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 – February 2019 Events

Friday, February 1st – Thursday, February 28th

Upcoming at the Abbot Public Library
235 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
781-631-1481 • www.abbotlibrary.org
Facebook: @AbbotLibraryMarblehead

 

VIRGINIA A. CARTEN GALLERY

In Honor of Black History Month
“Fire and Thunder: Massachusetts Blacks in the Civil War”
A Traveling Exhibition on Loan from the Commonwealth Museum, Boston
On View Monday, February 4th through Tuesday, February 26th

Gallery Talk on the Exhibit by Stephen Kenney, Director of the Commonwealth Museum
Sunday, February 24th, 2:00 pm

In honor of Black History Month, the Library is delighted to present “Fire and Thunder: Massachusetts Blacks in the Civil War,” a traveling exhibit on loan from the Commonwealth Museum, in the Virginia A. Carten Gallery, from Monday, February 4th, through Tuesday, February 26th. There will be a gallery talk on the exhibit by Stephen Kenney, Director of the Commonwealth Museum, on Sunday, February 24th at 2:00 pm.

Massachusetts recruited three African-American regiments during the Civil War. The 54th is best known because of the film Glory! and the monument to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the Regiment, opposite the Massachusetts State House. This exhibit and lecture includes stories of the 54th as well as the 55th Regiment and 5th Cavalry. Drawing upon the files of Massachusetts Governor John Albion Andrew, at the Massachusetts Archives, it highlights the struggles and triumphs of these pioneering units, including the heroism of Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.

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

 

From the Exhibit’s Introduction:

The institution of slavery was a disease deeply embedded in the tissue of the newly formed American republic. It proved beyond the sagacity of the Founding Fathers to cure, and, left undisturbed, it festered, ready to prove fatal to the Union.

In Massachusetts, slavery was abolished not through legislative fiat, but by judicial action in the 1780s. On the national stage, slavery survived, to be destroyed only after a long and bloody civil war. While causes for the Civil War – political, economic, and cultural – were varied, the essence of the fight, especially for Massachusetts, was always about slavery and the defense of human dignity and freedom. The call to this fight went out and was answered. In the press and on the streets, from the pulpit, lecture podium, and eventually the battlefield, blacks in the Commonwealth stepped forward and helped change the course of history.

Writing about people of African descent in the “Atlantic Monthly,” in 1861, Edward Pierce asked the question, “Will they fight for their freedom?” For blacks in Massachusetts, the answer was a resounding “Yes!” Theirs is a story of courage, strength and sacrifice; a story of the quest for a nation free from slavery and a state where, one day, an African-American might speak words of hope and inclusion as Governor of the Commonwealth.

It is a story worth telling.

 

“Saltwater Fly Fishing on the New England Coast”
An Illustrated Talk by Rick Little of Shadcreek Flies
Sunday, February 10th, 2:00 pm
Meeting Room (Lower Level)

Come learn about fly fishing in salt water from an enthusiastic expert, or just enjoy a photographic tour of the beautiful New England Coast!

A self-taught fly fisherman, Rick Little has had the opportunity to learn from some very knowledgeable outdoorsmen and fishermen. Much of what he has learned came from observing nature and skillful fishermen on the water, and conversations about fish, flies, fishing, and life around Coleman lanterns and campfires on many rivers. Rick has been active in conservation organizations for years, including serving as President of Trout Unlimited Chapters in Manchester, NH, and Bangor, ME.

“Saltwater Fly Fishing on the New England Coast,” is for anyone interested in the fascinating sport of fly fishing and everyone who enjoys the beauty of coastal scenery. Rick will discuss the ways in which he adapted his freshwater fishing knowledge and skills to the saltwater experience, and will provide some tips that will be helpful to the freshwater angler who is interested in branching out to our New England coastal waters. His photographs highlight the entire experience of fishing – the beauty of the surroundings and interaction with nature, as well as fly fishing itself. Samples of freshwater and salt water flies will be on display and available for purchase at the event.

