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 – July 2017
Saturday, July 1st – Monday, July 31st
Upcoming at the Abbot Public Library
235 Pleasant Street Marblehead, MA 01945
781-631-1481 * www.abbotlibrary.org

 

VIRGINIA A. CARTEN GALLERY

“Ties That Bind”: Artwork by Barbara Naeser
Monday, July 3rd through Thursday, July 27th
Public Reception: Wednesday, July 12th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

“Ties That Bind” is the title of Barbara’s exhibit at the Virginia Carten Gallery in the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead, from Monday, July 3rd through Thursday, July 27th. There will be a public artist’s reception on Wednesday, July 12th, from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

This exhibition consists of a collection of Barbara’s oil paintings, including her most recent work, and a selection of her pastel paintings, mostly done in a pastel workshop in San Miguel de Allende earlier this year. She likes to paint fun and familiar subjects that are significant to her, subjects and objects from her everyday life including grandchildren. There is a little whimsy in many of her paintings. You will see children, places, still lives, winter, summer, Colorado… I hope you will enjoy the variety of pieces Barbara has worked on.

“Each new painting presents a personal challenge. I strive to capture the image, gesture or idea that first inspired me. My paintings are fresh and happy with loose brushstrokes and vibrant color. My work has an immediacy about it which gives it a contemporary flair.”

Barbara Naeser lives in Marblehead and is a juried artist member of the Marblehead Arts Association where she was on the Board of Directors for many years. She is also a member of Salem ARTS, and Newburyport Art Association and is the Treasurer for Swampscott Arts Association. She has chaired the Senior Exhibit for the MFoA for the last 3 years. Her work has been displayed in Wit and Whimsy, Gold Direct Care, Lost and Found, Hip Baby Gear, and Lizzy Lou in Marblehead as well as other locations on the North Shore.

For more information, visit the artist’s website.

 

Marblehead Festival of Arts Short Film Festival
Monday, July 3rd, 10:30 am

The program for the 2017 Short Film Festival is out. It looks to be an entertaining list of films, so make a plan to see them! The premiere screening is on Sunday, July 2nd at 9:00 pm at Crocker Park. If you miss this or want enjoy the festival in the comfort of air conditioning, there will be a full additional screening on Monday, July 3rd, at 10:30 am in the Abbot Public Library.

Visit the Marblehead Festival of Arts website for a full list and descriptions of the films.

 

Poetry Reading by Award-Winning Poet Richard Garcia
Wednesday, July 12th, 7:00 pm
in the Main Level Reading Room

Please join us on Wednesday, July 12th, at 7:00 pm, for a poetry reading by an award-winning poet, followed by a Q&A. Richard Garcia won the 2016 Press 53 Award for Poetry for Porridge. He is the author of six books of poetry, and his poems have appeared in many journals, such as The Georgia Review, Crazyhorse, The Cortland Review, and Ploughshares. His work is also included in many anthologies, among them, The Best of the Prose Poem, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, and Best American Poetry 2005. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Pushcart Prize, the Mudfish Prize from Mudfish Magazine, the Greensboro Award from the Greensboro Review, the Cohen Award from Ploughshares, and the Georgetown Prize from the Georgetown Review. He was poet-in-residence at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles for twelve years, where he conducted workshops in art and poetry for hospitalized children. He teaches at the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA in Creative Writing program. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife, the poet Katherine Williams, and their dog Max.

 

“Conversations on Race: Microaggressions”
Co-sponsored by the Marblehead Racial Justice Team and the Abbot Public Library
Monday, July 17th, 7:00 pm
in the Library’s Main Level Reading Room

We’ve all heard of microaggressions. But have you ever wondered whether you’ve unintentionally committed a microaggression? Join us for a discussion about what makes a statement a microaggression, how to avoid them yourself, and what actions you might, or might not, take when you see someone else saying something that could be considered racially insensitive. We will examine these questions at our “Conversations on Race,” on Monday, July 17th, 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. Bring a friend!

 

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

On Tuesday, July 18th, at 10:00 am, the Library Book Discussion Group will get together to discuss The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer. All are welcome to attend!

“Describes how a group of Timbuktu librarians enacted a daring plan to smuggle the city’s great collection of rare Islamic and secular manuscripts away from the threat of destruction at the hands of Al Qaeda militants to the safety of southern Mali.

