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.

 

 

ABBOT PUBLIC LIBRARY – FEBRUARY 2020 EVENTS

Saturday, February 1st – Saturday, February 29th

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

 

VIRGINIA A. CARTEN GALLERY

“Second Wind – Second Look”
Art by Isabelle K. Brown, Barbara Dowd, and Linda Lea Bertrand
On View: Sunday, February 2nd through Thursday, February 27th
Public Reception: Saturday, February 8th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Three women met in a painting class of Paul George, an award-winning artist on Cape Ann. They formed a bond of mutual respect for each other’s varied background, passion for art, and interest in developing their individual artistic styles. They joined in a collaborative called “Second Wind” for exhibition of their work. “Second Wind” refers to enthusiasm for a new beginning by reinventing themselves through art.

This exhibit, “Second Wind – Second Look,” includes landscape and seascape paintings inspired by taking a “second look” at the scenery where they live on the North Shore. As nature is always changing and the artist is always developing, even paintings of the same subject will always be new and different.

These three women are:

Isabelle K. Brown was a former newspaper reporter and Executive Assistant in local and state government. She is a mother of three children and grandmother of four. She started painting in watercolor with Paul George and in oil with David P. Curtis, both award-winning artists on Cape Ann. She currently paints with K. T. Morse in Ipswich. She is a member of Marblehead Arts Association and the Rockport Art Association and Museum. She has exhibited her paintings at the Annisquam Art Gallery, Sawyer Free Library, The Bookstore in Gloucester, and Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester.

Barbara Dowd is a retired pediatrician and mother of six children. Her grandchildren inspired her to write and illustrate a children’s book which was published. Barbara has studied watercolor, drawing, pastels and oil painting. Her interests in gardening and sailing are evident in her paintings of floral and nautical scenes. She is a member of Marblehead Arts Association. She exhibits her work there, the Marblehead Festival of Arts, and the Gold Coast Gallery in Beverly, MA.

Linda Lea Bertrand started painting in watercolor while working as a Nurse Practitioner, teaching skiing and sailing. A chance meeting with the David P. Curtis’s Plein Air Group motivated her to begin oil painting. She has been a plein air painter ever since. She is a member of Marblehead Arts Association, Rockport Art Association, and North Shore Arts Association, where she exhibits. She recently became Director of the Gallery at AdviniaCare, Salem, MA.

“Second Wind – Second Look” will be exhibited at the Virginia A. Carten Gallery at Abbot Public Library from Sunday, February 2nd through Thursday, February 27th. Please join us for the Artists’ Reception on Saturday, February 8th, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

 

TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS

Open Lab
Mondays, February 3rd, 10th and 24th, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Meeting Room (Lower Level)

Do you have a question about your computer or tech gadget? Do you want time to practice where someone can help if you get stuck? Every Monday, join two experienced staff members for one-on-one help with your device. For attendees who are unable to transport their device, there will be several Windows laptops available. Drop by the Meeting Room anytime between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm – registration is not required.

 

Facebook for Beginners
Monday, February 10th, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Meeting Room (Lower Level)

Due to limited space, registration is required. Please sign up at the Main Desk or call 781-631-1481 ext. 201.

Are you familiar with using the internet but unfamiliar with Facebook? Join us at the Abbot Public Library for a beginner’s course where we will teach you everything from signing up for a Facebook account, to adjusting your privacy settings, and posting your first status update. In this one-hour class, attendees will learn how to post comments, find and add friends, upload photos and videos, unfollow and block users, ‘like’ pages, and much more!

This class is suitable for those who are completely new to the Facebook platform. Requirements for the class include: basic computer knowledge, an existing email address to sign up for Facebook, and a computer or device which we ask that you specify upon signing up for this class. There are an additional 11 Windows laptops available for public use. Space is limited and registration is required. Please sign up at the Main Desk or call 781-631-1481 ext. 201.

 

Intro to iPad
Monday, February 24th, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Meeting Room (Lower Level)

Registration is required. Please sign up at the Main Desk or call 781-631-1481 ext. 201.

In this class, we’ll cover some of the basic functions of the Apple iPad. We will explore basic set-up of the device, touch screen gestures, your home screen, managing settings, and privacy, along with taking and sharing photos, messaging, and email. We will also discuss helpful tips for buying a new tablet.

This class is designed for current iPad users, who would like to brush up on their skills, as well as people who are considering purchasing an iPad.

Registration is required. Please sign up at the Main Desk or call 781-631-1481 ext. 201. Attendees are welcome to bring their own devices.

