News & Events

IMPORTANT SERVICE UPDATES:

Curbside Service will begin to have morning hours on Wednesdays from 10:00 am – Noon starting on Wednesday, February 3rd. 

In light of the post-Thanksgiving COVID spike, as well as the likelihood of another surge after the Christmas holiday, we are pausing our Browsing Service. We will offer only Curbside Pickup Service until after the winter holidays, when, taking our cue from the Marblehead Public Schools, we will review the suitability of resuming the Browsing Service.

To set up a Curbside Service appointment, please visit abbotlibrary.org or call the library at 781-631-1481. Curbside appointments can be scheduled Monday through Friday from 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm and on Saturday from 9:30 am – Noon and 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm.

The health and safety of the public and library staff remain our utmost priority. We appreciate your understanding and are grateful for your continued support! Stay tuned for more updates here on the blog, on Facebook, or on our website

 


 

ABBOT PUBLIC LIBRARY – March 2021 VIRTUAL EVENTS
Monday, March 1st – Wednesday, March 31st

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March 2021 Virtual Events Calendar

 

ADULT PROGRAMS

Ayurveda: How a 5,000-Year-Old Science Can Enrich Your Life
Presented by Professional Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner Mandy Lubas, Co-Owner of Holistic Therapies 4Life
Tuesday, March 2nd, 6:00 pm

This virtual event will be hosted on Zoom – view access details below!

Access the Zoom event at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 2nd by clicking this link or by dialing +1-929-205-6099 from the New York Time Zone (if you’re in a different time zone, find out what number to call here) and entering the following information:

Meeting ID: 945 0640 5691
Password: 026389

Prevention is an important characteristic in Ayurveda, the science of life. It enforces the great magnitude of being attuned into the rhythms of nature and the body, mind, and spirit. In order to achieve wellness, prevent disease, attain the ultimate goal of life – “joyful living” – it is necessary that one is in harmony with nature. If we can learn to observe the changes of seasons, daily and nightly routines, birth and aging patterns, and adjust one’s lifestyle to these cycles, a successful and healthy life is ensured.

What you will learn:

  • Understand the 3 Body Types and their biological and physiological functions that are present in all of us
  • Distinguish your dosha for your life cycle
  • Identify the basic nature of yourself (your constitution)
  • Ways to practice a seasonal routine to enhance overall physical, spiritual and emotional health
  • Ways a daily routine can enhance your overall physical, spiritual and emotional well being
  • How to find a practitioner for specific treatment planning for overall health that is person specific


Mandy Lubas is a Holistic Occupational Therapist who has been in the field of medicine since 2001. She is certified in Sensory Integration, trained in Craniosacral Therapy, a Registered Yoga Therapist and Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner. Mandy is the co-owner of Holistic Therapies 4Life. In addition, she is a mentor and educator for occupational therapy students and professors in holistic therapies. She also teaches yoga, co-teaches workshops, and assists in building community of conscious living. She has presented at conferences for MAOT, AOTA, and at local colleges throughout the Boston area to educate practitioners, students, teachers, and colleagues on her passion of merging Yoga and Ayurveda into the medical community. She has been published in OTAdvance Magazine where she writes about her personal experiences in her own healing journey and the work she provides with her clients using these holistic approaches.

 

Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes on Patricia Smith
Sunday, March 14th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This virtual event will be hosted on Zoom – access details will be posted a week before the event on abbotlibrary.org.

On Sunday, March 14th, the Poetry Salon at the Abbot Public Library will consider Incendiary Art, the latest book of poems from Patricia Smith. Smith is a National Book Award finalist (2008) and the author of seven critically-acclaimed volumes of poetry. A skilled performer of her own works, Smith has read her poems all over the United States and around the world. She is a Cave Canem faculty member and an Associate Professor of English at SUNY/Staten Island. Incendiary Art, her 2017 collection, has been described as exuberant, sharp, and questing in its search for understanding of the fatalities that besiege black life in America. Please join Claire Keyes, Marblehead Poet, for the virtual (Zoom) Poetry Salon from 2:00 pm – 4:00  pm on Sunday, March 14th as we regard one of the most magnetic and esteemed poets in today’s literary landscape. You can reserve a print copy of Incendiary Art at evergreen.noblenet.org