Rick Little grew up in Marblehead and spent a great deal of time on the ocean, drop line fishing for flounder and cod, setting lobster traps and exploring the coastal beaches. When he went to college at the University of Maine, he became hooked on freshwater fishing and fly fishing. It was during the winter of 1968 that he took a fly tying class and embarked on a lifelong hobby that has sparked his imagination and desire to learn more about flies, trout and salmon rivers. Rick now lives in southern New Hampshire with his wife, Ellen, and started Shadcreek Flies as a way to share his interest in fishing with a wider audience.

While the majority of Rick’s fishing has been in New England, he has also fished in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Upstate New York and out West. His programs focus on a practical approach to fishing and an appreciation for the entire fishing experience and the beautiful environments in which trout and salmon live.

For more information about Rick Little and Shadcreek Flies, please visit www.Shadcreekflies.com.

 

“Poetry Salon”: The Poems of Philip Levine, and Their Influence on Guest Poet Kevin Carey
Sunday, February 17th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Marblehead Room (Upper Level)

On February 17th, the Poetry Salon at the Abbot Public Library will feature poet Kevin Carey of Manchester-by-the-Sea in conversation with Claire Keyes. In terms of influence, Kevin names Philip Levine as being the most significant poet to have helped shape his poetry. Levine came out of working-class Detroit and vowed to become “a voice for the voiceless” in his poetry. Kevin’s roots are in Revere and he teaches writing courses at Salem State University, where he is currently the director of the Creative Writing program. In addition to a fiction chapbook, Kevin has published two books of poetry, written plays and worked in film. His poems have been noted for their “wit, precision, and a brave and unmistakably tremendous heart.” Please join us on Sunday, February 17th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm for the Poetry Salon.

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, February 19th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Marblehead Room (Upper Level)

Please join us on Tuesday, February 19th at 10:00 am for the Library Book Discussion Group featuring V.S. Alexander’s The Magdalen Girls. All are welcome to attend!

Dublin, 1962. Within the gated grounds of the convent of The Sisters of the Holy Redemption lies one of the city’s Magdalen Laundries. Once places of refuge, the laundries have evolved into grim workhouses. Some inmates are “fallen” women–unwed mothers, prostitutes, or petty criminals. Most are ordinary girls whose only sin lies in being too pretty, too independent, or tempting the wrong man. Among them is sixteen-year-old Teagan Tiernan, sent by her family when her beauty provokes a lustful revelation from a young priest.

Teagan soon befriends Nora Craven, a new arrival who thought nothing could be worse than living in a squalid tenement flat. Stripped of their freedom and dignity, the girls are given new names and denied contact with the outside world. The Mother Superior, Sister Anne, who has secrets of her own, inflicts cruel, dehumanizing punishments–but always in the name of love. Finally, Nora and Teagan find an ally in the reclusive Lea, who helps them endure–and plot an escape. But as they will discover, the outside world has dangers too, especially for young women with soiled reputations.

 

Long Winter Short Film Festival
Presented by the Marblehead Festival of Arts
Wednesday, February 20th, 6:45 pm
Meeting Room (Lower Level)

Mid-winter blues getting you down? Here is your opportunity for a fun local night out and to see some great films. And it is close by and free!

The evening’s lineup includes pieces that were screened during the 2018 Summer MFoA Short Film Festival as well as additional thought-provoking original short films.

The screening will take place at 6:45 pm on Wednesday, February 20th in the Lower Level Meeting Room of the Library.

Popcorn and drinks will be available to put you in the right movie atmosphere. Admission is free but, as always, donations are welcome!

We have invited the filmmakers to speak and have a Q&A about their films after the 90-minute show.

Film Festival works are intended to show the many ways that film and video can be used as an art form to inform and express. They are not commercial films of the sort that you can find in your standard multiplex. Although some of these works can certainly be enjoyed by children, not all of the films may be understood by them. Parents should review the lineup and decide if the films are appropriate for their younger children.

 

“Conversations on Race: Talking to Families About Race”
Monday, February 25th, 7:00 pm
Co-sponsored by the Marblehead Racial Justice Team and the Abbot Public Library
Reading Room (Main Level)

The February topic is “Talking to Families About Race.” We will view a YouTube video from Janaya Khan, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter, Canada, followed by a discussion.

