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ABBOT PUBLIC LIBRARY – DECEMBER 2019 EVENTS

Sunday, December 1st – Tuesday, December 31st

Upcoming at the Abbot Public Library
235 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
781-631-1481 • www.abbotlibrary.org
Facebook: @AbbotLibraryMarblehead

 

VIRGINIA A. CARTEN GALLERY

“Without Color: The Drawings of Mike T. Cherry”
On View: Monday, December 2nd through Saturday, December 28th
Public Reception: Wednesday, December 11th, 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

7:00 pm – Talk by Amy Saltz (author) and Mike Cherry (illustrator) on their award-winning book, An Essential Song — please see full description in separate listing for December 11th below.

Artwork by Mike Cherry, winner of the 2019 Marblehead Festival of Arts People’s Choice Award in the Drawings category, will be on view in the Abbot Public Library’s Virginia A. Carten Gallery, from Monday, December 2nd through Saturday, December 28th. On Wednesday, December 11th, there will be a public reception for the exhibit at 6:30 pm, with a talk at 7:00 pm by Amy Saltz and Mike Cherry about their collaboration on the recent book, An Essential Song, written by Amy R. Saltz and illustrated by Mike T. Cherry. Light refreshments will be served.

Mike T. Cherry is a self-taught artist specializing in pencil portraits and illustrations. In a world of digital art and virtual images, Mike practices his profession with pencil and paper and creates vibrant portraits in the traditional way. The subjects of his work range from people and pet portraits to landscapes and even industrial settings, military themes, and machinery. Mike feels that art should be beautiful and uplifting to the soul. His favorite subjects are human beings, focusing on nudes and figurative creations. Nothing seems more beautiful to Mike than the subtle curvature and modeling of the human form. Mike’s drawings have a very precise, detailed quality, capturing the subtleties, textures, and personality of his subject, similar to the characteristics found in black-and-white photography. Sometimes, his drawings have been mistaken for photos, and Mike now tends to leave corners or other areas unfinished, to reinforce to the viewer that they are, in fact, experiencing a pencil drawing.

Mike originally comes from the Midwest and spent his first 21 years there, but, since then, has lived around the world, including Germany, Italy, and even Japan. Throughout it all, he found that the one constant in his life was his need to draw. Having spent many years developing his skills, Mike confesses to a certain annoyance when others call his talent “a gift”, rather than the fruit of years of hard work. Preferring graphite pencils to any other medium, he rarely, if ever, works in color, saying that he perceives most of his artistic visions in black and white. Mike has recently settled in Salem, MA. After a life of nomadic existence, moving all over the world due to military assignments, he now hopes to stay in Salem forever. He currently works out of his home which he shares with his wife and four cats.

 

Protecting Brain & Memory As We Age
Presented by Dr. PeiPei Wishnow
Sunday, December 1st, 2:00 pm

Are you interested in brain health and preserving your memory capabilities?

Join us as we welcome Peipei Wishnow, PhD.

Hear her personal story about how hard it is when a loved one has age-related memory loss, why she is so passionate about protecting brain health and memory as we age, and what she has discovered that gives her hope.

As a passionate advocate for vibrant and confident aging, she will share all of this and more!

Dr. Peipei Wishnow is the Founder, President and Chief Scientist of Interceuticals, a company dedicated to creating safe, effective, clinically-tested supplements for men and women who want to age vibrantly and confidently, naturally.

With degrees in Science and Genetics from Zhejiang University, a PhD in Biology from CUNY, and post-doctoral research at MIT and Caltech, plus a deep knowledge of Chinese Traditional Medicine and its beneficial chemical components derived from natural herbs, she is focused on bringing together the best of Western scientific methodology and Eastern holistic knowledge.