Over the past twenty years, journalist Joshua Hammer visited Timbuktu numerous times and is uniquely qualified to tell the story of this heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al Qaeda and preserve these precious literary treasures. Hammer explores the city’s manuscript heritage and offers never-before-reported details about the militants’ march into northwest Africa. But above all, The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu is an inspiring account of the victory of art and literature over extremism.”

 

“Control Your Retirement Destiny,” with author Dana Anspach
Wednesday, July 19th, 7:00 pm

Amazon reviewers are calling the 2nd Edition of Control Your Retirement Destiny the best book on retirement planning they’ve ever read. This is a great opportunity to hear the content directly from the author. In this workshop, Dana will cover essential topics from each of the thirteen chapters. She’ll start by explaining how the planning you do needs to change as you reach age 50 and beyond. Then she’ll discuss the basic steps you need to take, including tips on claiming Social Security, investing, estimating health care costs, and best practices as to how you title accounts and structure your beneficiary designations. This workshop is sure to leave you better prepared for retirement!

Dana Anspach is the founder and CEO of Sensible Money, LLC, and the author of Control Your Retirement Destiny (2nd Edition) and Social Security Sense. Since 2008, she has been writing as an expert on retirement-related topics, spending eight years as About.com’s MoneyOver55 Expert which evolved into a site called The Balance, and contributing to US News and World Report and MarketWatch on various retirement planning topics. Dana holds designations as a Certified Financial Planner and Retirement Management Analyst.

 

TEEN PROGRAMS

Makey Makey and Scratch Workshop
Tuesday, July 11th, 3:30 pm
in the Lower Level Meeting Room
Registration Requested – Sign Up is in the Children’s Room

We’re going to invent!
We’re going to game!
We’re going to program and code!
We’re going to build stuff!
We’re going to play (safely) with electrical circuits!
We’re going to do ALL OF THAT IN ONE WORKSHOP!

Using Scratch, we’ll code our own game or animation. Then, we’ll use Makey Makeys to build personalized controllers out of recycled materials. No prior coding experience is necessary.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

No Time To Attend A Program? No Problem!

There will be lots of opportunities for things you can grab quickly and do in the comfort of your own home!

Make-Away Crafts will be available in the Teen Room and include both materials and instructions for a craft you can do on your own. Kits will include bookmarks, friendship bracelets, book sculptures, and more!

The Teen Reading Challenge 2017 is still going! Grab a form from the Teen Room and get reading. Return finished forms to the Teen Librarian for prizes!

Don’t even want to leave home? You can always get e-books on OverDrive (including required Summer Reading titles). And check out Audiobook Sync for two free audiobooks each week!

 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

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

This year’s theme is “Build a Better World”. We will have events, decorations, and activities that support the theme. This year we are collaborating with the Marblehead Animal Shelter to collect items needed for the animals as children read books over the summer. Several children’s events and crafts will have animal themes and highlight building a better world for animals in need.

The Children’s Summer Reading Program is open to all children, readers and pre-readers, ages 3-12. Registration begins June 27th, and when they register, children receive their first reading log. On their reading logs, kids list on each line the name of the book they read or had read to them. Each log has room for 10 books, and there are 5 logs available for children for the summer. A donation of an item on the shelter wish list will also count as a book on their reading log. Collection bins for donated wish list items for the shelter will be in the Children’s Room.

When each log is completed, they get a sticker on the log and then receive a free gift certificate or event/institution voucher. We will have prize packages from the various organizations to give away for children reading or listening to at least 10 books and recording them on their reading logs. We keep the logs until the last day.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

July Events:

Bedtime Stories and Songs with Dara
Monday, July 10th, 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Children ages 2-5 are welcome to wear pajamas while attending this evening story and song program. Dara incorporates old favorites and new songs, finger plays, rhythmic activities, creative movement, and instrument playing. Dara Van Remoortel is an early childhood music specialist who has been performing at libraries and teaching at local preschools for over 20 years.

 

Makey Makey and Scratch Workshop
Tuesday, July 11th, 3:30 pm
in the Lower Level Meeting Room
Registration Requested – Sign Up is in the Children’s Room

We’re going to invent!
We’re going to game!
We’re going to program and code!
We’re going to build stuff!
We’re going to play (safely) with electrical circuits!
We’re going to do ALL OF THAT IN ONE WORKSHOP!