 

Conversations on Race: What is Racism?
Presented by the Marblehead Racial Justice Team
Monday, March 15th
, 7:00 pm

Cosponsored by the Abbot Library and the Marblehead Racial Justice Team

This virtual event will be hosted on Zoom – see access details below

Access the Zoom event at 7:00 pm on Monday, March 15th by clicking tinyurl.com/Conversations-on-Race-APL or by dialing +1-929-205-6099 from the New York Time Zone (if you’re in a different time zone, find out what number to call at https://zoom.us/u/acjnB2vf8W) and entering the following information:

Meeting ID: 463 613 7679

On July 24th, 2019, The Atlantic Magazine published an article called “Racist is a Tough Little Word. The definition has grown and shifted over time.” 

This is even truer today. There are several competing definitions of “racist” and “racism,” many from respected antiracism activists. This causes confusion and sometimes conflict among those of us who are working to be effective antiracists. Ibram X. Kendi recognized this as a problem:

“Definitions anchor us in principles. This is not a light point: If we don’t do the basic work of defining the kind of people we want to be in language that is stable and consistent, we can’t work toward stable, consistent goals. Some of my most consequential steps toward being an antiracist have been the moments when I arrived at basic definitions.” – How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi (One World, 2019).

To that end, we will look at some accepted definitions of “racism” and “racist.” Then we will move into breakout zoom rooms to discuss:

  • What each of the definitions means to you.
  • What definition (or another you are familiar with) you choose to define “the kind of people we want to be.” 
  • Why you chose that definition to guide your antiracism work.

We welcome people of all races and backgrounds to come together, to converse, listen, and engage. Our hope is that this will be an opportunity to learn and grow, by hearing, and reflecting upon, each other’s stories and perspectives.

 

Nature’s Best Hope
Virtual Presentation by Doug Tallamy, Author of Bringing Nature Home
Wednesday, March 24th
, 6:30 pm
Cosponsored by the Swampscott Conservancy, Salem Sound Coastwatch. and the Abbot Public Library

This virtual event will be hosted on Zoom – click here to register. Contact swampscottconservancy@gmail.com if you have a question about the program or registration.

Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable.

Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can – and must – take to reverse declining biodiversity and he will explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.

Doug Tallamy is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 104 research publications and has taught insect-related courses for 40 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants, and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His book, Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens, was published by Timber Press in 2007 and was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers’ Association. The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, was published in 2014. Doug’s new book, Nature’s Best Hope, released by Timber Press in February 2020, is a New York Times Best Seller. Among his awards are the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd, Jr. Award of Excellence, the 2018 AHS B.Y. Morrison Communication Award, and the 2019 Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award.

Bringing Nature Home can be reserved in print at evergreen.noblenet.org, in ebook format at https://noble.overdrive.com/media/355634, or in ebook or e-audiobook on www.hoopladigital.com; The Living Landscape can also be reserved in print or read in ebook format on hoopla; and Nature’s Best Hope can be reserved in print, in ebook format on Overdrive, or it can be borrowed with no wait on hoopla in ebook and e-audiobook format.

This event is sponsored by the Swampscott Conservancy and Salem Sound Coastwatch with additional support from the Town of Swampscott Conservation Commission, Abbot Public Library, and Swampscott Public Library. Any questions about the program and about registration can be directed to swampscottconservancy@gmail.com.

 

Atlantic White Shark Awareness Inspires Conservation
Presented by Kristen Kibblehouse, Community Engagement Manager, Atlantic White Shark Conservancy
Wednesday, March 31st
, 7:00 pm

Part of the 2021 “Underwater in Salem Sound” Lecture Series Cosponsored by Abbot Library and Salem Sound Coastwatch

Access the Zoom event at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 31st by clicking this link or by dialing +1-929-205-6099 from the New York Time Zone (if you’re in a different time zone, find out what number to call here) and entering the following information: Meeting ID: 871 4435 6984.