 

“An Essential Song: The Creation of an Award-Winning Book through the Collaboration of Author Amy R. Saltz and Illustrator Mike T. Cherry”
Wednesday, December 11th, 7:00 pm (as part of the reception for the exhibit, “Without Color: The Drawings of Mike T. Cherry.” Please see exhibit/reception details above.)
A selection of original artwork for “An Essential Song” will be on display.

Come hear about the fascinating process of an author and artist working together to produce a book that communicates its message equally by means of words and images.

For the author, Amy Saltz, there was courage in giving voice to a very personal journey. For the artist, Mike Cherry, courage took the form of using color, when his preferred medium was the black and white of pencil drawings.

The result of both contributions is more than the sum of the two individual creations; it is a powerful and poetic story of hope triumphing over struggle and pain.

An Essential Song has received the following recognition and awards:
2018 Living Now Bronze Award Winner for Grieving/Death & Dying
2019 Montaigne Medal Finalist
2019 First Horizon Award Finalist
2019 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist for Grief
2019 Eric Hoffer Award Honorable Mention Winner for Spiritual

Longtime Marblehead resident Amy R. Saltz wrote An Essential Song from an outpouring of gratitude for healing that had been sought for decades and found in a way never imagined possible by the author–through loss. Amy yearned to do something to offer thanks as well as hope, so she wrote this metaphorical story of love, loss, reclamation, and healing.

As a young person growing up in Marblehead and Swampscott, Amy tried to reach out for help but felt invalidated. Deep shame and depression caused her to try to take her life. She suffered severe burns to her mouth and lost most of her tongue. She was told she might never be able to talk or eat by mouth and would be institutionalized for life. Instead, she re-entered life, taught herself to talk and eat (although it’s difficult and limited), and began the search for connection. Love emerged, as did death. It was working through loss that brought her the healing she’d been longing for since youth.

Her own experience of living with handicaps prompted Amy to embrace Illustrator Mike Cherry’s attentive dedication to her project even though he cannot see color. The illustrations are beyond expectation and represent triumph of the human spirit. The illustrator has painted vividly colorful renditions without the ability to see color, and the author is singing An Essential Song without a full tongue!

Mike T. Cherry is a self-taught artist specializing in pencil portraits and illustrations. In a world of digital art and virtual images, Mike practices his profession with pencil and paper and creates vibrant portraits in the traditional way. The subjects of his work range from people and pet portraits to landscapes and even industrial settings, military themes, and machinery. Mike feels that art should be beautiful and uplifting to the soul. His favorite subjects are human beings, focusing on nudes and figurative creations. Read more about Mike Cherry in the Artist Exhibit section above.

 

“Poetry Salon” with Claire Keyes on W. S. Merwin
Sunday, December 15th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Marblehead Room, Abbot Public Library

On Sunday December 15th, the Poetry Salon will consider the work of W. S. Merwin, former Poet Laureate of the United States. His numerous collections of poetry, his translations, and his books of prose have won praise over seven decades. For the entirety of his writing career, he explored a sense of wonder and celebrated the power of language, while serving as a staunch anti-war activist and advocate for the environment. A practicing Buddhist as well as a proponent of deep ecology, Merwin lived since the late 1970s on an old pineapple plantation in Hawaii which he and his wife have painstakingly restored to its original rainforest state. The themes that preoccupied Merwin most keenly were those that haunt nearly every poet: the earth, the sea, and their myriad creatures; the cycle of the seasons; myth and spirituality; personal history and memory; and, above all, the fleeting nature of life. Please join Claire Keyes for a lively discussion of Merwin’s ecopoetry from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the Abbot Public Library. Merwin’s poems will be distributed at the Salon which is free and open to the public.

 

“Continuing Conversations on Race: ‘White Gold’: How the Sugar Industry Fueled Slavery”
Monday, December 16th, 7:00 pm
Co-sponsored by the Marblehead Racial Justice Team and the Abbot Public Library
Reading Room (Main Level)

Abbot Public Library and the Marblehead Racial Justice Team are hosting “Continuing Conversations on Race” at the Library on Monday, December 16th from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

The New York Times began a series of articles and podcasts about the first Africans brought to Jamestown in 1619 and how that event has affected our history as a nation. “No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed [1619].”