Using Scratch, we’ll code our own game or animation. Then, we’ll use Makey Makeys to build personalized controllers out of recycled materials. No prior coding experience is necessary.

This is a collaborative program with teens for ages 10+.

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

 

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

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

 

Itsy Bitsy Babies & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Friday, July 14th, 10:00 am

This is a story/ playgroup program for children from 3 months to 24 months. The meetings will be held on the second Friday of each month. This month’s meeting will be Friday, July 14th, at 10:00 am. Designed to provide socialization and songs, the half-hour playgroup is limited in size, so registration is required.

The program is sponsored by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant in collaboration with Francine Sudak, teacher with the Lynn Public Schools, and the Abbot Public Library.

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Yoga Story Time with Lindsey Kravitz
Friday, July 21st, 10:30 am

Come join Lindsey Kravitz for a fun yoga story time with songs, books, poses, and quiet time. The program is 30 minutes and geared to kids 0-3 with caregivers. Mini mats are provided.

 

Stories & Songs with Spencer
Tuesday, July 25th, 10:15 am – 11:00 am

This lively program is designed around stories and songs for ages 2-5. Spencer Garfield, involved in family outreach at Temple Emmanu-El, performs this fun, upbeat, and interactive program weekly. Come listen to Spencer read stories and play upbeat music for little ones on his guitar.

 

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

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

 

Drop-In Crafts and Activities

Caregivers must attend.

 

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

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

 

Music & Toy Exploration Playtime
Friday, July 7th, 10:15 am – Noon

Children ages 1-3 are invited to come and explore our musical noise-makers and various toys anytime between 10:00 am and noon on Friday, July 7.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

Play “unplugged” games from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Children ages 6 and up are welcome to drop in after school and enjoy free-building, puzzles and board games for creative fun.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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**The Marblehead Public Schools summer reading list books will be available in the Children’s Room throughout the summer. Get your assigned and recommended books here.**

 

 


 

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

 

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

 

VIRGINIA A. CARTEN GALLERY

“Traveling Painting Exhibition”: Artwork by Amanda Lee Dunham
Friday, June 2nd through Thursday, June 29th
Public Reception: Wednesday, June 14th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Artist’s Statement: “This exhibition consists of new, vibrant paintings that play with elements of Naturalism and Abstraction. Drawing off of influences such as David Hockney, Henri Matisse, and Patrick Caulfield, these works appropriate a stylistic fusion of original and contemporary ideas. Each painting is subject to a quirky perception of everyday experiences, relationships and environment.”

Amanda Dunham is a local artist; raised in Marblehead and currently residing in Salem, MA. She graduated from Boston University in 2010 with a BFA in Painting and Art History. She has worked for the past decade as an independent Artist with frequent exhibitions throughout the North Shore. She has also painted murals, most notably in New York City, Boston, Santa Fe, and the Peabody Essex Museum.

The art exhibit 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.

 

“Jazzin’ the Blues”: Live Music Performance
Paul Speidel, Jazz and Blues Guitar; John Turner, Upright Bass
Wednesday, June 7th, 7:00 pm

A musical journey taking the audience back to the beginnings of Jazz with examples of the Blues roots. It proceeds through the 20th century, performing styles from each period of Jazz evolution, highlighting the continuing presence of the Blues influences, even to the modern day. Pieces by Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and other greats are emphasized, with brief introductions and explanations of the music between pieces.

Paul Speidel has performed at major clubs and festivals in the Greater Boston area, such as Scullers, Ryles, Johnny D’s, Acton Jazz Cafe, and many others. He’s taught Jazz and Blues in the Newton Public Schools for many years, and has presented programs at public and private venues in the area, as well. Last year, he had the privilege of performing live on WBUR’s “Radio Boston” program to nearly 500,000 listeners, and has appeared on countless other area radio shows over the years. He has nine CDs to his credit, and has been critically received nationally, including a 3½ star review in Downbeat in 2011. Artists performed with include Patti Page, Howard Alden, Jay Geils, Duke Robillard, James Montgomery and Shirley Lewis, to name just a few.