 

MORE ADULT PROGRAMS

“Demystifying Generation Z and Millennials”
Presented by Lesley Tracy, Senior Change Management Consultant
Sunday, February 9th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Have you ever noticed or wondered about the behaviors of people who are in a different generation? Have these behaviors ever caused issues at home or at work?

Lesley Tracy will be presenting “Demystifying Generation Z and Millennials” on Sunday, February 9th at 2:00 pm. Come learn the differences and characteristics between Gen Z (ages 7 to 24) and Millennials (ages 25 to 39), the environmental factors that explain why they are the way they are, and how to motivate and get the most from them. Find out how to improve your cross-generational relationships at work or how to better understand your child or grandchild.

Lesley Tracy has over 25 years of experience as a Senior Change Management Consultant, working with premiere consulting companies such as Accenture, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hewlett Packard, and Infosys. She specializes in assessing organizational cultures to identify practices that impede and support productivity. She is skilled in achieving business results, behavior and cultural insights, and solving pain points with creative and integrative solutions. Lesley holds a BA (magna cum laude) and an MA in Psychology from George Mason University. She also has an MS in Management of Technology (high distinction) from American University.

 

“Poetry Salon” with Claire Keyes on Quincy Troupe
Sunday, February 16th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Marblehead Room (Upper Level)

On Sunday, February 16th the Poetry Salon at the Abbot Public Library will consider the eco-poems of Quincy Troupe.

Born in 1939 in St. Louis, Missouri, Troupe is the son of a baseball player in the Negro baseball leagues. He has been inspired by Miles Davis since he first heard his music as a teenager in St. Louis. In an interview with Douglas Turner, Troupe admitted: “Miles set me on a path to writing and using my imagination and being creative… Because I heard that music, he propelled me into this thing that I do now.”

Troupe’s energetic, highly syncopated poetry “melds contemporary music rhythms–such as rap, jazz, and be-bop–to a furious rush of images, sometimes jarring, arising from personal experience,” according to a review in the Los Angeles Times. He has published numerous books of poems, including Transcircularities: New and Selected Poems (2002); The Architecture of Language (2007), which won the Paterson Award for Sustained Achievement; Errançities (2011); and Seduction (2019). Troupe’s most popular nonfiction works have to do with Miles Davis. His collaboration with Davis, on the book Miles: The Autobiography (1989), won the American Book Award. While not known primarily as an eco-poet, he has composed striking poems about the dangers to the environment. Please join Claire Keyes from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 16th for a lively discussion of Troupe’s contribution to the genre of eco-poetry. The Salon is free and open to the public.

 

Library Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, February 18th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Marblehead Room (Upper Level)

All are invited to the Library’s Book Discussion Group on Tuesday, February 18th at 10:00 am to discuss Jill Santopolo’s More Than Words.

“Nina Gregory has always been a good daughter. Raised by her father, owner of New York City’s glamorous Gregory Hotels, Nina was taught that family, reputation, and legacy are what matter most. And her devoted boyfriend feels the same. But when Nina’s father dies, he leaves behind a secret that shocks Nina to her core. As her world falls apart, Nina begins to see the men in her life – her father, her boyfriend, and unexpectedly, her boss, Rafael – in a new light. A heartbreaking and romantic novel about grief, loss, love, and self-discovery, and how we choose which life we are meant to live.”

 

Long Winter Short Film Festival
Presented by the Marblehead Festival of Arts
Wednesday, February 19th, 6:45 pm
Meeting Room (Lower Level)

Mid-winter blues getting you down? Here is your opportunity for a fun local night out and to see some great films. And it is close by and free!

The evening’s lineup includes pieces that were screened during the 2019 Summer MFoA Short Film Festival as well as additional thought-provoking original short films.

The screening will take place at 6:45 pm on Wednesday, February 19th in the Lower Level Meeting Room of the Library.

Popcorn and drinks will be available to put you in the right movie atmosphere. Admission is free but, as always, donations to the MFoA are welcome!

We have invited the filmmakers to speak and have a Q&A about their films after the 90-minute show.

Film Festival works are intended to show the many ways that film and video can be used as an art form to inform and express. They are not commercial films of the sort that you can find in your standard multiplex. Although some of these works can certainly be enjoyed by children, not all of the films may be understood by them. Parents should review the lineup and decide if the films are appropriate for their younger children.

