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 – AUGUST 2019 EVENTS

Thursday, August 1st – Saturday, August 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

“Local Inspiration: Cityscapes, Seascapes, and Sepia”
Paintings by Janet Schwartz
On View: Monday, August 5th, through Thursday, August 29th

Public Reception: Tuesday, August 6th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Janet Schwartz also will be offering a workshop, “Simple Techniques to Release Your Inner Artist,” on Thursday, August 22nd, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. (Please see separate event description, below.)

Artwork by Janet Schwartz will be displayed in the Abbot Public Library’s Virginia A. Carten Gallery from Monday, August 5th, through Thursday, August 29th. All are invited to a public reception on Tuesday, August 6th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Artist Statement: “Last year, after living in Metro-West MA for decades, I moved to the North Shore. This exhibit documents my experience living in a new town and my new (and old) inspirations: cityscapes, seascapes, and old sepia photos.

Throughout my art career, I have been drawn to the energy and boldness of cityscapes. That has not changed. Living on the coast, my occasional interest in boats and seascapes has naturally exploded–every day, the local landscape holds drama for me. There’s one more new inspiration for me: an interest in painting vintage family photos that I have collected, going back generations. This interest was fueled by my discovery of a bin of old photos in a vintage store in Salem. I loved the stories these reference photos suggested.

Although diverse in subject matter, these paintings are all images from my daily explorations and serve as a visual journal, documenting my spin on my new world.”

Janet Schwartz is a life-long educator with a passion for painting and a degree in Art Education. For many years, she worked in education in the corporate world, putting off her artistic interests while she raised a family, went back to school, and worked full-time as a corporate trainer. Five years ago, she had her first solo show, “Inspired Works,” which included paintings from her work environment–office buildings, conference rooms, offices, and traffic–all very bold and with dramatic light. This is where her love of painting traffic and urban landscapes began and consequently led to her leaving a full-time job to have more time to paint. She currently devotes most of her time to teaching art, doing demos, and creating and exhibiting award-winning paintings throughout New England.

Janet is a signature member of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod and a member of the Copley Society of Art, the Pastel Society of America, Concord Art Association, Marblehead Arts Association, Connecticut Pastel Society, Pastel Society of New Hampshire and others.

A full gallery of her work can be seen on her website.

 

Cooking Class of Traditional Korean Cuisine
Presented by the Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project
Sunday, August 4th, 1:30 pm
Meeting Room (Lower Level)

Registration is required for this program, due to limited seating and so the proper number of meals can be prepared! Please sign up at the Library’s Main Desk, or call 781-631-1481 Ex. 201 to reserve a seat by Thursday, August 1st.

Please note: The Library is CLOSED for regular services on Sundays during the Summer and will be open only for this event, on Sunday, August 4th. Entry will be through the back door, near the parking lot off of Maverick Street.

The Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project will be returning to the Abbot Public Library on Sunday, August 4th to give the Marblehead community a taste of Korean culture in a cooking demonstration!

The program will include the demonstration of four Korean dishes, after which a full home-cooked Korean meal will be served with the traditional table setting in Bangjja bronzeware, followed by the screening of a short film on Korean culture. Recipes and other complimentary books on Korean history and culture will be handed out.

The Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project (KSCPP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to raising awareness of Korean history and culture. In appreciation for the United States’ support for Korea during the Korean War and in the years that followed, since 2009, KSCPP has held over 1,800 presentations about the history and culture of Korea throughout the country.

For more information, please visit the KSCPP website.

Abbot Public Library is committed to offering its programs free of charge, so that all programs are available to all members of the community. Because of the special nature of this program, and particularly the cost of providing food for both the cooking demonstrations and the full home-cooked Korean meals which will be served to all attendees, a donation of $6.00 is encouraged.

 

“Continuing Conversations on Race: What is “Black Enough”?
Monday, August 19th, 7:00 pm
Co-sponsored by the Marblehead Racial Justice Team and the Abbot Public Library
Meeting Room (Lower Level)

Abbot Public Library and the Marblehead Racial Justice Team will be hosting “Continuing Conversations on Race” at the Library on Monday, August 19th at 7:00 pm.

In black enuf*, Carrie Hawks recalls her journey for acceptance as a mixed-race person. Hawks brings in other attributes in addition to her blackness, and her story leaves many questions unanswered. After watching the video, we will explore these questions, discuss how cultural norms can create boundaries for inclusion and exclusion, where we see it happening in our lives, and share ideas about how we might address them, for ourselves and for others.

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.

 

Library Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, August 20th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Marblehead Room (Upper Level)

The Library Book Discussion Group will be meeting on Tuesday, August 20th at 10:00 am to discuss Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kreuger. All are welcome!