John Turner, who is currently holding the Bass Chair in Roomful of Blues, has performed globally with many famous artists such as Magic Dick and J. Geils, Ornette Coleman, Lee Konitz, and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, among many other notables. He has been a fixture on the New York and Boston Blues and Jazz scene for over 30 years, and has appeared on numerous recordings, as well.

 

Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes on Guest Poet John Ronan
Sunday, June 18th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
***PLEASE NOTE: the Library is CLOSED on Sundays during the summer, and will be open only for this event, on June 18th. ***

On Sunday, June 18th, the Poetry Salon will be visited by John Ronan of Gloucester. Ronan is a poet, playwright, movie producer, and journalist. He has received national honors for his poetry and is a former National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Ucross Fellow, Bread Loaf Scholar, and Poet Laureate of Gloucester, MA. In 2010, his volume of poetry, Marrowbone Lane, won Highly Recommended honors from the Boston Authors Club. In 2017, Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown, a homage to pluralism in New York City and the nation, was published by Backwaters Press.

As a playwright, Ronan has both composed and staged The Yeats Game and The Early Bird Special. He is founder of the media production company American Storyboard, a teacher of film, and host of Cape Ann Television’s “The Writer’s Block” with John J. Ronan which celebrates its 27th anniversary in the 2016-17 season. Ronan lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, with his wife, Sandy, and memories of their adopted Wyoming dog, Cowboy. Please join us at the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm on June 18th to welcome John Ronan.

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: White Fragility”
Co-sponsored by the Marblehead Racial Justice Team and the Abbot Public Library
Monday, June 19th, 7:00 pm
in the Library’s Main Level Reading Room

Why is it so difficult for white people to talk about racism?

Robin DiAngelo, originator of the term “White Fragility,” writes that white people “move through a wholly racialized world with an unracialized identity (e.g. white people can represent all of humanity, people of color can only represent their racial selves). Challenges to this identity become highly stressful and even intolerable.” How do we recognize this in others and ourselves, and what do we about it?

Dr. DiAngelo has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice and has worked with a wide range of organizations, including private, non-profit, and governmental. Her work on the subject has been featured in Salon, NPR, Slate, Alternet, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Seattle Times.

DiAngelo’s seminal article about White Fragility can be downloaded here.

We will examine the questions noted above, more closely, at our “Conversations on Race,” on Monday, June 19th, 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. Bring a friend!

 

Library Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, June 20th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Please join us on Tuesday, June 20th, at 10:00 am to discuss The Wonder: a Novel by Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room. All are welcome to attend!

“Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell, who is said to be living without food, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale’s Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl. As Anna’s life ebbs away, Lib finds herself responsible not just for the care of a child but for that child’s very survival. Haunting and magnetic, The Wonder is a searing examination of doubt, faith, and what nourishes us, body and soul. Written with all the propulsive tension that made Donoghue’s Room a huge bestseller, it works beautifully on many levels — an intimate tale of two strangers who transform each other’s lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a spellbinding story of love pitted against evil.” –from back cover.

 

“Underwater off Devereux Beach”
Presented by Jon Grabowski
Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center, Grabowski Lab, Nahant, MA
Bonus lecture for the 2017 “Underwater in Salem Sound” series
Wednesday, June 21st, 7:00 pm

Dr. Jonathan Grabowski of Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center will share the results of his initial sampling efforts — both biological and physical environments — off the coast of Marblehead’s Devereux Beach and the Boston Harbor Islands. The study results will serve as baselines for potential artificial reefs that, if built, could possibly help reduce the effects of storm energy on existing infrastructure while enhancing marine habitats.

With 30% of Massachusetts’ population living in coastal communities, population growth continues to stress water quality and marine habitats for recreational and economically valuable fish species. Since over the next several decades, flooding and erosion from sea level rise is projected to expose many communities to greater risks, there is interest in developing infrastructure solutions that provide both aquatic habitat and shoreline protection. Artificial reefs have been used effectively in the US to attenuate wave energy and to provide important habitat. However, potential sites should be carefully assessed to avoid unintended impacts.