Join us as we deepen our understanding of talking to families about race at our “Conversations on Race” on Monday, February 25th, to be held 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. 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!

 

“European Green Crabs: An Invasive Menace in New England”
Presented by Alan Young, Professor of Biology at Salem State University
Part of the 2019 “Underwater in Salem Sound” Lecture Series
Wednesday, February 27th, 7:00 pm

The green crab is ranked among the 100 worst alien invasive species worldwide. What do we know about this little crab that is so pervasive on our beaches and rocky shore? Should we in Salem Sound be concerned and, if so, what should we do about it?

Dr. Alan Young, Professor of Biology at Salem State University, will share his expertise and local research on the European green crab. He will discuss the invasion of green crabs in New England: where they came from; how they got here; population dynamics; will ocean warming increase their numbers; impacts of these crabs in Salem Sound, and possible control measures. Come prepared to answer the question: would you consider eating a green crab?

Alan M. Young is a Professor of Biology at Salem State University, where, for the past 28 years, he has taught courses in Biological Oceanography, Estuarine Ecology, Environmental Problems and General Ecology. He has Masters and PhD degrees in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina – Columbia. Dr. Young has conducted a diverse variety of research projects and published scientific papers on topics including hermit crab physiological ecology, Phragmites eradication and salt marsh restoration, microplastics marine debris in Hawaii, and the topic of tonight’s talk, invasive European green crabs.

“Underwater in Salem Sound” is jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library. For more information, please visit www.salemsound.org.

2019 is the 7th year of the annual “Underwater in Salem Sound” Lecture Series. There will be two more lectures in the 2019 series, on the following Wednesdays: March 27th, and April 24th, at 7:00 pm. All the lectures are free and open to the public.

 

TEEN PROGRAMS

Chinese New Year
Tuesday, February 5th, drop-in 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Teen Room (Lower Level)
For grades 7-12

Celebrate the Year of the Pig in the Teen Room! We’ll cook some traditional steamed buns and make paper lanterns.

 

Love for the Ages Movie Marathon
Thursday, February 14th, drop-in 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Teen Room (Lower Level)
For grades 7-12

Whether you’re single, dating, or it’s complicated, everyone loves movie day! Stop by for snacks and the chance to see some classic teen romance movies from the 80s and 90s.

 

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Thursdays, February 21st and 28th, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Teen Room (Lower Level)
For grades 7-12

This group of teen volunteers helps the Teen Librarian plan events, choose items for the collection, decorate the Teen Room, and complete work projects in the Library. The Teen Room is YOUR space – come help us make it awesome!

 

Blind Date with A Book
All of February
Teen Room (Lower Level)
For grades 7-12

Stuck in a reading rut? Come check out one of our blind date books! The books will be wrapped, with just a few hints on the outside. Pick one that looks interesting, and give it a chance. It may just be the literary love of your life!

 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Movers & Shakers Story Time
Fridays, February 1st and 8th, 10:15 am

Children from birth to 5 years old are invited to an interactive program of songs, stories, and dancing. The program will be offered the first and second Fridays of the month. No registration needed, but caregivers must attend.

The interactive program is funded by the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care awarded to Peabody Public Schools to serve families on the North Shore.

 

Fun Day Monday Playgroup
Mondays, February 4th, 11th, and 25th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

This playgroup is available for children from birth to 5 years old. It is designed for caregivers to interact and build skills through play and for families to connect with one another and with valuable resources. Playgroups are staffed by early childhood specialists who can offer information and support to parents and caregivers. The guided playgroup will offer interactive play and circle time, music, movement, and storytelling. No registration needed.

The interactive program is funded by the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care awarded to Peabody Public Schools to serve families on the North Shore.

 

Yoga Story Time with Lindsey Kravitz
Tuesday, February 5th, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Come join instructor Lindsey Kravitz for a fun yoga story time with songs, books, poses, and quiet time. The program is 30 minutes and works well for babies, toddlers, and preschool-aged children accompanied by their caregivers. Mini mats are provided for the children. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Stories & Songs with Ryan
Wednesdays, February 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

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

 

Valentine Card-Making
Thursday, February 7th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Children are invited to come and make a Valentine’s card for their favorite author or book character. We will have teens to help them at each table with the craft and to suggest ideas. Kids can take them home or display them in the Children’s Room.