When tragedy unexpectedly comes to call on his family, which includes his Methodist minister father, his passionate, artistic mother, Juilliard-bound older sister, and wise-beyond-his-years kid brother; Frank finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal. On the surface, Ordinary Grace is the story of the murder of a beautiful young woman, a beloved daughter and sister. At heart, it’s the story of what that tragedy does to a boy, his family, and ultimately the fabric of the small town in which he lives.

 

Simple Techniques to Release Your Inner Artist
A Workshop with Artist Janet Schwartz
Thursday, August 22nd, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Registration is required for this program, as there is limited seating. Please visit the Library’s Main Desk or call 781-631-1481 Ex. 201.

Artist and Art Educator Janet Schwartz designed the “Release Your Inner Artist” program as a practical strategy for getting beginners started on painting or, for experienced painters, taking a fresh approach. In this unique and fun program, we use pastels to create work that explores value and composition. Janet guides students to apply the concepts with demonstrations, individualized coaching, and hands-on practice. The classes are energetic, highly interactive, and individualized to student needs, and participants leave with a work they’ve created. Most students are inspired then to continue painting long after the program ends.

All materials will be provided by the instructor.

 

ALL AGES SUMMER READING CHALLENGE
Starting Friday, June 14th

We’re going to find out how many books Abbot Public Library users can read this summer!

For every book logged, we’ll add a piece to the puzzle. The goal is to finish by the end of August!

It’s easy! Just read or listen to books like you normally would. When you visit the library, fill out a reading log and return it to the Librarian. Kids 6th grade and under should fill out a log in the Children’s Room, and anyone 7th grade to adult should fill out a log on the main floor.

Then watch the picture appear as we read!

 

TEEN PROGRAMS

Follow the Teen Instagram page @AbbotLibraryTeens!

 

Teen Summer Library Program
Starting Friday, June 14th

Teens entering grades 7-12 are invited to take part in our Summer Library Program starting on Friday, June 14th. It’s low-key and low-pressure, designed to fit around busy summer schedules. Take-And-Make Crafts will be available in the Teen Corner, and every time you check out books there’s a new chance to win a prize! Teens are also encouraged to take part in our All Ages Summer Reading Challenge as part of Team AdulTeen.

 

SCHOOL SUMMER READING

Required Summer Reading books for students entering grades 7-12 are available in the Teen Corner starting on Friday, June 14th. Please note that Summer Reading books are limited to 3 per patron, not renewable, and first come/first serve.

 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Montessori in the Morning
Mondays, August 5th and 19th, 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 with Dara
Wednesdays, August 7th and 14th, 10:30 am – 11:15 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.

 

Drop-in Craft
Fridays, August 9th, 16th, and 23rd, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Children of all ages are invited to come and complete a craft and socialize. We will have 2 crafts for kids to complete and take home.

 

Bedtime Stories & Songs with Dara
Monday, August 12th, 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

*The program will be held outdoors in the “Secret Garden.” In case of bad weather, it will be held in the Meeting Room.

Join early childhood music specialist Dara VanRemoortel for a summer bedtime story and songs. the program will include an assortment of songs, rhythmic activities, creative movement, simple instrument playing, and lots of imagination. We hope you can join us! We will be meeting in the garden if it is nice, and the Children’s Room if it isn’t. Feel free to bring children in pajamas and with a stuffed toy if they want! Bring a blanket for if we are outside. The program is designed for ages 2-5. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Last Day of Children’s Summer Reading Program
Friday, August 16th, Drop-in 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Children who recorded their reading during the summer may complete their logs, retrieve those they passed in previously, get their last prizes, and get a free ice cream cup at any time between 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. We will be counting up the most books read by kids participating this summer, and will select children by raffle in three age categories to receive a book certificate prize.

 

Itsy Bitsy Babies & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Tuesday, August 20th, 10:00 am – 10:45 am

This is a story/playgroup program for children from 3 months to 24 months. The meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of each month. The program will be led by Chrissy Ierardi, and designed to provide socialization and songs. This playgroup is limited in size, so registration is required. Sign up in the Children’s Room or call 781-631-1481 Ex 217. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 


 

MARBLEHEAD PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUGGESTED SUMMER READING LISTS

We also have available the recommended and required reading lists for several grades of Marblehead public schools in the Children’s Room. Children and teens are encouraged to visit the Library and finish their School Summer Reading before the start of school.