Jonathan H. Grabowski has a Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ecology, and leads the Grabowski Lab at Northeastern University’s Marine Science Center that focuses on marine ecology, fisheries, conservation biology, social-ecological coupling, environmental policy, and ecological economics. We conduct research in a variety of estuarine and marine settings, and much of our work focuses on improving the management of economically important species, such as lobsters, cod, herring, monkfish, and striped bass, and coastal habitats including oyster reefs, seagrass beds, salt marshes, kelp forests and cobble bottom. We also examine how the perceptions, knowledge, and social capital of coastal communities influence their decision-making on environment issues such as shoreline hardening, resource and habitat management, and climate hazard preparedness.

 

TEEN PROGRAMS

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Tuesdays, June 6th, 13th, and 20th, 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.

 

Button Afternoon June!
Weekday afternoons, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

We have a new button maker in the Teen Room, and to celebrate we’re making buttons all month long! If you have a picture or design you want to bring we can make it into a button, OR you can use a blank template and our craft supplies to let your imagination run wild. (Don’t want a pin? We also have magnets!)

The button maker will be available on weekday afternoons from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm in the Teen Room.

 

SUMMER READING IN THE TEEN ROOM

Books on the school summer reading lists for students entering 7th-12th grade will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. They can be found in the Teen Room starting June 24th and will be available through September.

For those of you who are digitally-inclined or travelling, we’ll have as many Summer Reading books as we can available on OverDrive in both eBook and eAudiobook versions. They’re completely free with your library card, and once you’ve downloaded the file, you don’t need internet or cell service to read or listen.

The return of Make-Away Craft Kits!
Don’t have time to come to the library for a program during your busy summer? Grab a Make-Away Kit when you come for your Summer Reading books. Inside you’ll find materials and instructions for a craft you can make anywhere!

There’s Still Time to Start the Teen Reading Challenge 2017
Want to read more or read different in 2017? Take our Reading Challenge! Read at least one book in each category, and write down the title/author of the book you read. Challenge sheets are available in the Teen Room. When you’ve finished, bring your sheet back to the Teen Librarian for a prize!

Free Audiobooks for Keeps!
If you’re an audiobook listener, or if you want to start, check out www.audiobookssync.com! Every week from April 27th to mid-August there will be two free audiobooks for download through OverDrive. Best of all, there’s no waiting and no returns! The books are yours to keep! Visit their website for a full schedule and more details.

 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Yoga Story Time
Friday, June 2nd, 10:30 am

Come join Lindsey Kravitz for a fun yoga story time with songs, books, poses, and quiet time. The program is 30 minutes and geared to kids 0-3 with caregivers. Mini mats are provided.

 

Stories and Songs with Spencer
Tuesday, June 6th, 10:15 am – 11:00 am

This lively program is designed around stories and songs for ages 2-5. Spencer Garfield, involved in family outreach at Temple Emmanu-El, performs this fun, upbeat, and interactive program weekly. This month there will be just one session, on Tuesday, June 6th. Come listen to Spencer read stories and play upbeat music for little ones on his guitar.

 

Itsy Bitsy Babies and Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Friday, June 9th, 10:00 am

This is a story/ playgroup program for children from 3 months to 24 months. The meetings will be held on the second Friday of each month. This month’s meeting will be Friday, June 9th, at 10:00 am. Designed to provide socialization and songs, the half-hour playgroup is limited in size, so registration is required.

The program is sponsored by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant in collaboration with Francine Sudak, teacher with the Lynn Public Schools, and the Abbot Public Library.

 

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

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

 

Unplugged Games & Lego Fun
Wednesday, June 14th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Play “unplugged” games from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Children ages 6 and up are welcome to drop in after school and enjoy free-building, puzzles and board games for creative fun.

 

Music and Toy Exploration Playtime
Friday, June 16th, drop-in between 10:15 am – Noon

Children ages 1-3 are invited to come and explore our musical noise-makers and various toys anytime between 10:00 am and Noon on June 16th. Caregivers must accompany children.

 

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

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

 

Bedtime Stories and Songs with Dara
Monday, June 26th, 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Children ages 2-5 are welcome to wear pajamas while attending this evening story and song program. Dara incorporates old favorites and new songs, finger plays, rhythmic activities, creative movement, and instrument playing. Dara VanRemoortel is an early childhood music specialist who has been performing at libraries and teaching at local preschools for over 20 years.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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