Kristen Kibblehouse will give us an overview of the work of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and cover a wide range of topics – from public perception of sharks to the role sharks play in our marine ecosystem. She will explain the ongoing Cape Cod white shark research and how it is connected to their conservation. Kristen will also share with us white shark movements off our north shore and up into Maine. She will end with a discussion on how the presence of white sharks close to shore has affected the Cape community.

Kristen Kibblehouse works as the Community Engagement Manager for the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, and has been with the organization since 2016. Kristen always had a fascination with sharks since she was a little girl and decided to make that fascination her career. Kristen attended Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, where she studied Marine Science and aided in her university’s shark research program. Kristen moved to Massachusetts in 2016 for an internship with Dr. Greg Skomal. Since then, she has been involved in education, outreach, and research related to the white shark research being conducted off of Cape Cod.

The “Underwater in Salem Sound” Lecture Series is jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library in Marblehead, MA. All the lectures are free and open to the public.

 

TEEN PROGRAMS

Visit the Teen Instagram at @AbbotLibraryTeens

 

Virtual Teen Room
Teen Discord Server
For Teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12

Message with other teen patrons of Abbot Public Library through Discord! Make new friends or catch up with old ones through our dedicated server. Sign up through the links below and receive your email invitation to join the Abbot Library Teens Discord Server the next business day.

Visit this link to join the Discord server: https://forms.gle/58DRuLSqr4Tj5ypGA, or scan the QR code. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Teen Librarian at marteen@noblenet.org.

This program is restricted to teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12.

 

Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G.)
Thursdays, March 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
On the Teen Discord Server
For Teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12

Help the Teen Librarian create virtual programs and build the teen collection! Chat and collaborate with other teen patrons of Abbot Public Library through Discord! Sign up through the links below and receive your email invitation to join the Abbot Library Teens Discord Server the next business day. And be sure to login to the server at the scheduled time and dates to be a part of the future of the library’s teen department. 

Register for Teen Advisory Group at https://forms.gle/EB8sBp9gSXXRYeKk6 or by scanning the QR code. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Teen Librarian at marteen@noblenet.org

This program is restricted to teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12.

 

Teen Library Recommendations

Looking for recommendations for YA books and materials? Just fill out the form linked below and Abbot Library’s Teen Librarian will recommend 1-5 items and place them on hold for you!

The Teen Librarian will place items on hold on your account and once you receive your hold notification, you can set up your curbside appointment by going through abbotlibrary.org or calling 781-631-1481.

Sign up for YA book recommendations at https://forms.gle/qFpGGyj2j9aG77Eb7 or by scanning the QR code. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Teen Librarian at marteen@noblenet.org.

 

Teen Craft Hour
Friday, March 19th, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
A virtual program via Zoom – register to receive the access information
For Teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12

Spend an hour crafting with other Marblehead teens over Zoom. Paint, knit, draw, write, build, however you like to create, from the comfort of your home while chatting with other teens and listening to music. Whatever you are creating does not have to be school related – just create whatever interests you. Sign up using the links below and receive your Zoom meeting invitation through your email.

Sign up for Teen Craft Hour at https://forms.gle/fLCJn8RFKBzeFPz38 or by scanning the QR code.

If you have any questions or would like to submit a song for the playlist, please feel free to email the teen librarian at marteen@noblenet.org.

This program is restricted to teens ages 13-18 or grades 7-12.

 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

To access the Abbot Public Library’s children’s programs, please visit the Abbot Public Library’s YouTube Channel at tinyurl.com/abbotyoutube.

 

Music, Movement, and More with MaryBeth Maes
Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) of the North Shore Program
Mondays, March 1st and 15th, 10:30 am 

MaryBeth Maes performs “Music, Movement, and More”, as Music and Movement Facilitator with the CFCE of the North Shore. MaryBeth uses children’s favorite’s and her own original children’s songs to engage toddlers in moving and dancing, (gross motor skills), memorization, counting, rhyming, spelling, colors, singing, and more.  Her videos through music teach them how to follow instructions and encourage parents to join in and help the littlest ones. She keeps her programs upbeat and fun. 

Children from birth to five years old are invited to this interactive program of songs, stories, and dancing. The video will be posted on the Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel.

