Judges Needed for the Library's Annual LEGO Expo on Saturday, March 1!

Adult judges with expertise as architects, carpenters, engineers, designers, artists, LEGO experts, etc. are needed for all age groups. Judges may volunteer to judge just one age group, or may volunteer to judge at two or even three age groups. Come witness the awesome creativity of Harvard's children!

Deadline to volunteer to be a judge: Feb. 1

If interested, please contact Abby Kingsbury, Children's Librarian: stop by the Children's Room or call 978-456-2381.


Infant Storytime ~ Mother Goose on the Loose (no sign-up), Ages 0 - 2 and up: Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

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 and Stories for 4's and 5's (7-week session begins Feb. 24, pre-registration required)

Ages 4 and 5-plus: Mondays at 2 p.m.


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. Registration for the next 7-week session begins on Feb. 3; that 7-week session begins on Feb. 24 and runs through April 7. Pre-registration required: Limit of 12 children.

Children's Programs

*Lego Club, Ages 5 and up: Saturday, Jan. 18, from 1:30-3 p.m.

Come have fun building Lego creations with other Harvard Lego fans! Parents are encouraged to join in the fun and assist with supervision. Please see the Children's Librarian for more information and to pre-register.

* Create a Valentine, All Ages: Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

We will have an assortment of wonderful supplies available for children of all ages to create their own valentines to share.

Pre-register by calling the Children's Room.

Family Movie Night! Movie is rated PG, all ages: Friday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m.

We can't tell you the title of the movie here, but here is a clue about this recent animated film: a snail dreams of becoming the fastest snail in the world. Popcorn and water will be served. Please pre-register, so we know how much popcorn to buy!

Lego Expo

Saturday, March 1: 10:30 -11:30 a.m., ages 3 to 5; 12:30-1:30 p.m., ages 6 to 8; 2:30-3:30 p.m., ages 9 to 12 AND Teen Category (13 - 18) and Adult Category (18+)

Don't miss the library's 6th Annual Lego Expo! Participants bring constructions of their own design to the Expo to share with others and to be judged. Please pre-register in the Children's Room; construction guidelines available in the Children's Room. Due to space limitations, the Lego Expo is open only to Harvard residents and children who attend school in Harvard. Snow date for the Expo is Saturday, March 15.

Game Hour and Chess Club, Grades 3 to 6: Thursdays from 4-5 p.m.

This drop-in, after school program for children in grades 3 to 6 is facilitated by teen volunteers. Play an assortment of great games, including Set, Scrabble, Mille Bornes, Apples to Apples, Slamwich, Quiddler, Hoopla, and, of course, Chess!

Bagels n' books Group for third-graders: Monday, Feb. 3, from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

Bagels n' books Group for fourth-graders: Monday, Jan. 27, from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

Bagels n' books Group for fifth-graders: Monday, Feb. 10, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. (Group A) and Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. (Group B)

Bagels n' books Group for sixth-graders: Monday, Jan. 27 from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

The third-grade book is: Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie Julie Sternberg. The fourth-grade book is "The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate. The fifth-grade book is "The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart. The sixth-grade book is "A Tale Dark and Grimm" by Adam Gidwitz.

Join this once-monthly book group for a lively book discussion and a yummy snack of bagels and 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 and to pre-register.

Teen Programs

Teen book Groups: Grades 7 - 9 ~ Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and Grades 10 -12 ~ Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

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.

Teen Program ~ Duct Tape Craft, Grades 6 and up: Thursday, Jan. 23, at 2:45 p.m.

Early release movie for Bromfield students, movie is rated PG-13: Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 12:30 p.m.

Teen Program ~ Valentine's Day Cookies, Grades 6 and up: Thursday, Feb. 13, at 2:45 p.m.

Teen Program ~ Winter Treats Workshop, Grades 6 and up: Thursday, Feb. 27, at 2:45 p.m.

Adult Programs

The Brown Bag book Club is held the third Wednesday of every month at noon. Drop-ins are welcome!

Harvard Great Books Discussion Group

Great books meets in the Conference Room monthly on Thursday night at 7 p.m. Hope to see you then: Jan. 23; Feb. 27; March 27; April 24; May 22.

Digital Day

Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is Digital Day at the Harvard Public Library.

Have a new eReader, Tablet or Smartphone?

Bring your eReader, Smartphone or Tablet to the library and learn how to access eBooks, eAudiobooks and other digital resources. Staff will be on hand to demonstrate and help you with your digital questions and devices.

With over 40,000 eBook and eAudiobook titles, the Library has something for everyone!