 

Montessori in the Morning
Tuesday February 12th, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Tereza Swanda, an experienced home Montessori facilitator, will lead a monthly parent/child education group in Montessori learning works. The meetings will each cover a different topic; Grace/Courtesy, Practical Life, Sensorial, Math and Language. The age range for this program is children 3-6 (younger children are welcome but caregivers have to watch for small objects in the Montessori works) with their caregivers. Tereza will bring in one work at a time, demonstrate it to the children and then spend the time doing parent education and teaching how Montessori can be taught at home or in small groups.

 

Music with Dara
Friday, February 15th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

With keyboard, felt board, finger puppets and other engaging visual props, Dara incorporates old favorites and new songs, finger plays, rhythmic activities, creative movement, and instrument playing. Lots of clapping, marching, singing, creative expression and FUN! The program is ideal for ages 2 to 5. Dara VanRemoortel is an early childhood music specialist who has been performing at libraries and teaching at local preschools for over 20 years. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Itsy Bitsy Babies & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Tuesday, February 19th, 10:00 am – 10:45 am

This is a story/playgroup program for children from 3 months to 24 months. The program will be led by Chrissy Ierardi, and designed to provide socialization and songs. This playgroup is limited in size, so registration is required. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Drop-in Playtime
Friday, February 22nd, 10:30 am – Noon

Children and their caregivers are invited to drop in and play with toys, do puzzles and games together, and unwind. This is not a formal program with entertainment, just a drop-in to meet other adults and children playing and conversing. Snacks are welcome in our hallway café.

 

Reviewer’s Club
Tuesday, February 26th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Reviewer’s Club is designed for students in grades 4-6 who are avid readers. Club members read and “score” the books they are reading and recommending for each other. The Reviewer’s Club will meet the last Tuesday of the month at 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Please bring a book you are already reading or have just finished for the next meeting. Snacks are provided.

 


 

ABBOT PUBLIC LIBRARY – January 2019 Events

Tuesday, January 1st – Thursday, January 31st

Upcoming at the Abbot Public Library
235 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
781-631-1481 • www.abbotlibrary.org
Facebook: @AbbotLibraryMarblehead

Click here to download a PDF of this month’s calendar:
January 2019 Calendar

 

VIRGINIA A. CARTEN GALLERY

“Beginnings: A #Bucketlist Solo Photography Exhibit” by Amy Gray
On view Sunday, January 6th through Monday, January 28th
Public Reception: Sunday, January 6th, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Artist Statement: “Beginnings are typically hopeful affairs and contain fresh starts, transitions, and powerful pivots. I designed this collection to explore these occurrences and to spark joy and inspiration. From a misty dawn over a Maine lake, to seashells nestled like a mother with child, to a cheerful rose on the marble counter of a new business, each image prompts reflection and may evoke a smile, a laugh, or a nod of recognition. This exhibit asks you to use your powerful gifts to create extraordinary new beginnings – for yourself and others – in 2019.

I would like to thank Peyton Pugmire, Founder of Creative Spirit, for his essential role as mentor and Exhibit Director for the “Beginnings” exhibit. 100% of all profits from sales of my artwork will be donated to The Casa Rombach Recovery Fund, dedicated to helping Marblehead’s own Rombach family bring their dear Chloe, MHS Class ’10, home after a traumatic brain injury. You can read the full story here: www.crowdrise.com/casarombach. All images will be available for purchase at https://www.creativespiritma.com in January 2019. P.S. Special thanks to Patti Rogers, Director of Abbot Public Library, for granting this bucket list wish.”