 

“Continuing Conversations on Race: Slavery in Marblehead? Yes.”
Monday, February 24th, 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, February 24th from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

What is the history of enslavement in Marblehead? After an overview of the research by the Marblehead Racial Justice Team, we will add other facts you may not know. In addition, we will dispel some “common knowledge” history that our research has revealed may be incorrect. For example, there are several stories about the slave ship Desire that was built here in Marblehead – or was it?

Our conversation then moves into smaller groups, where we will discuss your reaction to learning about this town history and what it means to you today as a citizen (or visitor) of Marblehead.

These ongoing conversations are a safe and welcoming place in which we explore our own privilege, biases, and questions, and where 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.

 

“Rumney Marsh Saltmarsh Sparrow Initiative”
Presented by Geoff Wilson, Northeast Restoration; Susan Adamowicz, NFWS; and David Burdick, UNH
Wednesday, February 26th, 7:00 pm
Second Lecture in the 2020 “Underwater in Salem Sound” Lecture Series

If you drive Route 1 or take the commuter train into North Station, you will travel through the Rumney Marshes and pass by the Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary. What do you know about these thousands of acres? Who lives in there?

The saltmarsh sparrow only breeds in saltmarshes. Because of this, it is predicted that without some type of intervention, saltmarsh sparrows will be reproductively extinct by 2042 and extinct by 2050. We will have three experts in salt marsh restoration share their stories about this expansive Area of Critical Environmental Concern. Last season, during a project with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, they rediscovered a forgotten agricultural technique that may have a profound impact on salt marsh migration relative to sea level rise and the availability of habitats for saltmarsh sparrows. The team will share with us how the endangered saltmarsh sparrows are breeding on the historical agricultural embankments and the realm of new management possibilities, not only for the Rumney Marshes, but for every marsh from Cape May to the Canadian Maritimes.

Geoff Wilson of Northeast Wetland Restoration maintains and manages the Wheelabrator Saugus Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, a 370-acre property abutting a 2,274-acre estuary on the outskirts of Boston, located in the heart of the Rumney Marshes ACEC. Maintained and managed grasslands, salt marshes, shrublands and maturing woodlands combine as one of the largest bird migration staging areas on the North Shore and a habitat for nearly 200 bird species, as well as other wildlife such as coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and snakes. Visitors can enjoy the more than 14,000 feet of walking trails that permeate the site, a half-acre exhibit garden, and meeting and lecture areas, which are scattered throughout nine of the restored ecosystems.

Susan Adamowicz, Ph.D., is a Fish and Wildlife Service Land Management Research and Demonstration Biologist and Marsh Ecologist at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. When Sue was asked during a Women’s History Month #ScienceWoman campaign, “If you could have one animal adaptation, what would it be and why,” she replied, “I love salt marshes because I grew up alongside of them, and coastal systems are where things are happening on the natural and human scales. We joke about having “salt marsh super power,” and my favorite would be to walk on mud like a Great Blue Heron.”

Dr. David Burdick is a Research Associate Professor of Coastal Ecology and Restoration in the Department of Natural Resources at the University of New Hampshire, where he has taught wetlands courses over the past twenty years. His study of coastal science spans 35 years, concentrating on coastal ecosystems, assessing human impacts, and planning, implementing and assessing habitat restoration at the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, where he serves as Interim Director. Recently he published a book with Charles Roman to translate and extend lessons learned from tidal restoration of salt marshes in the Northeast US and Canada.

“Underwater in Salem Sound” is jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library. All the lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.salemsound.org.

2020 is the 8th year of the annual “Underwater in Salem Sound” Lecture Series. There will be a total of four lectures in the 2020 series on the following Wednesdays: January 29th, February 26th, March 25th, and April 29th, at 7:00 pm. All the lectures are free and open to the public.

 

FRIENDS OF ABBOT LIBRARY WINTER BOOK SALE
Saturday, February 1st – Tuesday, February 4th

Saturday, February 1st, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm – Open to the Public

Sunday, February 2nd, 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm – Open to the Public

Monday, February 3rd, 10:30 am to 4:00 pm – Open to the Public

Monday, February 3rd, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Bag of Books for $2

Tuesday, February 4th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Clearance Day

 

TEEN PROGRAMS

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CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Fun Day Monday
Mondays, February 3rd, 10th, and 24th, 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, February 3rd, 10th, and 24th
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 ext. 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 ext. 217.

 

Story Time Yoga
Tuesday, February 4th, 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, February 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, 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.

