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SHIRLEY — Among the children’s programming at Hazen Memorial Library is “Mother Goose on the Loose” with children’s librarian Kathleen Farrar.

The program, which is for children aged three months to two years old, began after the library received a grant allowing its staff to study with Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen, the program’s creator, said library director Debra Roy. The session lasts for 30 minutes and involves 10 activities geared toward language development, listening, taking turns, enhancing self-esteem and more.

Thanks to the grant, the staff learned the program and has puppets, musical instruments, seating and other supplies.

During the Jan. 3 session, Roy and parents clapped along, watching the positive reactions from the 14 children in attendance.

Discussing the program she brings her daughter, Sara, to each week, resident Lisa Kramer said, “She looks forward to it every Wednesday.”

In addition to “Mother Goose on the Loose,” the library offers other preschool programs. In fact, the library is now closed on Mondays so it can be open earlier on Fridays to host an additional preschool program.

Farrar hosts “Mother Goose on the Loose” on Wednesdays, said Roy, and her Preschool Story Time is on Tuesdays and Fridays. All of the programs are at 10:30 a.m.

For adults, a monthly group called the “Rug Hookers” meets with instructor Betty McClentic to create rugs, wall hangings, doormats and more.

Each piece of art is well-crafted, and each has a story. Laying out her 18th-century fable rug, Chelmsford resident Sandra Porter explained each portion of it, one of which was devoted to the members of her family. She started it last March and hopes to complete it within three years.

The January calendar, available at the circulation desk, is filled with even more activities and information. On top of the programs already mentioned, the library offers yoga classes for adults and seniors, a book club and Bridge every Tuesday.

For information call the library at (978) 425-2620.

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