and the Abbot Public Library
Monday, August 21st, 7:00 pm
in the Library’s Main Level Reading Room

What is Systemic Racism? Seeing and identifying specific effects of systemic racism can sometimes be difficult. After viewing a video that shows how racism shows up in our lives across institutions and society, we will discuss where we see systemic racism in our own lives and community. By sharing these insights, we become more aware and thus better able to address racism locally and in the larger community. Please remember this is a place for respectful dialogue and constructive discussion about creating a more just community.

Join us as we deepen our understanding of systemic racism at our “Conversations on Race,” on Monday, August 21st, at the Abbot Public Library, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The discussion 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. Join us to listen, learn, and talk openly with others striving to move racial justice forward.

Never been? Come at 6:45 pm to ask any questions you may have about the process of civil conversations. Bring a friend!

 

Troubling Texts: How Religions Leaders Approach Tough Scriptural Passages
with Rabbi David Meyer and Pastor James Bixby
Tuesday, August 29th, 7:00 pm

Throughout the past three thousand years, the Bible has been a source of inspiration, wisdom, joy and peace to untold numbers of people, yet still in our day, some of the passages it contains can be quite troubling. How can one sacred text contain such diversity? Are these troubling passages sufficient for us to dismiss the sanctity of the entire canon?

Join us for an evening of exploration and wrestling with tough texts from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures and the tools in the use of those who work with them. A respectful conversation will follow the presentation, with an opportunity for questions and refreshments. All are welcome to join regardless of religious adherence or belief. A diversity of backgrounds is a blessing in any study of texts, religious or not! Our presenters and conveners are:

Rabbi David Meyer will be speaking representing Temple Emanu-El. Before coming to Temple-Emanu-El in 1992, Rabbi Meyer was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1986 and served six years at Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco. He received his Masters of Theology degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1996, and, in 2011, was awarded the Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) from HUC-JIR. Rabbi Meyer’s sermons and articles have appeared regularly in magazines and rabbinic journals. He is the author of the acclaimed textbook on Jewish ethics, The Rabbinic Driving Manual: A Jewish Guide to Driver’s Education. He is a Past-President of the North Shore Rabbinical Association and the Marblehead Ministerial Association. Rabbi Meyer is a founding Board Member of “Art a la Carte,” a charitable organization that delivers artwork to the hospital rooms of long-term cancer patients.

Pastor James Bixby will represent Clifton Lutheran Church. He has served Clifton for two years, before which he was in St Paul Minnesota working at Central Presbyterian Church and St Mark’s Lutheran Church. He graduated from Luther Seminary for his Masters of Theology after Trinity College where he majored in Religion. Jim’s thesis was on “Just War” theory in the context of the Six Day War of 1967 and reached publication.

Jim’s passions have been in ministry to those experiencing homelessness, combating racism, and youth work in Chicago and Minneapolis. He is active on the Marblehead Racial Justice Team and the Marblehead Ministerial Association.

 

TEEN PROGRAMS

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 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.

 

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.

 

Back To School Gear-Up
Monday, August 21st – Friday, August 25th, Drop-in 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
In the Lower Level Teen Room

Summer may be ending, but we’re going to start the new school year in style! Drop into the Teen Room anytime between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm the week of August 21st – 25th to get prepped for the new school year.

Featuring:

DIY School Supplies – Don’t shell out big bucks for cute notebooks and pencils! Get the cheap ones and bling them out here! We’ll provide duct tape, sequins, fancy paper, and all kinds of other decorations so your school supplies can be as well-styled as your first day of school outfit.

Puzzles, Board Games, and Brain Teasers – Get back in the swing of thinking hard with strategy games, word puzzles, brain teasers, and more!

Crowd-Sourced Summer Reading Review – Did you do your summer reading back in June? Have you completely forgotten the weird details that you may need to remember? Did one or two little things stick in your mind? Kickstart your memory and help your classmates by adding to our “Stuff I Remember About This Book” sheets!

Relaxation Station – If back to school is stressing you out, head to our Relaxation Station to make a stress ball, get some yoga tips, draw some zentangles, do some coloring, and keep the vacation feeling going just a little bit longer.

 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

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.

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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.**