Our discussion of “The 1619 Project” continues with “The sugar that saturates the American diet has a barbaric history as the ‘white gold’ that fueled slavery.” You can find this article here.

Our conversation will center around our reactions to the article, how it matches the history as we were taught, and how it changes how we see our country now.

These ongoing conversations are a safe and welcoming place in which we explore our own privilege and biases, our questions, and where we continue to learn and grow by hearing each other’s stories so that we can best make a difference. It is a place for listening, conversation, and engagement.

 

Library Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, December 17th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Marblehead Room (Upper Level)

Please join us on Tuesday, December 17th at 10:00 am for a discussion of Liane Moriarty’s What Alice Forgot. All are welcome to attend!

“Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over–she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over.”

 

FRIENDS OF ABBOT LIBRARY MINI HOLIDAY BOOK SALE
Friday, December 13th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please join us on Friday, December 13th, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm for our 4th annual Holiday Mini Book Sale. We will have almost new and unique books for children and adults. Pick from fiction, nonfiction, cooking, crafting, gardening, travel, sailing and many other categories. If you didn’t find a gift at the Christmas Walk, you will find it here!

 

TEEN PROGRAMS

Follow the Teen Instagram page @AbbotLibraryTeens!

 

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Thursdays, December 5th and 12th, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
For grades 7-12

This group of teen volunteers helps the Teen Librarian plan events, choose items for the collection, and complete work projects in the Library. The Teen Room is YOUR space – come help us make it awesome! This program is for teens in grades 7-12.

 

Teen Movie Afternoon
Wednesday, December 18th and Thursday, December 19th, 3:00 pm
For grades 7-12

“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” We’ll be celebrating the holiday season with an interactive movie! Snacks and cocoa will also be provided. There will be two screenings so no one misses out! This program is for teens in grades 7-12.

 

Secret Book Station
Drop in Anytime in December
For grades 7-12

Are you making space on your bookshelves before the holidays? Bring in gently used books all through December for our Secret Book Station. We’ll have gift wrap and tags all ready, so you can wrap it up and write down what kind of person would love to read it. Browse through the others on display and take some home too! Books that remain when December is over will be donated to the Friends of Abbot Library. This program is for teens in grades 7-12.

 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Fun Day Monday
Mondays, December 2nd and 9th, 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.

 

Story Time Yoga
Tuesday, December 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.

 

Story Time A-Go-Go
Wednesdays, December 4th, 11th, and 18th, 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.

 

Green Paws at the Library!
Wednesday, December 4th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Join us in the Children’s Room and explore the new Green Paws program. Open to all ages, Green Paws will rotate thematic sustainability displays every two months that educate and challenge families to read and explore “green” activities at home. The next display will focus on our ecologic food footprint.

Join us Wednesday, December 4th at 3:30 pm for a fun ‘Food Print’ event with local resident and programmer Ed Lewis. Complete all six Green Paw Activities and receive a Sustainable Marblehead Green Paws Certificate!

 

Movers & Shakers
Fridays, December 6th and 13th, 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, December 10th, 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.

 

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

Registration is required. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 781-631-1481, Ex. 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, Ex. 217. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Music with Dara
Friday, December 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 2-5 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, December 27th, 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.

 


ABBOT PUBLIC LIBRARY – NOVEMBER 2019 EVENTS

Friday, November 1st – Saturday, November 30th

Upcoming at the Abbot Public Library
235 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
781-631-1481 • www.abbotlibrary.org
Facebook: @AbbotLibraryMarblehead

 

Click here to download a PDF of this month’s calendar:
November 2019 Calendar

 

VIRGINIA A. CARTEN GALLERY

“Father Christmas Creations by Roy Brindamour”
On View: Wednesday, November 6th through Tuesday, November 26th
Public Reception, Unveiling of 2019 Holiday Pops Logo Art: Wednesday, November 6th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Roy Brindamour will unveil the art work he has created for the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor’s Holiday Pops on the Move! There will be a concert and a reception in his honor on Wednesday, November 6th, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead.

