Children’s Programs

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

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2019 PROGRAMS

Yoga Story Time with Lindsey Kravitz
Tuesday, September 3rd, 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
Wednesdays, September 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th, 10:30 am – 10:45 am

Children ages 2-4 are invited to our weekly Wednesday with stories, songs or crafts by staff members. Caregivers must attend, and no registration is needed.

 

Interactive Storytime
Fridays, September 6th and 13th, 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Children from birth – 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.

 

Green Paws Program
Begins Monday, Sept 9th

In partnership with Sustainable Marblehead, we are inviting children to join in our new Green Paws program. This is built around six at home activities that will help kids learn about sustainability practices, enjoy books about the environment, and earn a Sustainable Marblehead Green Paws certificate at the end of this year.

Every two months, we will host a display of books on a different aspect of this. Kids can choose a book and explore one of our suggested activities at home.

Learn more about Sustainable Marblehead by visiting their website.

 

Monday Night Children’s Chess Club
Mondays, September 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th
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 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.

 

Book Reviewer’s Club
Monday, September 16th, 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 one Monday 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.

 

Itsy Bitsy Babies & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Tuesday, September 17th, 10:00 am – 10:45 am

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

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. 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.

 

Books & Brushes Club
Tuesday, September 17th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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

Children in first and second grade are invited to listen to a story and/or fact book on a seasonal theme, have a snack, and create a related art project. We will get messy, so dress for mess! Registration is required so we have enough of everything we need! Please sign up in the Children’s Room or call 781-631-1481 Ex 217.

 

Music with Dara
Friday, September 20th, 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 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.

 

Fun Day Monday Playgroup
Mondays, September 23rd and 30th, 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.

 

Drop-in Craft
Friday, September 27th, 10:00 am – Noon

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

 


 

AUGUST 2019 PROGRAMS

Fun Day Monday Playgroup
Mondays, August 5th, 12th, and 19th, 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.

 

Montessori in the Morning
Mondays, August 5th and 19th, 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.

 

Music with Dara
Wednesdays, August 7th and 14th, 10:30 am – 11:15 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. 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
Fridays, August 9th, 16th, and 23rd, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Children of all ages are invited to come and complete a craft and socialize. We will have 2 crafts for kids to complete and take home.

 

Bedtime Stories & Songs with Dara
Monday, August 12th, 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

*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 pajamas 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.

 

Last Day of Children’s Summer Reading Program
Friday, August 16th, Drop-in 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Children who recorded their reading during the summer may complete their logs, retrieve those they passed in previously, get their last prizes, and get a free ice cream cup at any time between 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. We will be counting up the most books read by kids participating this summer, and will select children by raffle in three age categories to receive a book certificate prize.

 

Itsy Bitsy Babies & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Tuesday, August 20th, 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 Wednesday 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.

 


 

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 helping to complete a sticker mural, which is displayed across from the Library’s Main Desk, 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 giveaway for all participants.

*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. ***