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Infant Storytime ~ Mother Goose on the Loose (no sign-up) - Ages 0 - 2: Thursday, June 20 at 10:30
Summer schedule for the Infant Storytime will be: Thursdays at 10:30 from July 11 through August 8
Mother Goose on the Loose is an early literacy program that uses rhymes and songs to help pre-reading children get ready for reading. It incorporates music, movement, ritual, repetition, positive reinforcement, developmental tips, nursery rhymes, illustrations, puppets, musical instruments, colored scarves, and book reading into a fun-filled 45 minute session for infants to 2-year-olds and caregivers (older siblings also welcome). Ask to be put on the email list for last minute schedule changes.
Art & Stories for 4's & 5's (no sign-up required) - Ages 4 & 5 and up: Thursday, June 20 at 2:00
Summer schedule for Art & Stories will be: Tuesdays at 10:30, July 2 through August 13
This 30 to 45 minute program, appropriate for children ages 4 to 7, begins with a few longer picturebook stories, then ends with a process art project that encourages preschoolers to explore art materials in an open-ended, creative manner. Some weeks we'll also have storytelling with the library's puppets or feltboard stories - stories told with felt pieces!
Family Movie Night! Movie is Rated PG - All Ages: Friday, June 21 at 6:30 PM
We can't tell you the title of the movie here, but here are some clues: This recently released animated film is about an astronaut who finds himself caught in a trap when he responds to an SOS from an alien planet.
Ice Cream Social - Summer Reading Kickoff! - Tuesday, June 25 at 3:00 PM
Come make your own yummy sundaes, socialize with friends, and enjoy fun activities, including: face painting, paper airplane making, sidewalk chalk art, and bubble blowing. Volunteers needed to help with activities - please sign up to volunteer in the Children's Room. Two rain dates are scheduled: Wednesday, June 26 & Thursday, June 27. Ice Cream Social attendees are encouraged to bring their own non-disposable bowls, cups, & spoons. As in the past, the library will also still provide disposable bowls, cups & spoons. Please, PLEASE pre-register for the Ice Cream Social (preferably at least a week ahead), both so we can provide enough sweet treats for all, and also so that we can notify you if we need to use a rain date. Call the Children's Room at (978) 456 - 2381 to pre-register.
Eat My Dust! with Charlie the Noise Guy - All Ages: Wednesday, July 3 at 3:00 PM
A dirt bike, a bulldozer, a monster truck and a kid with a shovel. What do they all have in common? They are noisy and like to play in the mud! Charlie Williams is an underground comic and a vocal sound impressionist, better known as "the Noiseguy." He is a mud-slingin', noise-makin' kids comedian! He'll take you on an audio off-road adventure to get down to the nitty gritty. You won't believe your ears! See the story of Henry Ford's first car race! Learn to imitate a dirt bike and a monster truck! Marvel at a true master of seismic shenanigans! Fun for the whole family. Please pre-register.
Earth Rhythms with Davis Bates and Roger Tincknell - All Ages: Wednesday, July 10 at 3:00 PM
Parents' Choice Award winning performers Davis Bates & Roger Tincknell will present this participatory program of stories and songs for all ages. Earth Rhythms: Stories and Songs for the Whole Earth celebrates reading while exploring the diversity and wonder of the natural world. This lively concert includes songs about gardening, nature and environmental awareness, just so stories, creation myths and more. Hear how the bear missed the train, how coyote got his howl, and be prepared to sing, move and dance. There will even be a short lesson on how to play the spoons and an appearance by a dancing wooden dog named Bingo. Please pre-register. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Harvard Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Family Movie Night! Movie is Rated PG - All Ages: Thursday, July 11 at 6:30 PM
We can't tell you the title of the movie here, but here are some clues: This recently released film is based on a popular series of books about a kid and his journal. Popcorn and water will be served. Please pre-register, so we know how much popcorn to buy!
Bagels n' Books Group for 3rd Graders: No summer meeting; ask children's librarian about fall meetings
Bagels n' Books Group for 4th Graders: Tuesday, July 2 from 4:00 to 4:45 PM
Bagels n' Books Group for 5th Graders: Monday, July 1 from 4 to 4:45 PM
Bagels n' Books Group for 6th Graders: Monday, July 8 from 4 to 4:45 PM
Join this once-monthly book group (which meets one time in the summer) for a lively book discussion and a yummy snack of bagels & cream cheese. Book group members should read all of the book prior to the group meeting. Sign up for a book group, and we will request for you a copy of the book we will be discussing. New members are welcome ~ spaces are limited for some groups. Please call the Children's Room for more information & to pre-register.
Teen Book Groups: Grades 7 - 9 ~ Tuesday, July 9 from 4:30 - 5:30
The Teen Book Groups meet on one Tuesday a month; refreshments are served. Book group members should read all of the book prior to the group meeting. Sign up for the book group, and we will request for you a copy of the book we will be discussing. New members are always welcome ~ please pre-register.
The Brown Bag Book Club is held the third Wednesday of every month at noon. Drop-ins are welcome! The next meeting will be held on June 19th at Fruitlands for lunch to discuss upcoming summer reading books.
Books at Home
The Friends of the Harvard Public Library will deliver books and other Library materials to homebound Harvard and Still River patrons. To sign up, please complete a Registration Form. To have a form sent to you, please call the library at (978) 456-4114.