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

Monday, June 16 and Thursday, June 19 at 10:30

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.

Summer schedule for the Infant Storytime will be: Thursdays at 10:30 from July 10 through August 7

Children's Programs

Family Movie Night! Movie is Rated PG - All Ages: Friday, June 20 at 6:30 PM

We can't tell you the title of the movie here, but here is a clue: this recent animated film features a very popular building brick toy. Popcorn and water will be served. Please pre-register, so we know how much popcorn to buy!

Ice Cream Social ~ Summer Reading Kickoff! - All Ages: Tuesday, June 24 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 25 & Thursday, June 26. 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.

Toe Jam Puppet Band - All Ages: Wednesday, July 2 at 3:00 PM

Popular local favorite Toe Jam Puppet Band is coming to Harvard! Toe Jam offers children's entertainment that families can enjoy together. The unique musical performances are very interactive and theatrical. Audience members of all ages are encouraged to sing and dance along with Toe Jam as they entertain with a unique combination of original songs and interactive storytelling. Get ready for a Car Wash, watch out for the Flying Laundry and be prepared to laugh with glee, Toe Jam style! This show promises to provide quality time laughing together with your family and friends! Please pre-register.

This program is sponsored by The Harvard Public Library Trust.

Eureka! Science Stories - All Ages: Tuesday, July 8 at 3:00 PM

Mark Binder - author, story performer, nice guy - will be presenting his special collection of science stories to go with this summer's theme of Fizz, Boom, READ! Mark is a dynamic and funny author and story performer who also occasionally sings a song. Listeners of all ages will enjoy this program, which will keep summer readers laughing and engaged with a fizzy array of energetic stories. Stories range from "How Og Invented Gravity" to Archimedes to other original and traditional stories with a scientific nugget. This program was initially developed with a grant from the US Department of Education. Please pre-register - seats are limited.

Hula Hooping with Pinto Bella - Ages 6 and up: Wednesday, July 9 at 3:00 PM

Pinto (or Katie) of PintoBellaHoops is a Hoopnotica certified and licensed Hula Hoop instructor. We'll learn about the emotional, physical, and social benefits of hula hooping, the different types of hula hoops and their purposes, and get a brief history of the hula hoop. After some brief hula hooping instructions, demonstration, and a short performance of where Hoop Dance can take a performer, the group gets to try hula hooping themselves, while Pinto Bella walks around to give one on one instruction, trouble shooting, and help with new tricks. After the group has all had opportunities to play and hoop around, we take some time for organized games that teach team work and communication with the hoop!

Enrollment is limited to 25 children. Please pre-register!

Family Movie Night! Movie is Rated PG - All Ages: Thursday, July 10 at 6:30 PM

We can't tell you the title of the movie here, but here is a clue: this animated film about a mouse and a bear was 2014 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature Film. Popcorn and water will be served. Please pre-register, so we know how much popcorn to buy!

Adult Programs

The Brown Bag Book Club is held the third Wednesday of every month at noon. Drop-ins are welcome! The next meeting on June 18th will be at Fruitlands to discuss summer suggestions.