Children’s Programs

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

 

MAY 2019 PROGRAMS

Stories & Songs with Ryan
Wednesdays, May 1st and 8th, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Children ages 2-4 (give or take a few months) are invited to our story time with Library Assistant Ryan! Every week kids will listen to, and interact with fun books, sing songs, blow bubbles, and do a coloring activity.

Join Ryan for the final story time of the school year on May 8th.

 

Movers & Shakers Story Time
Fridays, May 3rd and 10th, 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 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, May 6th, 13th, and 20th, 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.

 

Yoga Story Time with Lindsey Kravitz
Tuesday, May 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.

 

Montessori in the Morning
Tuesdays, May 14th and 28th, 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 for Toddlers with Justra
Wednesdays, May 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Music for Toddlers with Justra is an interactive music program for ages 2-4 years old with saxophone player and singer Miss Justra Gomez. Her songs include melodies that will help children learn numbers, colors, animals, foods, and the alphabet.

 

Music with Dara
Friday, May 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 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.

 

Itsy Bitsy Babies & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Tuesday, May 21st, 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. 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, May 24th, 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.

 


 

APRIL 2019 PROGRAMS

Fun Day Monday Playgroup
Mondays, April 1st, 8th, 22nd, and 29th, 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.

 

Monday Night Children’s Chess Club
Mondays, April 1st, 8th, 22nd, and 29th
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.

 

Yoga Story Time with Lindsey Kravitz
Tuesday, April 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.

 

Stories & Songs with Ryan
Wednesdays, April 3rd, 10th, and 24th, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Children ages 2-4 (give or take a few months) are invited to our weekly Wednesday story time with Library Assistant Ryan! Every week kids will hear and interact with fun books, sing songs, blow bubbles, and do a coloring activity. No registration required.

 

Movers & Shakers Story Time
Fridays, April 5th and 12th, 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.

 

Montessori in the Morning
Tuesday, April 9th, 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.

 

Itsy Bitsy Babies & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Tuesday, April 16th, 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 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.

 

Music for Toddlers with Justra
Wednesday, April 17th, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Music for Toddlers with Justra is an interactive music program for ages 2-4 years old with saxophone player and singer Miss Justra Gomez. Her songs include melodies that will help children learn numbers, colors, animals, foods, and the alphabet.

 

Whale Alert!
Presented by Children’s Author Angela Kakabeeke
Tuesday, April 23rd, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
For ages 7-11

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 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.

 

Drop-in Playtime
Friday, April 26th, 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.