 

CHILDREN’S 2019 SUMMER READING PROGRAM
Monday, June 24th – Friday, August 16th

This year’s state-wide summer reading theme is “The Summer of Space.” This summer is the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, and we hope children will be inspired to explore a “universe” of reading! Our events, decorations, and activities will support the theme.

The Children’s Summer Reading Program is open to all children, readers and pre-readers, ages 3-12.

Registration begins Monday, June 24th, and when they register, children receive their first reading log. On their reading logs, kids write on each line the name of the book they read or had read to them. Each log has room for 10 books, and there are 5 logs available for children to complete for the summer. We will also have space-themed science experiment sheets to take home. Each one completed will count as a book on a child’s reading log if they wish. In addition, children will be helping to complete a sticker mural, which is displayed across from the Library’s Main Desk, with one sticker for each book read.

When each log is completed, children receive a sticker on the log and then receive a free gift certificate or event/institution voucher donated by businesses or individuals. We keep the logs until the last day.

At the end of the Summer Reading Program on Friday, August 16th, we finish giving out prizes for completed logs and will have an ice cream giveaway for all participants.

*Call the Children’s Room at 781-631-1481 Ex. 217 for details on all Children’s programs.

 


 

** Studies show that, regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic level, or previous achievement, children who read four or more books over the summer fare better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books over the summer. **

 


 

*** The Marblehead Public Schools’ recommended summer reading books will be available in the Children’s Room throughout the summer. The lists of recommended books will be available starting June 17th. ***

 



 

ABBOT PUBLIC LIBRARY – JULY 2019 EVENTS

Monday, July 1st – Wednesday, July 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:
July 2019 Calendar

 

VIRGINIA A. CARTEN GALLERY

“Marblehead and Beyond: An Artist’s Reflections”
Paintings by Corinne Commoss-Abercrombie
On View: Monday, July 1st through Tuesday, July 30th
Public Reception: Friday, July 5th, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Corinne Commoss-Abercrombie, a palette knife artist, will be displaying her work in the Virginia A. Carten Gallery at Abbot Public Library from Monday, July 1st through Tuesday, July 30th. A Public Reception will take place on Friday, July 5th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

The exhibit’s title is “Marblehead and Beyond: An Artist’s Reflections” and will include palette knife paintings in oil, mostly landscapes and seascapes of local Marblehead and the surrounding areas, as well as a few other subjects.

Corinne Commoss-Abercrombie began painting early in life, but started studying art more seriously after completing her graduate degree in Counseling. During her career life, she fit art in whenever possible. Her last years of employment in education were as an art teacher in elementary and middle school. “I love children’s art,” Corinne says, as well as enjoying many artists/illustrators of children’s books.

In the past two years, Corinne has painted in the Strada Easel Challenges, painting a new painting every day, mostly outdoors, and has found these exercises helped her development as a painter.

 

Marblehead Festival of Arts Film Festival Redux
Saturday, July 6th, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

The premiere screening of the 2019 Film Festival will be an outdoor event at Crocker Park, on Wednesday, July 3rd at 9:00 pm.

There will be a repeat showing of all the films on Saturday, July 6th at 10:30 am in the Abbot Public Library’s lower level Meeting Room. More details and a full listing of the short films can be found here.

 

Marblehead Festival of Arts Literary Festival
Saturday, July 6th, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Meeting Room (Lower Level)

New York Times and international bestselling author Jenna Blum will headline the Marblehead Festival of Arts’ literary events on Saturday, July 6th at 2:00 pm at the Abbot Public Library. Her debut novel, Those Who Save Us, won the Harold Ribalow Prize, awarded by Hadassah Magazine and adjudged by Elie Wiesel in 2005, and has been a favorite of book clubs both here and abroad. Her most recent novel, The Lost Family, has just appeared in paperback.

There will be a question-and-answer session following Jenna Blum’s presentation, and copies of her books will be available for sale and signing.

Jenna Blum is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the novels Those Who Save Us (Harcourt, 2002), The Stormchasers (Dutton, 2010), and The Lost Family (Harper Collins, 2018); the novella “The Lucky One” in the collection Grand Central (Berkeley/ Penguin, 2014); and the audiobook course The Writer At Work: The Art of Writing Fiction (Recorded Books, 2014). Jenna is also one of Oprah’s Top 30 Women Writers.

