Storytimes

Infant Storytime ~ Mother Goose on the Loose (no sign-up), Ages 0 - 2 and up: Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

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.

Children's Programs

Family Movie Night! Movie is Rated PG, All Ages: Friday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

We can't tell you the title of the movie here, but here is a one word clue about this recent animated film: minions! Popcorn and water will be served. Please pre-register, so we know how much popcorn to buy!

Little Pig Joins the Band ~ A Musical Author Visit - Grades K through 6: Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 1:30 p.m.

One of the messages of David Hyde Costello's book "Little Pig Joins the Band" is that everyone has something to contribute to a group endeavor -- especially when it comes to making music. In this mostly musical author/illustrator program David Hyde Costello shares some of his original songs, and some of his home-made musical instruments. There will be a book signing at the conclusion of this program. We advise purchasing copies of David's books at a local bookstore prior to the program (limited copies of books will be available for sale on the day of the program). Please pre-register.

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.

The Author's Sketchbook ~ Creating a Story Together -- Grades K through 6: Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 3:15 p.m.

People often ask an author, "Where do you get your ideas?" For David Hyde Costello, it usually starts with a sketch. In this program it starts with a scribble. Audience members provide ideas for how to turn the scribble into a drawing. That drawing becomes the start of a story-writing session. David creates the illustrations and leads the discussion as kids generate the plot. After the new story is done, David briefly shares some of the sketches that were the start of his books, and talks about the development of his ideas from the first stage to the final published work. To close, David presents a telling of the story that he and his audience have just created. A copy of the story will be provided to the library. There will be a book signing at the conclusion of this program. We advise purchasing copies of David's books at a local bookstore prior to the program (limited copies of books will be available for sale on the day of the program). Please pre-register.

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.

Lego Club -- Ages 5 and up: Saturday, Jan. 18, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

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

Game Hour and Chess Club -- Grades 3 to 6: Thursdays from 4-5 p.m.

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, Hoopla, and, of course, Chess!

Bagels n' Books Group for third-graders: Monday, Jan. 6 from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

Bagels n' Books Group for fourth-graders: Monday, Jan. 27 from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

Bagels n' Books Group for fifth-graders: Monday, Jan. 13 from 4 to 4:45 p.m. (Group A) and Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 4 to 4:45 p.m. (Group B)

Bagels n' Books Group for sixth-graders: Monday, Jan. 27 from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

The third-grade book is "Mrs. Noodlekugel" by Daniel Pinkwater. The fourth-grade book is "The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate. The fifth-grade book is "Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things," by Cynthia Voigt. The sixth-grade book is "A Tale Dark and Grimm" by Adam Gidwitz.

Join this once-monthly book group for a lively book discussion and a yummy snack of bagels and 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 and to pre-register.

Teen Programs

Teen Book Groups: Grades 7 - 9 ~ Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. and Grades 10 -12 ~ Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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 Program ~ Duct Tape Craft, grades 6 and up, Thursday, Jan. 23 at 2:45 p.m.

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 Jan. 15 to discuss "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams.

Harvard Great Books Discussion Group

Great Books meets in the Conference Room monthly on Thursday night at 7 p.m. Hope to see you then: Jan. 23; February 27; March 27; April 24; May 22.