The reception is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to gather in the Library’s Virginia A. Carten Gallery for an exhibit of Brindamour’s artwork. The unveiling of his 2019 Holiday Pops figure of Father Christmas will take place at the reception. Brindamour is an accomplished artist, and has made winter Holiday and Father Christmas figures for many years. Each is made entirely by the artist, as he molds the faces and hands, constructs the figure and accessories, and sews each costume. The exhibit is titled “Father Christmas Creations by Roy Brindamour” and will be on view through Tuesday, November 26th.

Roy Brindamour is an accomplished craftsperson. His interest is in nineteenth century dolls and costumes, and his knowledge and expertise are extensive. He works slowly and methodically, and each meticulous creation is truly a unique and collectible work of art. He also makes custom figures to order for a wide range of clients. His business “Marblehead Made” is a collection of his paintings, papier-mâché dolls, Christmas items, and other artistic works with ties to earlier times. Inspired by antiques, these original works are carefully researched to give the look and feel of an antique by using the same techniques and materials as the original. This gives his work a special timeless quality. Roy’s work has been at the Seraph in Sturbridge, MA, The Peabody Essex Museum gift shop, The Wenham Museum gift shop, and shops in Marblehead, MA.

The Holiday Pops On the Move! artwork will be raffled at the Pops on the Move! Evening at the Hooper Mansion on Saturday, December 14th. Raffle tickets will be available at the Reception at the Library, at the Arnould Gallery, from Rotary of Marblehead Harbor Club members, and on the Pops concert evenings.

 

“Golda Meir – That Extraordinary Woman”
Presented by Historian Herb Belkin
Sunday, November 10th, 2:00 pm

What was it about Golda Meir that took her from a childhood in Czarist Russia to the Prime Minister of Israel? Local Historian Herb Belkin will discuss this extraordinary woman as she rises in the Zionist movement and plays a critical role in the founding of the Jewish homeland. Her work was acknowledged by David Ben Gurion when he praised her with, “The day history is written, it will be recorded that it was thanks to a Jewish woman that the Jewish state was born.” Her story is one of dedication to the rebirth of Israel and the price she paid in her personal life. There will be a Q&A opportunity following the presentation.

Historian Herb Belkin writes and lectures on the epic events of the last two hundred years of Jewish history. His field of study covers Zionism, the Jewish Diaspora, and the critical struggle for a Jewish homeland.

Herb has taught courses on modern Jewish history at Brandeis, Tufts, and Salem State University. He writes a column for The Jewish Advocate, is a correspondent for The Times of Israel, and is a frequent contributor to political and historical blogs.

 

“Poetry Salon” with Claire Keyes on Linda Hogan
Sunday, November 17th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Marblehead Room, Abbot Public Library

Sunday, November 17th brings the poetry of Linda Hogan to the Poetry Salon at the Abbot Library. As an essayist, novelist, and poet, Hogan has concentrated on environmental themes and in bringing together feminist issues along with her Native ancestry. All of her work displays an indigenous understanding of the world. Her novel, Mean Spirit, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In poetry, The Book of Medicines was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other poetry has received the Colorado Book Award, Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, an American Book Award, and a prestigious Lannan Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. Her nonfiction includes Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Land; and The Woman Who Watches Over the World: A Native Memoir. In addition, she has, with Brenda Peterson, written Sightings, The Mysterious Journey of the Gray Whale for National Geographic Books.

She writes: “I’m very concerned with human, animal, and plant survival, traditions that are ecologically sound, and indigenous knowledge systems, and how to convey these understandings of the world to a wide readership.”

