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

Art & Stories for 4’s & 5’s (6 week session began 9/24 ~ pre-registration required) – Ages 4 & 5+: Tuesdays 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! Register now for the current session which runs through 10/29. Registration for the next 6 week session begins on 10/22; that 6 week session begins on 11/5 and runs through 12/17. Pre-registration required: Limit of 12 children.

Saturday Storytimes (no sign-up required) – Ages 4 to 7: Saturday, October 19 at 10:30

Teen volunteers lead these fun drop-in, half-hour Saturday Storytimes for children ages 3 to 7 and their caregivers. October’s theme is Teddy Bears and Toys.

Children’s Programs

Book Gobblers – Grades 1 through 5: Monday, October 7 and Tuesday, October 15 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.

Lego Club – Ages 5 & up: Wednesdays, October 2 and 23 from 3:20 to 4:30 PM

Saturday, October 26 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. Wednesday sessions will be supervised by a teen volunteer. Please see the Children’s Librarian for more information and to pre-register.

Family Movie Night! Movie is Rated PG – All Ages: Friday, October 4 at 6:30 PM

We can’t tell you the title of the movie here, but here are some clues: this animated film is based on a picturebook by William Joyce, and has a magic world, a teen heroine, and men made out of leaves. Popcorn and water will be served. Please pre-register, so we know how much popcorn to buy!

Greg & Axel Save Halloween: A Halloween Magic Show – All Ages: Wednesday, October 9 at 1:30

Magician Greg McAdams and his dog Axel are coming to the library to save Halloween while doing some magic tricks and getting us all excited about reading. The show includes fun-filled magic, comedy, audience participation, and Axel! The children will also learn that there is a world of adventure inside every book with some examples from Halloween related books. Please pre-register for this fun program.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover – All Ages: Friday, October 18 (see below for drop off and pick up times)

Would your stuffed animal like to have an adventure at the library with stuffed animals that belong to other Harvard kids? Choose one of your stuffed animals (preferably one you can spare for a night or two!) to drop off at the library, and once the library is closed on Friday the 18th, the stuffed animals will get to party together and explore the library. Photos of the stuffed animals having fun at the library will be posted on the Children’s Room Facebook and Google+ pages on Saturday the 19th!

Drop off your stuffed animals starting on Thursday, October 17; pick up your stuffed friends on Saturday, October 19. Please pre-register so that we can keep track of everyone’s cuddly friends!

Steve Blunt ~ Music & Movement for Young Children – All Ages: Tuesday, October 29 at 10:30 AM

Steve Blunt is a part-time music teacher, part-time singer/storyteller whose job is more full-time fun than most grown-ups are allowed to have. He has released four CDs of (mostly) funny songs for kids and families, including There’s a Vampire at My Door – Silly, Spooky Musical Fun and the Parents’ Choice approved Outta School! and Hang On, Henry! This will be a family program for patrons of all ages, featuring mostly humorous original compositions and traditional American & multicultural selections and some silly, spooky tunes for Halloween! Please pre-register.

This program is sponsored by the Rollstone Charitable Foundation; out of town registrants may pre-register at any time.

Pom-Pom Monster Salon – Ages 7 and up: Wednesday, October 30 at 1:30 PM

Come turn pom-poms into stylish monsters! Starting with yarn and pom-pom makers, we will make pom-poms and then cut and style them to create perfectly coifed mop tops, afros, pigtails, and mohawks. Then we’ll add tiny hair bows, punch-out feet, and foam horns and teeth for the final touches. Please pre-register – limited to 12.

Bagels n’ Books Group for 3rd Graders: Tuesday, October 8 from 4 to 4:45

Bagels n’ Books Group for 4th Graders: Tuesday, October 29 from 4 to 4:45

Bagels n’ Books Group for 5th Graders: Monday, October 21 from 4 to 4:45 PM (Group A) and Tuesday, October 22 from 4 to 4:45 (Group B)

Bagels n’ Books Group for 6th Graders: Monday, October 28 from 4 to 4:45 PM

The 3rd Grade Book is: Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst. The 4th Grade Book is: Half Magic by Edward Eager. The 5th Grade Book is: The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall. The 6th Grade Book is: Magyk by Angie Sage. 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

Teen Program ~ Trivia and Puzzle Challenge – Grades 6 and up: Tuesday, October 2 at 2:45 PM

Teen Program ~ Card Game Tournament – Grades 6 and up: Tuesday, October 16 at 2:45 PM

Teen Program ~ Halloween Treats Workshop – Grades 6 and up: Tuesday, October 29 at 2:45 PM

Early Release Movie for Bromfield Students ~ Movie is Rated PG-13: Wednesday, October 30 at 12:30 PM

Teen Book Groups: Grades 7 – 9 ~ Tuesday, October 1 from 4:30 – 5:30 and Grades 10 -12 ~ Tuesday, October 8 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.

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 October 16th to discuss: “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker” by Jennifer Chiaverini.

Harvard Great Books Discussion Group

Great Books meets in the Conference Room monthly on Thursday night at 7 pm. Hope to see you then: October 24; November 21; December 19; January 23; February 27; March 27; April 24; May 22. Great Books Discussion Group will start a new book "The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler" at our November 21st meeting. We would love to have you join us for our discussion.

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