 

“Beginnings: Make 2019 YOUR Year To Be Extraordinary”
Lecture by Artist Amy Gray, as part of the Public Reception for “Beginnings: A #Bucketlist Solo Photography Exhibit”
Sunday, January 6th, 3:00 pm – 3:33 pm

I’m writing to Y-O-U. Your life is precious, and you are here to do great things. Let’s make 2019 your year to laser-focus the impact of your time and energy. Join me, Marblehead-based celebrity speakers’ agent Amy Gray, to tap into your greatness and use your gifts to create an extraordinary life for yourself AND others. You’ll hear the behind-the-scenes stories on the images in my “Beginnings” exhibit, and how Jesse Itzler’s “Build Your Life Resume” course prompted me to make this show happen. You’ll receive practical advice, helpful resources, and insider information from my ‘school of hard knocks’ journey as an accidental agent at age 29, and the creation of my 17-year-old business, which guides the speaking careers of those who are both incredibly powerful and deeply good. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to work with Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, TOMS’ Founder Blake Mycoskie, Stranger Things Actor Aimee Mullins, rock star Amanda Palmer, and Oprah’s favorite life coach, Martha Beck, I can tell you. Let’s put what I’ve learned to good use for you and make 2019 your pivotal year to make incredible things happen!

 

Taste of Korea: Korean Cuisine, Full of Wisdom and Nature
Cooking Class of Korean Traditional Cuisine
Presented by the Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project
Sunday, January 13th, 1:30 pm
Meeting Room (Lower Level)

Registration is required. Please visit the Library’s Main Desk or call 781-631-1481 to reserve a seat.
A donation of $6 for supplies and ingredients is encouraged.

The Korean Spirit and Culture Project will be returning to the Abbot Public Library on Sunday, January 13th to give the Marblehead community a taste of Korean culture in a cooking demonstration!

70 percent of Korean food is fermented, including Kimchi, a popular Korean dish that contains approximately more than 100 times the probiotics of yogurt, benefiting the body in ways that you cannot even imagine! The meals are served in Bangjja – traditional bronzeware with health benefits of its own, including producing beneficial minerals and neutralizing harmful substances.

The program on Sunday, January 13th will include the demonstration of four Korean dishes, after which a full home-cooked Korean meal will be served with the traditional table setting in Bangjja bronzeware, followed by the screening of a short film on Korean culture. Recipes and other complimentary books on Korean history and culture will be handed out.

Registration is required for this program, due to limited seating and so the proper number of meals can be prepared! Sign up at the Library’s Main Desk or call 781-631-1481 to reserve a seat.

The Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project (KSCPP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to raising awareness of Korean history and culture. In appreciation for the United States’ support for Korea during the Korean War and in the years that followed, since 2009, KSCPP has held over 1,800 presentations about the history and culture of Korea throughout the country.

For more information, please visit http://www.kscpp.net.

Abbot Public Library is committed to offering its programs free of charge, so that all programs are available to all members of the community. Because of the special nature of this program, and particularly the cost of providing food for both the cooking demonstrations and the full home-cooked Korean meals which will be served to all attendees, a donation of $6.00 is encouraged.

 

Library Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, January 15th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Marblehead Room (Upper Level)

Please join us on Tuesday, January 15th at 10:00 am for a discussion of Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng at this month’s Library Book Discussion Group! All are welcome to attend!

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town – and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

 

“Poetry Salon”: The Poems of Leo Connellan and Patricia Smith, and Their Influence on Guest Poet Priscilla Herrington
Sunday, January 20th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Marblehead Room (Upper Level)

On Sunday, January 20th, the Poetry Salon at the Abbot Public Library continues its exploration of poetic influence. The poet Leo Connellan has been cited by Richard Eberhart as inhabiting “the mainstream of American consciousness,” and by Richard Wilbur as writing poems that are “vivid, harsh, spare and colloquially eloquent.” Connellan served as an influence on Ipswich poet Priscilla Herrington, who will visit the Salon to discuss her poems in relation to Connellan and Patricia Smith. Both influenced her poetry. Smith, four-time champion of the National Poetry Slam, has published seven books of poetry, including Incendiary Art (2017). Smith is considered one of the most magnetic and esteemed poets in today’s literary landscape. Claire Keyes, Marblehead Poet and SSU Professor Emerita, will serve as moderator. Please join us from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Library. This program is free and open to the public.

 

Film Screening and Discussion of Ava DuVernay’s Documentary “13th”
Wednesday, January 23rd, 6:00 pm
Reading Room (Main Level)
Co-sponsored by the Marblehead Task Force Against Discrimination and the Abbot Public Library

Members of the Marblehead Task Force Against Discrimination and the Abbot Public Library ask you to join us for a viewing and community discussion of Ava DuVernay’s Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature, 13th, on Wednesday, January 23rd from 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm.