Please join Claire Keyes, Professor Emerita at Salem State University, for a discussion of Linda Hogan’s ecopoetry. The Salon is free, open to the public, and runs from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

 

“Continuing Conversations on Race: The Beginning of Slavery in the Colonies: 1619”
Monday, November 18th, 7:00 pm
Co-sponsored by the Marblehead Racial Justice Team and the Abbot Public Library
Reading Room (Main Level)

The New York Times began a series of articles and podcasts about the first Africans brought to Jamestown in 1619 and how that event has affected our history as a nation. “No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed [1619].”

The NYT has published a series of articles and podcasts called “The 1619 Project” which we will discuss over the next few meetings, beginning with “The Fight for True Democracy.”

You can find the articles and podcasts on the New York Times website and other podcast sources.

Our conversation will center around our reactions to the article, how it matches the history as we were taught, and how it changes how we see our country now.

 

Library Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, November 19th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Marblehead Room (Upper Level)

The next Library Book Discussion Group will be on Tuesday, November 19th at 10:00 am in the Marblehead Room. We will be reading The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib. All are welcome to join!

“Anna Roux was a professional dancer who followed the man of her dreams from Paris to Missouri. There, alone with her biggest fears – imperfection, failure, loneliness – she spirals down anorexia and depression till she weighs a mere eighty-eight pounds. Forced to seek treatment, she is admitted as a patient at 17 Swann Street, a peach pink house where pale, fragile women with life-threatening eating disorders live. Together, they must fight their diseases and face six meals a day. Every bite causes anxiety. Every flavor induces guilt. And every step Anna takes toward recovery will require strength, endurance, and the support of the girls at 17 Swann Street.”

 

“Unchaining Our Democracy”
Presented by Frank Kashner
Wednesday, November 20th, 7:00 pm

Frank Kashner will be giving a talk, “Unchaining our Democracy,” presenting his views on how the Koch brothers and their network of billionaires have gained power over the government and people of the United States, destroying both our environment and our democracy.

Based upon the book Democracy in Chains by Nancy MacLean, Frank will detail the Koch’s 50-year, carefully planned struggle for control of the Republican party, the Supreme Court, a majority of our state governments, and most of President Trump’s advisors. Their efforts to destroy voting rights by gerrymandering and cutting voting lists continue as their means to attaining their goals.

Frank Kashner is a retired social worker, and former union organizer with a long history of fighting for social change. He has created a web site, UnchainDemocracy.org. and is committed to help “unKoch” America.

Please Note: the library is committed to freedom of speech and providing a full range of views on current topics.

 

TEEN PROGRAMS

Follow the Teen Instagram page @AbbotLibraryTeens!

 

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Thursdays, November 7th and 14th, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
For grades 7-12

This group of teen volunteers helps the Teen Librarian plan events, choose items for the collection, and complete work projects in the Library. The Teen Room is YOUR space – come help us make it awesome!

 

Teen Process Art Week
Monday, November 18 – Friday, November 22nd, Drop-in 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
For grades 7-12

Process Art is art that doesn’t rely on a specific outcome. The most important part is making, not what you make! All week, we’ll have supplies and ideas available for three different projects that rely on process: pour painting, alcohol ink, and melted crayon art!

 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Movers & Shakers
Fridays, November 1st and 8th, 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.

 

Fun Day Monday Playgroup
Mondays, November 4th and 18th, 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, November 4th, 18th, and 25th
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 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 Ex 217. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Yoga Story Time with Lindsey Kravitz
Tuesday, November 5th, 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, November 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, 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 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.

 

Story Time with Jan
Tuesdays, November 12th and 26th, 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, November 15th, 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 & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Tuesday, November 19th, 10:00 am – 10:45 am

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, Ex. 217. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Drop-in Craft
Friday, November 22nd, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Children of all ages are invited to come socialize, and complete a craft or two to take home.