News & Events

The Library offers a full schedule of programs and events for the enjoyment and enrichment of visitors of all ages. Please click on the link to our calendar to view listings for upcoming events. Click here for the general Library calendar.



Wednesday, May 1st – Friday, May 31st

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


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



“Marblehead High School 2019 Senior Art Show”
On View: Wednesday, May 15th through Thursday, May 30th
Public Reception: Wednesday May 15th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, performances start at 6:00 pm

Follow us down the rabbit hole to the Virginia A. Carten Gallery at the Abbot Public Library for the 2019 Senior Art Show! You’ll find yourself lost in Wonderland, absorbed into the art work of the Class of 2019. Each student has invested countless hours into creating these magnificent pieces that will finally be on display. The gallery will consist of these artists’ takes on sculpture, drawing, painting, and photography. Additionally, please join us for special live performances beginning at 6:00 pm on Wednesday May 15th. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to enjoy the talent of both visual and performing artists at Marblehead High School.


“Poetry Salon”: The Poems of Elizabeth Bradfield, and Their Influence on Guest Poet Kali Lightfoot
Sunday, May 19th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Marblehead Room (Upper Level)

On May 19th, the Poetry Salon at the Abbot Public Library will culminate its year with Kali Lightfoot celebrating the influence of Elizabeth Bradfield on her poetry. Bradfield has worked as a naturalist and guide on ships both at home and in some of the globe’s most remote places. She is the author of the poetry collections Once Removed, Approaching Ice, Interpretive Work and the forthcoming mixed-genre Toward Antarctica. Kali worked as a teacher, wilderness ranger in Washington state, executive at Road Scholar, and most recently as founding Executive Director of the National Resource Center for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes. She lives in Salem, MA after she retired in 2014 and earned an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies, and has been nominated for Pushcart prizes by Lavender Review and Poetry South. Her first full-length collection of poems, Pelted by Flowers, will be published by Cavan Kerry Press in April, 2021. Bradfield lives on Cape Cod with her partner and is Associate Professor and co-Director of Creative Writing at Brandeis University.

Please join us on Sunday, May 19th as Salem Poet and Editor Susanna Brougham discusses with Kali the influence of Liz Bradfield on her poetry. This program, which runs from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, is free and open to the public!

The Library’s monthly Poetry Salon is supported in part by a grant from the Marblehead Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


“Continuing Conversations on Race: The African American Perspective”
Monday, May 20th, 6:30 pm
Co-sponsored by the Marblehead Racial Justice Team and the Abbot Public Library
Reading Room (Main Level)

These ongoing conversations are a place to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere in which we explore our own biases and 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.

Join us as we celebrate two years of conversations and shared learning.

We are starting early so we have time to view and discuss “The Blackness Project.” It is an educational documentary about culture and race from the African American perspective. The goal of “The Blackness Project” is to educate, elevate, and engage all Americans in an effort to bridge the racial divide in our country by creating a meaningful dialogue on race.

As a thank you for joining us, whether for the two years or the first time, we will have refreshments! Cookies and soft drinks to enjoy as we converse about the movie and what we have learned these two years.


Library Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, May 21st, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Marblehead Room (Upper Level)

Please join us on Tuesday, May 21st at 10:00 am for a discussion on Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras. All are welcome to attend!

Set in 1990s Columbia. Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister, Cassandra, enjoy carefree lives thanks to their gated community in Bogotá, but the threat of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord Pablo Escobar continues to elude authorities and capture the attention of the nation. When their mother hires Petrona, a live-in maid from the city’s guerrilla-occupied slum, Chula makes it her mission to understand Petrona’s mysterious ways. But Petrona’s unusual behavior belies more than shyness. As both girls’ families scramble to maintain stability amidst the rapidly escalating conflict, Petrona and Chula find themselves entangled in a web of secrecy that will force them both to choose between sacrifice and betrayal.


Saturday, May 4th through Tuesday, May 7th

Saturday, May 4th, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm – Open to the Public

Sunday, May 5th, 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm – Open to the Public

Monday, May 6th, 10:30 am to 4:00 pm – Open to the Public

Monday, May 6th, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Bag of Books for $2

Tuesday, May 7th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Clearance Day




Instagram: @AbbotLibraryTeens

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Thursdays, May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th, 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, decorate the Teen Room, and complete work projects in the Library. The Teen Room is YOUR space – come help us make it awesome!




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.


Stories & Songs with Ryan
Wednesday, May 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.


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.