Jenna is based in Boston, where she has taught fiction and master novel workshops at Grub Street Writers since the school’s founding in 1997. She earned her MA in Creative Writing from Boston University, where she taught Creative Writing and Journalism and was the Fiction Editor for AGNI Literary Magazine. A professional public speaker, Jenna has traveled nationally and internationally to speak at universities, libraries, events, and book clubs. She has written the screenplay for Those Who Save Us, currently under option, and is working on her fourth novel. To learn more about Jenna, please visit www.jennablum.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

“Ride”: Live Concert Performed by Marc Berger & Band
Wednesday, July 10th, 7:00 pm
“Secret Garden” (rain location: Adjacent Lower Level Meeting Room)

Folk Music Composer and Performer Marc Berger will be coming to the Abbot Public Library with his band (two guitarists, a bass player, and a percussionist), to present a concert of songs from his recent release, Ride, in the Library’s “Secret Garden,” off of Maverick St.

The concert will begin at 7:00 pm. In the event of unsuitable weather, the concert will take place in the adjacent lower level Meeting Room.

At this special concert, Marc, accompanied by the Ride Band, will perform songs from the album and tell stories about his experiences as an easterner in the mountain and desert West. Hear tracks, watch video, get the backstory at www.marcbergermusic.com.

Marc Berger has toured nationally, performing solo and with his band. He has performed at Austin’s South X Southwest Music Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival, and has opened shows for Bob Dylan and other national acts. His song “The Last One” was a staple of Richie Havens concerts.

Marc has extensively explored the American West, venturing into remote regions of its deserts and mountains. On one such excursion, he discovered The Big It by A. B. Guthrie on a revolving bookrack in a Navajo reservation trading post. This impressive collection of Western short stories ignited the idea of using his travels to create a set of songs in the cultural tradition of like-minded American artists like John Ford, Guthrie, and Frederick Remington, celebrating the West’s exotic landscape and timeless appeal. The collection of songs on Ride is the result of this discovery.

 

“Continuing Conversations on Race: What About Reparations?”
Monday, July 15th, 7:00 pm
Co-sponsored by the Marblehead Racial Justice Team and the Abbot Public Library
Meeting Room (Lower Level)

Abbot Public Library and the Marblehead Racial Justice Team are hosting “Continuing Conversations on Race” at the Library on Monday, July 15th from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Talk of reparations seems to focus primarily on money. How much? Who? When? And it’s so complex and controversial it seems unsolvable and becomes a barrier to further conversation.

This month we will begin with a discussion about some of the alternative ideas about reparations and come up with some approaches to making reparations that we can do something about. We’ll answer the question: How many ways can we make reparations both individually and in the system?

For example, supporting education about Black History in Marblehead Schools is systemic. Speaking up at school committee meetings about racial incidents or hosting a METCO student is individual.

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, July 16th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Marblehead Room (Upper Level)

Join us on Tuesday, July 16th at 10:00 am for a discussion on New York Times bestselling author Lisa See’s latest book, The Island of Sea Women, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island.

The Island of Sea Women is an epoch set over many decades, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by World War II, the Korean War and its aftermath, through the era of cell phones and wet suits for the women divers. Throughout this time, the residents of Jeju find themselves caught between warring empires. Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, and she will forever be marked by this association. Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother’s position leading the divers in their village. Little do the two friends know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point.

 

“Spark Joy: The KonMari Method of Organizing”
Presented by Jamie Berg
Tuesday, July 16th, 7:00 pm
Meeting Room (Lower Level)

Do you have too much stuff? Would you like to manage all your stuff with ease? In this short presentation on the KonMari Method (a way to organize that is focused on increasing joy), learn why people are motivated to use this method, developed by Marie Kondo, and get an overview of how you, too, can create a space that brings you joy. Jamie Berg has completed the training course from KonMari and can help you learn more about why so many people are doing this, and how you can organize your home to spark joy.

Jamie Berg is a KonMari enthusiast. She loves helping people go through the KonMari process. She lives in Marblehead and enjoys brownies, dogs, and hostas, though not all at once.

 


 

ALL AGES SUMMER READING CHALLENGE
Starting Friday, June 14th

How many books can we read this summer? Let’s find out! For every book logged during Summer Reading, we’ll add a piece to the puzzle. The goal is to finish by the end of August! There’s a challenge for kids (birth-entering 6th grade) in the Children’s Room and one for Team AdulTeen (entering 7th grade – adult) on the Main Floor. To participate, all you need to do is fill out a reading log and return it to a Librarian. Visit the Library to get started!

 

FRIENDS OF ABBOT PUBLIC LIBRARY

Pop-Up Sale on the Lawn
Saturday, July 27th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Friends of the Library will be having a pop-up book sale on Saturday, July 27th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on the lawn at Abbot Public Library. All paperbacks and Children’s books will be $1, plus a selection of special books will be available at discount prices. Come enjoy summer reading by adding to your collection!

 

TEEN PROGRAMS

Follow the Teen Instagram page @AbbotLibraryTeens!

