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Infant Storytime ~ Mother Goose on the Loose (no sign-up) – Ages 0 – 2: Mondays & Thursdays 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.

Storytime for 2’s & 3’s (4 week session begins 11/28 ~ pre-registration required) – Ages 2 & 3: Wednesdays

This 20 to 30 minute interactive theme-based storytime includes songs, simple stories, feltboard stories, creative dramatics, and fingerplays appropriate for children aged 2 & 3 years old. Register now for the current session which runs through November 14. Registration for the next 4 week session begins on Wednesday, November 7; that 4 week session begins on 11/28 and runs through 12/19. Pre-registration required: Limit of 12 children and their caregivers.

Art & Stories for 4’s & 5’s (no sign-up required) – Ages 4 & 5 and up: Tuesdays at 10:30 & Thursdays at 2:00

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. Some weeks we’ll also have storytelling with the library’s puppets or feltboard stories – stories told with felt pieces!

Saturday Storytimes (no sign-up required) – Ages 4 to 7: Saturdays, November 3, 10 & 17 at 11:00

Teen volunteers lead these fun drop-in, half-hour Saturday Storytimes for children ages 4 to 7 and their caregivers. November’s themes are Cookies and Treats, the Alphabet, and Small Creatures.

Children’s Programs

Book Gobblers – Grades 1 through 5: Wednesdays, November 7 and 14 at 3:30 PM

Book Gobblers is the library’s story program for older kids only – younger children not allowed! Come listen to selections from excellent chapter books, poetry by favorite poets, and explore longer picture books for older readers. Drop-in ~ come for the whole half hour, or stay for just one or two stories.

Teen Craft Afternoon ~ Edible Turkeys – Grades 6 and up: Thursday, November 15 at 3:00 PM

Lego Club – Ages 5 and up: Saturday, November 17 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM

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

3-D Paper Snowflake Folding – Ages 7 and up: Wednesday, November 28 at 1:30 PM

As seen in The Boston Globe last December! Join Thy Toeum, a Somerville library staff member, as he teaches us how to make colorful and beautiful three dimensional paper snowflakes. This is sure to be a very popular program, and seats are limited, so please pre-register early to avoid disappointment. Pre-register by dropping by the Children’s Room or by calling the Children’s Room at (978) 456 – 2381.

Game Hour & Chess Club – Grades 3 to 6: Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:00

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, and Hoopla. Or, join in with the Chess Club and play chess with other chess enthusiasts!

Bagels n’ Books Group for 3rd Graders: Tuesday, November 6 from 4 to 4:45

Bagels n’ Books Group for 4th Graders:

Monday, November 19 from 4 to 4:45 (Group A) and Tuesday, November 20 from 4 to 4:45 (Group J)

Bagels n’ Books Group for 5th Graders: Monday, November 5 from 4 to 4:45 PM

Bagels n’ Books Group for 6th Graders: Monday, November 26 from 4 to 4:45 PM

The 3rd Grade Book is: “Dominic” by William Steig. The 4th Grade Book is: “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate. The 5th Grade Book is: “Pie” by Sarah Weeks. The 6th Grade Book is: “The View from Saturday” by E.L. Konigsburg. Join this once-monthly book group for a lively book discussion and a yummy snack of bagels & 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 & to pre-register.

Teen Programs

Early Release Movies for Bromfield Students:

Movie is Rated PG-13 ~ Wednesday, October 31 at 1:00 PM

Teen Book Groups: Grades 7 – 9 and Grades 10 -12 ~ Tuesday, November 13 from 4:30 to 5:30

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 Advisory Board: Grades 7 -12 ~ Tuesday November 27 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM

Community service opportunity for Bromfield students! The Harvard Public Library Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is recruiting students in grades 7 through 12 to get involved in what’s happening at the library. Participate and share ideas for teen books, magazines, DVDs, music CDs, and future programs and activities. Contact Lisa Gagnon, Reference Librarian, for more information at (978) 456 – 4114.

Adult Programs

The Brown Bag Book Club is held the third Wednesday of every month at noon. Drop-ins are welcome! The next meeting will be held on November 14th in the Small Conference Room to discuss the following book: “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson.

Books at Home

The Friends of the Harvard Public Library will deliver books and other Library materials to homebound Harvard and Still River patrons. To sign up, please complete a Registration Form. To have a form sent to you, please call the library at (978) 456-4114.