Children’s Programs

Read about all our many free programs for children held weekly or monthly. We offer programs from infancy through sixth grade!

 

 

JULY 2019 PROGRAMS

 

Click here for details on the Children’s Summer Reading Program.

 

Yoga Story Time with Lindsey Kravitz
Tuesday, July 2nd, 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.

 

Fun Day Monday Playgroup
Mondays, July 8th, 15th, and 22nd, 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.

 

Music with Dara
Wednesday, July 10th, 10:15 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! The program is ideal for ages 2 to 5 years old. 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.

 

Drop-In Craft
Friday, July 12th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Children of all ages are invited to come and complete a craft and socialize. We will have two crafts for kids to complete and take home.

 

Bedtime Stories & Songs with Dara
Monday, July 15th, 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
“Secret Garden” (rain location: Adjacent Lower Level Meeting Room)

The program will be held outdoors in the “Secret Garden.” In case of bad weather, it will be held in the Meeting Room.

Join early childhood music specialist Dara VanRemoortel for a summer bedtime story and songs. the program will include an assortment of songs, rhythmic activities, creative movement, simple instrument playing, and lots of imagination. We hope you can join us! We will be meeting in the garden if it is nice, and the Children’s Room if it isn’t. Feel free to bring children in pjs and with a stuffed toy if they want! Bring a blanket for if we are outside. The program is designed for ages 2-5. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Itsy Bitsy Babies & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Tuesday, July 16th, 10:00 am – 10:45 am

This is a story/playgroup program for children from 3 months to 24 months old. Itsy Bitsy Babies & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup will be led by Chrissy Ierardi, and designed to provide socialization and songs. This playgroup is limited in size, so 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.

 

Drop-In Playtime
Friday, July 19th, 10:30 am -11:30 am

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.

 

Drop-In Craft
Friday, July 26th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Our craft for this day will reflect our Summer Reading Program theme of “Stories in Space.” We will have lots of different materials out for kids to imagine and create their own “space ships.” All children are invited.

 

Montessori in the Morning
Monday, July 29th, 10:15 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.

 


 

MARBLEHEAD PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUGGESTED SUMMER READING LISTS

We also have available the recommended and required reading lists for several grades of Marblehead public schools in the Children’s Room. Children and teens are encouraged to visit the Library and finish their School Summer Reading before the start of school.

 


 

CHILDREN’S 2019 SUMMER READING PROGRAM
Monday, June 24th – Friday, August 16th

This year’s state-wide summer reading theme is “The Summer of Space.” This summer is the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, and we hope children will be inspired to explore a “universe” of reading! Our events, decorations, and activities will support the theme.

The Children’s Summer Reading Program is open to all children, readers and pre-readers, ages 3-12.

Registration begins Monday, June 24th, and when they register, children receive their first reading log. On their reading logs, kids write 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 to complete for the summer. We will also have space themed science experiment sheets to take home. Each one completed will count as a book on a child’s reading log if they wish. In addition, children will be completing a room sticker mural with one sticker for each book read.

When each log is completed, children receive a sticker on the log and then receive a free gift certificate or event/institution voucher donated by businesses or individuals. We keep the logs until the last day.

At the end of the Summer Reading Program on Friday, August 16th, we finish giving out prizes for completed logs and will have an ice cream give away for all participants. Keep watching for the following upcoming summer events:

July & August Events

  • Yoga Story Time
  • Montessori in the Morning
  • ‘Baby & Toddler Story Time
  • Drop-in craft days, playtime, and games, all ages
  • Bedtime Stories & Songs with Dara

*Call the Children’s Room at 781-631-1481 Ex. 217 for details on all Children’s programs.

 


 

** Studies show that, regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic level, or previous achievement, children who read four or more books over the summer fare better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books over the summer. **

 


 

*** The Marblehead Public Schools’ recommended summer reading books will be available in the Children’s Room throughout the summer. The lists of recommended books will be available starting June 17th. ***

 


 

JUNE 2019 PROGRAMS

 

Click here for details on the Children’s Summer Reading Program.

 

Yoga Storytime with Lindsey Kravitz
Tuesday, June 4th, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Come join instructor Lindsey Kravitz for a fun yoga storytime with songs, books, poses, and quiet time. The program is 30 minutes long 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.

 

Seed Planting with Nikki
Friday, June 7th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Children ages 2-5 may join Nikki in planting individual crow-pots with flower seeds to take home. We are using planting soil, so children should dress accordingly!

 

Drop-In Craft
Friday, June 14th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Children ages 2-5 are invited to come and complete a craft and socialize. We will have 2 crafts for kids to complete and take home. All ages are invited!

 

Bedtime Stories & Songs with Dara
Monday, June 17th, 6:30 pm – 7:30 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. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Itsy Bitsy Babies & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Tuesday, June 18th, 10:00 am – 10:45 am

This is a story/playgroup program for children from 3 months to 24 months. The meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of each month. 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. 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.

 

Kids Summer Reading Group
Wednesdays, June 19th and 26th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Kids who like to read are invited to our Summer Reading Group. Our Library Assistant Ryan will be organizing this reading group in which each kid will get a chance to read a portion from the Mercy Watson books. This program is designed for new readers and experienced readers alike. Mercy Watson loves toast, so make-your-own toast with toppings will be served!

 

Drop-in Playtime
Friday, June 21st, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

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.

 

Montessori in the Morning
Monday, June 24th, 10:15 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.

 

Drop-in Craft
Friday, June 28th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Our craft for this day will reflect our Summer Reading Program theme of “Stories in Space.” We will have lots of different materials out for kids to imagine and create their own “space ships.” All children are invited.