Children’s Programs

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

 

FEBRUARY 2020 PROGRAMS

Fun Day Monday
Mondays, February 3rd, 10th, and 24th, 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, February 3rd, 10th, and 24th
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 ext. 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 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 first grade and up. The first session is for beginners and the second session for advanced players. At the final meeting there will be a tournament with trophies. Registration is required. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 781-631-1481 ext. 217.

 

Story Time Yoga
Tuesday, February 4th, 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.

 

Story Time A-Go-Go
Wednesdays, February 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Children are invited to our weekly Wednesday with stories and movement led by early childhood educator Debbie Leibowitz. Story Time A-Go-Go is a 30-minute class for kids ages 18 months to 2.8 years old. It is designed to help children make fun, active connections between stories and movement. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Write Right
Wednesdays, February 5th, 12th, and 26th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Registration is required. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 781-631-1481 ext. 217.

Calling all boys and girls in 2nd or 3rd 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 seniors at Marblehead High School. It will take place on Wednesdays in February from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Registration is required and those on the waiting list in January will have first priority (10 student maximum).

 

Movers & Shakers
Fridays, February 7th and 14th, 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Children from birth to five 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.

This 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.

 

Story Time with Jan
Tuesday, February 11th and 25th, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Children ages 2-5 are welcome to our story time with staff member Jan. Books and activities are planned around a theme each week. Caregivers must attend but no registration is required.

 

Be an Ocean Guardian!
Tuesday, February 11th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

How long does trash last?

Join us for a fun recycling activity with Barbara Roy on Tuesday, February 11th at 3:30 pm. Kids will learn what kinds of trash last and for how long a time, and how to protect sea creatures by keeping that trash out of the ocean. Barbara Roy is a 20-year Marblehead resident who recently crossed the Atlantic on a scientific mission to study micro-plastics. Children are invited to this interactive program, chosen as part of our Green Paws activity series.

Green Paws is an ongoing program developed from the collaboration between the Abbot Public Library and Sustainability Marblehead. Open to all ages, children can participate in Green Paws by reading books on our rotating thematic displays and exploring “green” activities both at the Library and at home. Complete all the Green Paw activities and receive a Sustainable Marblehead Green Paws Certificate!

 

Drop-in Making Valentine Cards
Thursday, February 13th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Kids who would like to make cards from recycled and free materials are invited to drop-in from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm to be ready for Valentine’s Day.

 

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

Registration is required. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 781-631-1481 ext. 217.

Children ages 3 months to 24 months are invited to this story/playgroup program. The meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month. The program will be led by Chrissy Ierardi, and designed to provide socialization, songs, and ideas for building pre-literacy skills at home. The playgroup is limited in size, so registration is required. Sign up in the children’s room or call 781-631-1481 ext. 217. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Music with Dara
Friday, February 21st, 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 2-5 years. 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, February 28th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Children ages 2-4 are invited to come socialize, and complete a seasonal craft or two to take home.

 


 

JANUARY 2020 PROGRAMS

Fun Day Monday
Mondays, January 6th, 13th, and 27th, 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 6th, 13th, and 27th
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 ext. 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 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 first grade and up. The first session is for beginners and the second session for advanced players. At the final meeting there will be a tournament with trophies. Registration is required. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 781-631-1481 ext. 217.

 

Story Time Yoga
Tuesday, January 7th, 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.

 

Story Time A-Go-Go
Wednesdays, January 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Children are invited to our weekly Wednesday with stories and movement led by early childhood educator Debbie Leibowitz. Story Time A-Go-Go is a 30-minute class for kids ages 18 months to 2.8 years old. It is designed to help children make fun, active connections between stories and movement. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Write Right
Wednesdays, January 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Registration is required. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 781-631-1481 ext. 217.

Calling all boys and girls in 2nd or 3rd 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 seniors at Marblehead High School. It will take place on Wednesdays in January, beginning on the 8th from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Registration is required (10 student maximum). Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 781-631-1481 ext. 217.

 

CANCELLED FOR JANUARY
Movers & Shakers

Fridays, January 10th, 10:30 am – 11:15 am

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

This 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.

 

Story Time with Jan
Tuesdays, January 14th and 28th, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Children ages 2-5 are welcome to our story time with staff member Jan. Books and activities are planned around a theme each week. Caregivers must attend but no registration is required.

 

Music with Dara
Friday, January 17th, 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 2-5 years. 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 and Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Tuesday, January 21st, 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Registration is required. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 781-631-1481 ext. 217.

Children ages 3 months to 24 months are invited to this story/playgroup program. The meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month. The program will be led by Chrissy Ierardi, and is designed to provide socialization, songs, and ideas for building pre-literacy skills at home. The playgroup is limited in size, so registration is required. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 781-631-1481 ext. 217. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Drop-In Craft
Friday, January 24th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Children ages 2-4 are invited to come socialize and complete a seasonal craft or two to take home.