 

Write Right
Wednesdays, February 5th, 12th, and 26th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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

Calling all boys and girls in 2nd or 3rd grade who love to write! This is your chance to get creative and improve your writing skills with fun activities, including Mad Libs, funny writing prompts, group stories, writing games, and more. This class will be taught by seniors at Marblehead High School. It will take place on Wednesdays in February from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Registration is required and those on the waiting list in January will have first priority (10 student maximum).

 

Movers & Shakers
Fridays, February 7th and 14th, 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, February 11th and 25th, 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.

 

Be an Ocean Guardian!
Tuesday, February 11th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

How long does trash last?

Join us for a fun recycling activity with Barbara Roy on Tuesday, February 11th at 3:30 pm. Kids will learn what kinds of trash last and for how long a time, and how to protect sea creatures by keeping that trash out of the ocean. Barbara Roy is a 20-year Marblehead resident who recently crossed the Atlantic on a scientific mission to study micro-plastics. Children are invited to this interactive program, chosen as part of our Green Paws activity series.

Green Paws is an ongoing program developed from the collaboration between the Abbot Public Library and Sustainability Marblehead. Open to all ages, children can participate in Green Paws by reading books on our rotating thematic displays and exploring “green” activities both at the Library and at home. Complete all the Green Paw activities and receive a Sustainable Marblehead Green Paws Certificate!

 

Drop-in Making Valentine Cards
Thursday, February 13th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Kids who would like to make cards from recycled and free materials are invited to drop-in from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm to be ready for Valentine’s Day.

 

Itsy Bitsy Babies and Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Tuesday, February 18th, 10:00 am – 10:45 am

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

 

Music with Dara
Friday, February 21st, 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, February 28th, 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 – JANUARY 2020 EVENTS

Wednesday, January 1st – Friday, January 31st

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:
January 2020 Calendar

 

VIRGINIA A. CARTEN GALLERY

“Studio 301: Four Artists from the Lydia Pinkham Building”
On View: Friday, January 3rd through Thursday, January 30th
Public Reception: Sunday, January 5th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Artists’ Statements

Rolf Flor: “Stirred by the American watercolorists Homer and Sargent, Prendergast and Marin, I have practiced plein air watercolor painting for the past 15 years. I have primarily pursued landscape subjects along the North Shore with varying degrees of abstraction and realism. During the past five years, having joined the artists of Studio 301 at the Lydia Pinkham building, I have added studio work to my practice.

This year I have been working in the studio on landscapes in which I draw on my recent travels to Ireland. I try to reflect my love of Ireland’s rugged northwest counties–from County Clare to County Donegal–in watercolors of varying scale.”

 

Christine Johnson: “In this crazy world where we are surrounded by all kinds of chaos, I use the influence of living near the ocean to try and create an environment that is calm and peaceful. To me, there is something magical and even spiritual that happens in the space where the sky meets the water. Is it liquid, or solid, or something else?

The intention of my painting is to portray a sense of depth by layering washes of color that can take you to a place that, although abstract, looks and feels like water or sky that you can swim or float through as you fall into peaceful contemplation, meditation or reflection.

I don’t always start with a vision in mind of the finished painting. I often start with a color and let it flow where it takes me. I enjoy producing larger size paintings that can fill my field of vision, and that involve my whole body to create, but usually produce small studies on paper first. Over the last couple of years, I have come to realize that I enjoy the small works just as much and that they can stand on their own with the same calming effect.”

 

Patricia Scialo: “My photographic works are created primarily from an intuitive starting point, transforming the subject through light.

With the use of a lens, I start the process of image-making, creating abstract forms that emphasize line and shadow. Through the printmaking process I continue to manipulate the image with various techniques such as hand-applied light-sensitive emulsions, encaustic, and graphite.

Within the imagery I compose, I strive to create depth, giving the viewer the opportunity to look within, pause, and contemplate the subtleties of what lies beneath.”

 

Mary Spitzer: “I work mostly in wood–found logs and lumber, and some newly purchased. Carving in wood constrains me in many ways. The grain can catch my gouge and pull my cut in a certain direction. The light and dark of the grain is often very sensual and interesting but it can distract from the visual power of the volume I am trying to carve.

In representational art, when I work with a volume which was once a tree a superficial sense of recognition and attractiveness can get in the way of the idea I am trying to carve. When I am working abstractly and start out thinking, “I am just fooling around with forms,” an idea often arrives anyway and then I can pursue that.

