Harvard Public Library lists November, December events



Infant Storytimes

Mother Goose on the Loose (no sign-up) — Ages 0 – 2: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Mother Goose on the Loose is an early literacy program that uses rhymes and songs to help prereading 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 their caregivers.

Preschool/Kindergarten Storytime

(No sign-up required) — Ages 4-7: Thursdays at 2 p.m.

This 30- to 45-minute program, appropriate for children ages 4 to 7, consists of quiet and interactive stories, songs, and fingerplays, with three special activities that rotate weekly: storytelling with guest visits from the library’s puppets; feltboard stories; and process art projects that encourage preschoolers to explore art materials in an open-ended, creative manner.

Saturday Storytimes (no sign-up required) — Ages 4 to 7: Saturdays, Nov. 20, Dec. 4, 11 and 18 at 11 a. m.

Teen volunteers lead these fun drop-in, half-hour Saturday Storytimes for children and their caregivers.

Children’s and Teen Programs

Clay Painting Workshop — Ages 4 and older: Wednesday, Dec. 1 — 5 sessions, starting at 12:30 p.m.

The annual Clay Painting Workshop returns to the library, with clay ornaments from Fire Your Desire of Acton. Each child may paint one ornament, which will then go back to Fire Your Desire to be fired in their kiln. The finished pieces will be available to pick up at the library in mid-December. There will be 5 sessions – please sign up for only one session: 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2, or 2:30 p.m. Space is limited (and open only to Harvard residents); please pre-register.

Family Movie Night! Movie is Rated PG — All ages: Friday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

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

LEGO Club — Ages 5 and up: Saturday, Dec. 11 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Come have fun building LEGO creations with other Harvard LEGO fans! Participants can bring their own LEGO and/or Duplo bricks with them for construction purposes; the library also owns some LEGO sets which club members can use for building (but not to take models home). Creative building is encouraged, and the library will have various LEGO books available for inspiration. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun & assist with supervision. Please preregister.

Game Hour! — Grades 3 to 6: Thursdays from 4-5 p.m.

This drop-in, after-school game hour 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, and Hoopla.

Bagels n’ Books Group

Bagels n’ Books Group for 6th Graders: Tuesday, Nov. 30 from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

Bagels n’ Books Group for 3rd Graders: Monday, Dec. 6 from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

Bagels n’ Books Group for 4th Graders: Monday, Dec. 20 from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

Bagels n’ Books Group for 5th Graders: Tuesday, Dec. 14 from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

The 6th Grade Book is: “Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians” by Brandon Sanderson. The 3rd Grade Book is: “Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye” by Geronimo Stilton. The 4th Grade Book is: “Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief” by Wendelin Van Draanen. The 5th Grade Book is: “Regarding the Fountain” by Kate Klise. Join this once-monthly book group 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 reserve a copy of the book for you.

Teen Book Groups

Grades 7-9: Tuesday, Dec. 7 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

New members are always welcome. Pre-register, and we will reserve a copy of the book for you.

Adult programs

Brown Bag Book Club

The Brown Bag Book Club is the third Wednesday of every month at noon. Bring a lunch and the coffee is on us. Drop-ins are welcome!

Scrabble Club

All ages, children through adult: Saturday, Nov. 20, at 1:30 p.m.

Love to play Scrabble? Want to learn more about this great game? Join us in Volunteers Hall for an afternoon of fun, friendly competition. All skill levels are welcome, beginner through advanced; all ages are welcome, children through adult. Games may be played one on one, or in teams, or four players to a board, using Official Scrabble Rules. Several Scrabble boards (both regular and Scrabble Junior) will be available for use, or you may bring your own. No preregistration required.