 

Teen Summer Library Program
Starting Friday, June 14th

Teens entering grades 7-12 are invited to take part in our Summer Library Program starting on Friday, June 14th. It’s low-key and low-pressure, designed to fit around busy summer schedules. Take-And-Make Crafts will be available in the Teen Corner, and every time you check out books there’s a new chance to win a prize! Teens are also encouraged to take part in our All Ages Summer Reading Challenge as part of Team AdulTeen.

 

SCHOOL SUMMER READING
Books Available Starting Friday, June 14th

Required Summer Reading books for students entering grades 7-12 will be available in the Teen Corner starting on Friday, June 14th. Please note that Summer Reading books are limited to 3 per patron, not renewable, and first come/first serve.

 

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Yoga Story Time with Lindsey Kravitz
Tuesday, July 2nd, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Come join instructor Lindsey Kravitz for a fun yoga story time with songs, books, poses, and quiet time. The program is 30 minutes and works well for babies, toddlers, and preschool-aged children accompanied by their caregivers. Mini mats are provided for the children. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Fun Day Monday Playgroup
Mondays, July 8th, 15th, and 22nd, 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.

 

Music with Dara
Wednesday, July 10th, 10:15 am – 11:00 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 old. 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, July 12th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Children of all ages are invited to come and complete a craft and socialize. We will have two crafts for kids to complete and take home.

 

Bedtime Stories & Songs with Dara
Monday, July 15th, 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
“Secret Garden” (rain location: Adjacent Lower Level Meeting Room)

The program will be held outdoors in the “Secret Garden.” In case of bad weather, it will be held in the Meeting Room.

Join early childhood music specialist Dara VanRemoortel for a summer bedtime story and songs. the program will include an assortment of songs, rhythmic activities, creative movement, simple instrument playing, and lots of imagination. We hope you can join us! We will be meeting in the garden if it is nice, and the Children’s Room if it isn’t. Feel free to bring children in pjs and with a stuffed toy if they want! Bring a blanket for if we are outside. The program is designed for ages 2-5. This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

 

Itsy Bitsy Babies & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Tuesday, July 16th, 10:00 am – 10:45 am

This is a story/playgroup program for children from 3 months to 24 months old. Itsy Bitsy Babies & Terrific Toddlers Playgroup 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, July 19th, 10:30 am -11:30 am

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.

 

Drop-In Craft
Friday, July 26th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Our craft for this day will reflect our Summer Reading Program theme of “Stories in Space.” We will have lots of different materials out for kids to imagine and create their own “space ships.” All children are invited.

 

Montessori in the Morning
Monday, July 29th, 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.

 


 

MARBLEHEAD PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUGGESTED SUMMER READING LISTS

We also have available the recommended and required reading lists for several grades of Marblehead public schools in the Children’s Room. Children and teens are encouraged to visit the Library and finish their School Summer Reading before the start of school.

 


 

CHILDREN’S 2019 SUMMER READING PROGRAM
Monday, June 24th – Friday, August 16th

This year’s state-wide summer reading theme is “The Summer of Space.” This summer is the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, and we hope children will be inspired to explore a “universe” of reading! Our events, decorations, and activities will support the theme.

The Children’s Summer Reading Program is open to all children, readers and pre-readers, ages 3-12.

Registration begins Monday, June 24th, and when they register, children receive their first reading log. On their reading logs, kids write on each line the name of the book they read or had read to them. Each log has room for 10 books, and there are 5 logs available for children to complete for the summer. We will also have space themed science experiment sheets to take home. Each one completed will count as a book on a child’s reading log if they wish. In addition, children will be completing a room sticker mural with one sticker for each book read.

When each log is completed, children receive a sticker on the log and then receive a free gift certificate or event/institution voucher donated by businesses or individuals. We keep the logs until the last day.

At the end of the Summer Reading Program on Friday, August 16th, we finish giving out prizes for completed logs and will have an ice cream give away for all participants. Keep watching for the following upcoming summer events:

July & August Events

  • Yoga Story Time
  • Montessori in the Morning
  • ‘Baby & Toddler Story Time
  • Drop-in craft days, playtime, and games, all ages
  • Bedtime Stories & Songs with Dara

*Call the Children’s Room at 781-631-1481 Ex. 217 for details on all Children’s programs.

 


 

** Studies show that, regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic level, or previous achievement, children who read four or more books over the summer fare better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books over the summer. **

 


 

*** The Marblehead Public Schools’ recommended summer reading books will be available in the Children’s Room throughout the summer. The lists of recommended books will be available starting June 17th. ***