Constructing from planks and found wood means joining wood in a convincing way so that the result is more than the sum of its parts. Proceeding this way requires planning and seems more intellectual. Carving always seems more risky and intuitive because the interior is hidden from me.

The dynamic interplay of these possibilities and requirements is central to the meaning of my work.”

 

NEW TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS INITIATIVE

The Abbot Public Library is pleased to announce the inauguration of a new series of classes and one-on-one sessions focused on various aspects of technology. To kick off the new decade, we will be offering three programs.

We will begin on Monday, January 6th, with an Open Lab. Experienced and qualified staff will be on-hand to assist with your technology questions. Together, we’ll go step-by-step to ensure that you walk away with a greater understanding of your device than ever before.

We also are excited to present two new hands-on classes, both scheduled for Monday afternoons in January. On Monday, January 13th, our first class will be an introduction to the hugely popular Libby app. The Libby app allows you to check out e-books and e-audiobooks right from the comfort of your phone or tablet. On Monday, January 27th we will have a hands-on workshop introducing you to the world of Microsoft Windows and your PC. Using our 12 brand-new laptops, generously funded by the Second Century Fund, you’ll be invited to delve into the world of computers.

Stay tuned for more details about what else we have in store for the rest of the year 2020. We hope you enjoy these new programs and look forward to seeing you at a workshop or Open Lab in the near future!

 

Open Lab
Monday, January 6th, 13th, and 27th, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Meeting Room (Lower Level)

Do you have a question about your computer or tech gadget? Do you want time to practice where someone can help if you get stuck? On Mondays starting in January, join staff members Morgan and Ryan for one-on-one help with your device. For attendees who are unable to transport their device, there will be several Windows laptops available. Drop by the Meeting Room anytime between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm – registration is not required.

 

Intro to Libby Workshop
Monday, January 13th, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Meeting Room (Lower Level)
Registration is required. Please sign up at the Main Desk or call 781-631-1481 ext. 201

Meet Libby, the app by Overdrive that allows you to borrow free e-books and e-audiobooks instantly with your smart device, desktop computer, or tablet! In this one-hour workshop, attendees will learn how to download Libby, sign in to multiple libraries with one or more cards, search and download titles, and much more. This workshop is open to all audiences, but registration is required. Attendees are asked to bring their library card and device.

 

Intro to PC
Monday, January 27th, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Meeting Room (Lower Level)
Limited to 12 participants. Registration is required. Please sign up at the Main Desk or call 781-631-1481 ext. 201

In this hands-on workshop, you will be introduced to Microsoft Windows and the basics of using a PC. We will discuss best practices for using your computer, how to download and upload, helpful shortcuts, backing up your data, and more. This workshop is free, and laptops will be provided for use during the class. Registration required. Limited to 12.

 

MORE ADULT PROGRAMS

“Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement”
Talk with Barbara Berenson, Author of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers
Tuesday, January 7th, 7:00 pm
Co-hosted by the Marblehead League of Women Voters and the Abbot Public Library

The public is cordially invited to an author’s talk held to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Woman Suffrage on Tuesday January 7th at 7:00 pm at the Abbot Public Library. Author Barbara Berenson, who wrote Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers, will discuss the long road to woman suffrage, the role of Massachusetts women, and why that role has long been ignored. The free program is co-sponsored by the Marblehead League of Women Voters and the Abbot Public Library and is the second of three co-sponsored programs to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

Barbara F. Berenson is the author of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers (2018), Boston in the Civil War: Hub of the Second Revolution (2014), and Walking Tours of Civil War Boston: Hub of Abolitionism (2011, 2014). She is co-editor of Breaking Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts (2012). A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, she retired from her position as Senior Attorney at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in June 2019. She serves on the Boards of Boston By Foot and the Royall House & Slave Quarters.

 

“Poetry Salon” with Claire Keyes on Brenda Hillman
Sunday, January 19th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Marblehead Room (Upper Level)

On Sunday, January 19th, the Poetry Salon will engage with the ecopoetry of Brenda Hillman. One of contemporary American poetry’s most eclectic and formally innovative writers, Brenda Hillman is known for poems that draw on elements of found texts and document personal meditation, observation, and literary theory. She describes herself as “a working mother and grandmother, as someone who is engaged with social justice and environmental issues; I decided early on to cut across aesthetic traditions out of defiance. Writing is an action.”

She is the author of ten poetry collections, including Extra Hidden Life, Among the Days (Wesleyan University Press, 2018). She received the Academy of American Poets Fellowship in 2012 and currently serves as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Please join Claire Keyes at the Abbot Public Library on the 19th of January for a discussion of Hillman’s poetry. The Salon will meet from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and is free and open to the public. Handouts will be available at the Library’s Main Desk and at the Salon.