From NETFLIX: “The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads, ‘Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.’ The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.”

The film screening will start promptly at 6:15 pm, followed by a facilitated panel discussion.

 

“Conversations on Race: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy”
Monday, January 28th, 7:00 pm
Co-sponsored by the Marblehead Racial Justice Team and the Abbot Public Library
Reading Room (Main Level)

It’s been 51 years since Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed, ending 13 years of dedicated civil rights activism. What is his legacy today? What do you think his most important and lasting contributions are? How can we carry them forward?

Bring your stories of those years and subsequent civil rights activism you’ve been involved with to share.

Join us as we deepen our understanding of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy at our “Conversations on Race” on Monday, January 28th, to be held 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. 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!

 

“Coastal Resilience and MVP”
Presented by Barbara Warren, Salem Sound Coastwatch Executive Director, and MassBays National Estuary Regional Coordinator
Part of the 2019 “Underwater in Salem Sound” Lecture Series
Wednesday, January 30th, 7:00 pm

All are invited to the first lecture of the 2019 “Underwater in Salem Sound” lecture series on Wednesday, January 30th at 7:00 pm at the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St. in Marblehead.

Cities and towns across Massachusetts are engaging in Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) to tackle the difficult challenges brought by our changing climate. The first presentation in this year’s “Underwater in Salem Sound” lecture series will discuss probably the most important issue of our time – the climate change crisis and what we can do about it.

Barbara Warren, Salem Sound Coastwatch’s Executive Director, has facilitated the climate change vulnerability and adaptation plans for Marblehead, Manchester, and Salem. In an informative presentation, Barbara will share the efforts of Salem Sound communities and Salem Sound Coastwatch to protect our coastal communities in the face of the growing challenges of sea level rise and severe storms. We will also discuss how, individually and collectively, we can contribute to solutions. Come learn and engage in climate adaptation actions.

Underwater in Salem Sound is jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library. For more information, please visit www.salemsound.org.

2019 is the 7th year of the annual “Underwater in Salem Sound” Lecture Series. There will be a total of four lectures in the 2019 series on the following Wednesdays: January 30th, February 27th, March 27th, and April 24th, at 7:00 pm. All the lectures are free and open to the public.

 

Winter Reading Bingo
Ends Friday, January 11th
Pick up a Bingo Sheet at the Circulation Desk

Winter is an excellent time to cozy up with a book! Finish up last year’s reading resolutions in time for the new year with Abbot Public Library’s Winter Reading Bingo. Teens and Adults are all invited to participate. Anyone who gets Bingo wins a prize!

 

FRIENDS OF ABBOT LIBRARY WINTER BOOK SALE
Saturday, January 26th through Tuesday, January 29th

Saturday, January 26th, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm – Open to the Public!
(Not just for members of the Friends of Abbot Library!)

Sunday, January 27th, 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm – Open to the Public

Monday, January 28th, 10:30 am to 2:00 pm – 20% Discount for Seniors

Monday, January 28th, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Bag of Books for $2

Tuesday, January 29th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Clearance Day

 

TEEN PROGRAMS

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Thursdays, January 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 31st, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Teen Room (Lower Level)
For grades 7-12

This group of teen volunteers helps the Teen Librarian plan events, choose items for the collection, decorate the Teen Room, and complete work projects in the Library. The Teen Room is YOUR space – come help us make it awesome!

 

Drop-In Origami
Tuesday, January 8th – Friday, January 18th
Teen Room (Lower Level)
For grades 7-12

Drop in any time after school and make some origami. Paper and instructions will be provided.

 

Study Zone
Tuesday, January 22nd – Friday, January 25th
Teen Room (Lower Level)
For grades 7-12

During exams at MHS, the Teen Room is the place to study! We’ll obviously have books and quiet study space, but there will also be snacks and a relaxation station with fidgets and coloring pages.

