Storytimes

Infant Storytime -- Mother Goose on the Loose (no sign-up) -- Ages 0-2

Summer schedule for the Infant Storytime will be: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. from July 11 through Aug. 8.

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 (no sign-up required) -- Ages 4 & 5 and up

Summer schedule for Art & Stories will be: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., July 2 through Aug. 13.

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!

Children's Programs

Book Gobblers -- Grades 1 through 5: Monday, July 22, from 3-3:30 p.m.

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.

Circus Minimus: One-Man Circus in-a-Suitcase -- All Ages: Tuesday, July 23, at 3 p.m.

Don't miss this enthralling, whimsical celebration of the imagination! From Kevin O'Keefe's suitcase an entire circus emerges: tent, band, lights, the boisterous ringmaster Steve Fitzpatrick, the officious Mervin Merkle, the incredible Bumbilini Family, the Magician to the Stars Clyde Zerbini, and Keefer -- an innocent trying to run away and join the circus. However, the most important performers emerge from the audience. Each performance becomes a dialogue between the characters and the audience -- a light-hearted collaboration. This show has been performed over 500 times around the globe, for family theater audiences and school assemblies alike. Please pre-register.

Lego Club -- Ages 5 and up: Wednesday, July 24, and Mondays, July 29 and Aug. 5, from 3-4:30 p.m.

Bring your own Lego bricks and have fun building Lego creations with other Harvard Lego fans! Please pre-register.

Family Movie Night! Movie is Rated G -- All Ages: Thursday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m.

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

Yo-Yo People -- All Ages: Thursday, Aug. 1, at 3 p.m.

Who would have thought you could make an entire show out of yo-yos? This husband and wife duo bring back that nostalgic toy, reminding you of old favorite tricks such as Walk the Dog and Rock the Baby, then amazing you with new and bizarre tricks, such as Boingy-Boingy and Iron Whip. Yo-yos attached to bouncy balls, yo-yos with 10-foot strings and multiple yo-yos looping while hula hooping and unicycling are just some of their finely tuned feats. High skill and deft timing to swingin' music coupled with high energy and sarcastic humor make the Yo-Yo People a favorite for every age. As seen on David Letterman, they hold three Guinness World Records, a 2008 Yo-Yo World Champion title and have performed in 25 different countries.

* Weather-permitting, this program will take place outdoors to a crowd of unlimited size. BUT, in the case of rain, seating will be indoors and limited and pre-registration will be required for admission. Please pre-register!

Tie-Dye Bonanza! -- All Ages: Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 3-4 p.m.

Bring your own T-shirt to decorate and rubber gloves (to protect your hands from the dye), and join the tie dying fun! This program will be outside -- rain date is Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 3 p.m. Volunteers needed and welcome! Please pre-register.

Family Movie Night! Movie is Rated PG -- All Ages: Thursday, Aug. 8, at 6:30 p.m.

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

Summer Reading Finale Picnic -- All Ages: Wednesday, Aug. 14, from noon to 1 p.m.

Celebrate your reading success at the picnic on the library lawn. Bring your own sandwiches, and we'll supply beverages, chips and dessert! Please pre-register. (Rain date: Aug. 15)

Family Movie Night! Movie is Rated G -- All Ages: Thursday, Aug. 15, at 6:30 p.m.

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

Teen Programs

Thursday Night at the Movies -- Recent movies geared to teens and adults.

All movies are rated PG-13: Thursday, Aug. 1, at 6:30 p.m. Drop-in -- no pre-registration required.

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