 

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

Please join us on Tuesday, January 21st at 10:00 am for a discussion of Trevor Noah’s Born A Crime. All are invited to attend!

“Noah’s path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at the time such a union was punishable by five years in prison. As he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist, his mother is determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. With an incisive wit and unflinching honesty, Noah weaves together a moving yet funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time.”

 

“Continuing Conversations on Race: What Is YOUR Vision for Racial Justice?”
Monday, January 27th, 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, January 27th from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

This is the month of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and also the time for New Year’s resolutions. How better to acknowledge them than to have a conversation about our vision for Racial Justice in 2020.

Our conversation will begin with a general discussion of the current state of racial justice in Marblehead and in Massachusetts. Then, in smaller groups, we will discuss what our personal vision for racial justice is, and some actions we will take in 2020 to advance that vision. To conclude, we will share our visions and actions, and perhaps we will hear some ideas that will prompt us to add a few more to our list.

Please join us for an invigorating conversation and some ideas to start this new year of action for racial justice.

These ongoing conversations are a safe and welcoming place in which we explore our own privilege, biases, and 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.

 

“Sea Scallops on Acid”
Presented by Louise Cameron, Ph.D. Candidate for the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences, Northeastern University Marine Science Center
Part of the 2020 “Underwater in Salem Sound” Lecture Series
Wednesday, January 29th, 7:00 pm

All are invited to “Sea Scallops on Acid,” the first lecture of the 2020 “Underwater in Salem Sound” lecture series on Wednesday, January 29th at 7:00 pm at the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St. in Marblehead. Louise Cameron, PhD Candidate for the Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences at the Northeastern University Marine Science Center, will be discussing how rising levels of acidity in the ocean affect sea scallops.

Louise Cameron is a PhD candidate at Northeastern University, where she is studying the impacts of ocean acidification and warming on Atlantic sea scallops and their fishery. Louise got her first taste of Marine Science as a high school student, when she took a job in a local aquarium. After working there for six months, she was allowed to do a try-dive in their shark tank and was ‘hooked’ by the underwater world! This led her to take scuba diving classes and pursue her undergraduate degree in Marine Biology. She is originally from Scotland and did her bachelor’s at the University of St Andrews before moving to Boston to pursue her PhD. Outside of her studies, she enjoys cooking (sometimes with scallops) and playing music, and is still a passionate scuba diver.

Underwater in Salem Sound is jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library. For more information, please visit www.salemsound.org.

2020 is the 8th year of the annual “Underwater in Salem Sound” Lecture Series. There will be a total of four lectures in the 2020 series on the following Wednesdays: January 29th, February 26th, March 25th, and April 29th, at 7:00 pm. All the lectures are free and open to the public.

 

FRIENDS OF ABBOT LIBRARY WINTER BOOK SALE
Saturday, February 1st – Tuesday, February 4th

Saturday, February 1st, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm – Open to the Public

Sunday, February 2nd, 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm – Open to the Public

Monday, February 3rd, 10:30 am to 4:00 pm – Open to the Public

Monday, February 3rd, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Bag of Books for $2

Tuesday, February 4th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Clearance Day

 

TEEN PROGRAMS

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CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Fun Day Monday
Mondays, January 6th, 13th, and 27th, 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, January 6th, 13th, and 27th
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 ext. 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 ext. 217.

 

Story Time Yoga
Tuesday, January 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.

 

Story Time A-Go-Go
Wednesdays, January 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 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.

 

Write Right
Wednesdays, January 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Registration is required. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 781-631-1481 ext. 217.

Calling all boys and girls in 2nd or 3rd grade who love to write! This is your chance to get creative and improve your writing skills with fun activities, including Mad Libs, funny writing prompts, group stories, writing games, and more. This class will be taught by seniors at Marblehead High School. It will take place on Wednesdays in January, beginning on the 8th from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Registration is required (10 student maximum). Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 781-631-1481 ext. 217.

 

CANCELLED FOR JANUARY
Movers & Shakers

Fridays, January 10th, 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 second Friday 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
Tuesdays, January 14th and 28th, 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, January 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 2-5 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 and Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Tuesday, January 21st, 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Registration is required. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 781-631-1481 ext. 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 is 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 ext. 217. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Drop-In Craft
Friday, January 24th, 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.