Infant Storytime ~ Mother Goose on the Loose (no sign-up) - Ages 0 - 2

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

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!

Children's Programs

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!

Book Gobblers - Grades 1 through 5: Mondays, July 15 & 22 from 3:00 to 3:30 PM

Book Gobblers is the library's story program for older kids only - younger children not allowed! Come listen to selections from excellent chapter books, poetry by favorite poets, and explore longer picture books for older readers. Drop-in.

One Sky, Many Stories - Ages 5 and up: Tuesday, July 16 ~ 4 half-hour sessions, starting at: 2:00, 2:45, 3:30 & 4:15 PM

Starlab, an inflatable indoor planetarium from the Museum of Science, will be coming to the library! People around the world have interpreted the night sky for centuries, creating a rich collection of constellations and star stories. Using the portable planetarium, children will tour the solar system and beyond while learning useful tips to navigate this evening's sky and different cultural explanations for the cosmos. Only 25 people may attend each session. Please pre-register for only one session. All children under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the Rollstone Charitable Foundation.

Nature of My Backyard - All Ages: Thursday, July 18 at 3:00 PM

Come meet some real native animals and learn more about the animals that live in your backyard. Rick from Creature Teachers will bring several animals to the library, including a gray fox, flying squirrel, woodchuck, milksnake, porcupine, fisher, snapping turtle, and painted turtle. As you meet the animals, Rick will tell us more about the lives of some of the common animals that we encounter every day. Please pre-register.

Circus Minimus: One-Man Circus in-a-Suitcase - All Ages: Tuesday, July 23 at 3:00 PM

Don't miss this enthralling, whimsical celebration of the imagination! From Kevin O'Keefe's suitcase an entire circus emerges: tent, band, lights, the boisterous ringmaster Steve Fitzpatrick, the officious Mervin Merkle, the incredible Bumbilini Family, the Magician to the Stars Clyde Zerbini, and Keefer - an innocent trying to run away and join the circus.  However, the most important performers emerge from the audience. Each performance becomes a dialogue between the characters and the audience - a light-hearted collaboration. This show has been performed over 500 times around the globe, for family theater audiences and school assemblies alike. Please pre-register.

Lego Club - Ages 5 and up: Wednesday, July 24 and Mondays, July 29 & August 5 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM

Bring your own Lego bricks & have fun building Lego creations with other Harvard Lego fans! Please pre-register.

Family Movie Night! Movie is Rated G - All Ages: Thursday, July 25 at 6:30 PM

Popcorn and water will be served. Please pre-register, so we know how much popcorn to buy!

Yo-Yo People - All Ages: Thursday, August 1 at 3:00 PM

Who would have thought you could make an entire show out of yo-yos? This husband and wife duo bring back that nostalgic toy, reminding you of old favorite tricks such as Walk the Dog and Rock the Baby, then amazing you with new and bizarre tricks, such as Boingy-Boingy and Iron Whip. Yo-yos attached to bouncy balls, yo-yos with 10-foot strings, and multiple yo-yos looping while hula hooping and unicycling are just some of their finely tuned feats. High skill and deft timing to swingin' music coupled with high energy and sarcastic humor make the Yo-Yo People a favorite for every age. As seen on David Letterman, they hold 3 Guinness World Records, a 2008 Yo-Yo World Champion title, and have performed in 25 different countries. * Weather permitting, this program will take place outdoors to a crowd of unlimited size. BUT, in the case of rain, seating will be indoors & limited, and pre-registration will be required for admission. Please pre-register! *

Bagels n' Books Group for 3rd Graders: No summer meeting; ask children's librarian about fall meetings

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 Programs

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.

Thursday Night at the Movies - Recent movies geared to Teens & Adults:

All movies are rated PG-13:

Thursday, July 18 at 6:30 PM - Drop-in ~ no pre-registration required

Thursday, August 1 at 6:30 PM - Drop-in ~ no pre-registration required

Questions about Thursday Night at the Movies? Call the Reference Desk at (978) 456 - 4114.