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 Yoga with Lindsey Kravitz
Tuesday, March 2nd
, 10:30 am
Accessible on the Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel

Come join Lindsey Kravitz for a fun online 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, along with their caregivers. Watch the video on March 2nd on the Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel! You can visit Lindsey’s website at www.littlefrogdowndog.com.

This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Story Time A-Go-Go
Wednesday, March 10th
, 10:30 am
Accessible on the Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel

Children are invited to view our monthly Wednesday Story Time A-Go-Go program online with stories and movement led by early childhood educator Debbie Leibowitz. Story Time A-Go-Go is a program for children from toddlers – ages 4 and up! It is designed to help children make fun, active connections between stories and movement. The videos will be posted monthly on the Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel

This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Songs with Spencer
Tuesday, March 16th
, 10:30 am
Accessible on the Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel

Come join us online for Songs with Spencer! You’ll hear many old favorites, a story or two, and some brand new tunes never heard before! Each performance includes a segment on social & emotional development, with the help of our beloved orange monster friend, Bowie. We’re so excited to make music for you all – get ready to sing and dance along! The videos will be posted monthly on the Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel!

This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Music with Dara
Friday, March 19th
, 10:30 am
Accessible on the Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel

Join Dara online for a monthly musical video program you can enjoy from home! 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 kids ages 2-5 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. The videos will be posted once a month on the Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel

This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 


 

CURBSIDE PICKUP: HOURS AND SERVICE INSTRUCTIONS

Abbot Public Library currently offers a no-contact curbside pickup service, by appointment only. REVISED Curbside Pickup Hours are Mondays through Fridays from 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Wednesday mornings from 10:00 am – Noon, and Saturdays from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm.

Please note that the Curbside Service is constantly being updated to better serve you, so please always read the instructions carefully, both here and on the online registration, to stay current with procedures.

Here’s how the process works:

  1. You will be able to place holds through your online account at evergreen.noblenet.orgIf you are having difficulty placing holds online, please contact the library at (781) 631-1481 during Curbside Service Hours (see above) or email us at mar@noblenet.org. If you need to register for a library card, please fill out this online form and a staff member will be in contact with you.
  2. Items that are available in Marblehead will be pulled within 48 hours of their request. Due to delays in interlibrary delivery service, some items will take longer to become available.
  3. When your holds are ready, you will receive a notification, via text, email, or phone call, according to your preference, from the library. To change your notification settings go to Account Preferences > Notification Preferences on your online account.
  4. Once you have received a notice that your items are available, please schedule an appointment to pick up your items. Appointments can be scheduled on Mondays through Fridays from 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Wednesday mornings from 10:00 am – Noon, and Saturdays from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm. We ask that you wait until the library has notified you that your requested items are available before scheduling a pickup appointment.
    1. Call the library at (781) 631-1481 during service hours to schedule a pickup time.
    2. Register online with our new software, courtesy of the Friends of Abbot Library! If you receive email notifications, simply click on the registration link in your notice to be brought to our events calendar, or you can visit the library’s website and click on the “Curbside Pick-Up” button. On the registration calendar, choose the time slot that works best for you and hit “Register.” Please read the instructions carefully (they are subject to change) and fill out the registration form as completely as possible. Once you have submitted the form, you will receive an email confirming your appointment time. Should you need to cancel your appointment, it’s as easy as clicking on the cancellation link in your confirmation email.
  5. Please come to the library at your appointment time, to receive your items. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols during pickup, as a safety measure to benefit all. Items will be in paper bags labelled with your last name, on a cart by the rear entrance, through the parking lot. Since this is a no-contact service, staff will not be outside. Items will already be checked out to you in advance and have a due date slip, so feel free to grab your bag and go!

Please only return items to a book return, located in front of the library on Pleasant Street, or near the rear entrance by the Maverick Street parking lot.

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We are delighted to be able to offer curbside pickup service, as a way for patrons to borrow tangible items again! Please continue to check our websiteFacebook page, or the Abbot Public Library Blog for updates to curbside pickup or returns procedures and hours. We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented time for library services, and we look forward to serving you!