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Library Summer Hours

The Harvard Public Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays during the months of June, July and August. Scheduled hours of operation on all other days remain unchanged.

Children’s Programs

Infant Storytime: Mother Goose on the Loose (no sign-up required), ages 0-2; Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

This popular storytime will meet on six Wednesdays through the summer: June 25, July 2, July 16, July 23, July 30, and Aug. 13.

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 30 minute session for infants to 2-year-olds and their caregivers (older children are also welcome to join in).

Music Together, with Alex Andrews: Ages 0 to 5; Wednesday, July 9 and Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 10:30 a.m.

This drop-in series features music and movement and a story with Alex Andrews of Apple Country Music Together.

Family Movie Night: All Ages

“101 Dalmatians” (G) — Thursday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Popcorn and water will be served. Please pre-register for Family Movie Nights by calling the Children’s Room at (978) 456-2381.

Habitats: Living Things and their Environment: Grades one and up; Tuesday, July 1, two half-hour sessions starting at 2:30 and 3:15 p.m.

Meet a variety of native animals and learn where they live and why. Discover through observation and inquiry what a habitat is and how different animals survive. The Audubon Ark Outreach program will be bringing a painted turtle and a skunk to the library for this presentation. Since these are live animals, enrollment in each half-hour session is strictly limited to 30 child participants (accompanying adults may also attend). Please sign up for only one session.

Animal Antics (Sparky’s Puppets): All Ages; Thursday, July 10 from 3 to 3:45 p.m.

Wild animals galore! Join the fun as Sparky’s Puppets perform “Animal Antics!” See a fierce lion confront a timid mouse. Meet a boastful bear and a crafty fox. And see what happens when a monkey gets drawing advice from a crocodile, an elephant and a giraffe. Sparky’s Puppets perform adaptations of favorite children’s stories with colorful hand puppets, lively humor, and plenty of audience participation. They have performed in schools, libraries and festivals throughout New England for over 30 years. Please pre-register.

Wild About Reading: A Celebration in Story & Song with Davis Bates and Roger Tincknell: All ages; Tuesday, July 15 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Wild About Reading is an exciting program of stories and songs that celebrates reading, the natural world and the human spirit. Parents’ Choice Award-winning performers Roger Tincknell and Davis Bates will share participatory stories and songs that educate and entertain, encouraging reading within and across generations. The program includes songs and stories about wild animals, tricksters and more involving movement, rhythm and dance. Instruments played include guitar, banjo, mandolin, spoons, limberjack and other percussion instruments. Please pre-register for this wonderful celebration of reading. (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.)

Bagels n’ Books for third graders: Monday, July 7 from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

Bagels n’ Books for fourth graders: Monday, July 21 from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

Bagels n’ Books for fifth graders: Wednesday, July 16 from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m.

Bagels n’ Books for sixth graders: Monday, July 28 from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

The third grade book is “The Talented Clementine” by Sara Pennypacker. The fourth grade book is “Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost” by Cornelia Funke. The fifth grade book is “Magyk” by Angie Sage. The sixth grade book is “The Mysterious Benedict Society” by Trenton Lee Stewart. For the summer sessions of these book groups, rising third graders will be in the third-grade group, rising fourth graders will be in the fourth-grade group, and so on. Join us for a lively book discussion and a yummy afternoon snack of bagels and cream cheese. Book group members should read all of the book prior to the group meeting. New members are always welcome — please pre-register and we will request the book for you.

Teen & Adult Programs

Thursday Night at the Movies: Ages 13 through Adult.

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (Not Rated): Thursday, July 17 at 7 p.m.

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (PG-13): Thursday, July 31 at 7 p.m.

“The Maltese Falcon” (Not Rated): Thursday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m.

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

Teen Book Group: Grades seven to nine; Tuesday, Aug. noon from 4:30 to 5:30 PM

This group is facilitated by a library staff member. The August book for grades seven to nine is “Red Sea” by Diane Tullson. Book group members should read the book prior to the meeting. A snack will be served. New members are always welcome — please pre-register and we will reserve a copy of the book for you.

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