 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Stories & Songs with Ryan
Wednesdays, January 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Children ages 2-4 are invited to our weekly Wednesday story program with Ryan for stories, songs, and activities. Caregivers must attend – no registration needed.

 

Movers & Shakers Story Time
Fridays, January 4th and 11th, 10:30 am

Children from birth to 5 years old are invited to an interactive program of songs, stories, and dancing. The program will be offered the first and second Fridays of the month. No registration is needed, but caregivers must attend.

The interactive program is funded by the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care awarded to Peabody Public Schools to serve families on the North Shore.

 

Fun Day Monday Playgroup
Mondays, January 7th, 14th, and 28th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

This playgroup is available for children from birth to 5 years old. It is designed for caregivers to interact and build skills through play and for families to connect with one another and with valuable resources. Playgroups are staffed by early childhood specialists who can offer information and support to parents and caregivers. The guided playgroup will offer interactive play and circle time, music, movement, and storytelling. No registration is needed.

The interactive program is funded by the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care awarded to Peabody Public Schools to serve families on the North Shore.

 

Monday Night Children’s Chess Club
Mondays, January 7th, 14th, and 28th
Beginning Players: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Advanced Players: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Registration is required. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 781-631-1481 Ex 217.

Learn chess from a master! From learning the movement of each piece to tactics and strategy, this program will give beginners and experienced players a new appreciation for and love of the game. Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be teaching on Monday nights from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm for children in second grade and up. The first session is for beginners and the second session for advanced players. Registration is required. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 781-631-1481 Ex 217. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Yoga Story Time with Lindsey Kravitz
Tuesday, January 8th, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Come join instructor Lindsey Kravitz for a fun yoga story time with songs, books, poses, and quiet time. The program is 30 minutes and works well for babies, toddlers, and preschool-aged children accompanied by their caregivers. Mini mats are provided for the children. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Creative Writing for Kids
Wednesdays, January 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Calling all boys and girls in 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade who love to write! This is your chance to get creative and improve your writing skills with fun activities, including Mad Libs, funny writing prompts, group stories, writing games, and more. This class will be taught by two honors students at Marblehead High School. It will take place on Wednesdays in January, beginning on the 9th, from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

 

Montessori in the Morning
Tuesdays, January 15th and 29th, 10:30 am

Tereza Swanda, an experienced home Montessori facilitator, will lead a monthly parent/child education group in Montessori learning works. The meetings will each cover a different topic: Grace/Courtesy, Practical Life, Sensorial, Math and Language. The age range for this program is children 3-6 (younger children are welcome, but caregivers have to watch for small objects in the Montessori works), with their caregivers.

Tereza will bring in one work at a time, demonstrate it to the children and then spend the time doing parent education and teaching how Montessori can be taught at home or in small groups.

 

Music with Dara
Friday, January 18th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

With keyboard, felt board, finger puppets and other engaging visual props, Dara incorporates old favorites and new songs, finger plays, rhythmic activities, creative movement, and instrument playing. Lots of clapping, marching, singing, creative expression and FUN! The program is ideal for ages 2 to 5. Dara VanRemoortel is an early childhood music specialist who has been performing at libraries and teaching at local preschools for over 20 years. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

“Whale Alert!”
Presented by Children’s Author Angela Kakabeeke
Tuesday, January 22nd, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Join the effort to protect our endangered right whale. Hear local children’s author Angela Kakabeeke share her new book, Whale Alert!, about the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. Angela is committed to educating others about the threats to right whales and other marine life, and she works to promote ocean sustainability. Angela is excited to work with Women Working for Oceans (W2O) and the New England Aquarium in sharing this story. In addition to the reading, there will be educational hands-on activities for children and adults, including whale science kits that reveal the unique characteristics of the right whale and the hazards that they encounter in our blue backyard. Families attending the reading will receive a copy of Whale Alert! courtesy of W2O and Earth Detectives.

 

Reviewer’s Club
Tuesday, January 29th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Reviewer’s Club is designed for students in grades 4-6 who are avid readers. Club members read and “score” the books they are reading and recommending for each other. The Reviewer’s Club will meet the last Tuesday of the month at 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Please bring a book you are already reading or have just finished for the first meeting. Snacks are provided.