Storytimes

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

Storytime for 2's & 3's (4 week session begins Oct. 24 ~ 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 Oct. 17. Registration for the next four-week session begins on Wednesday, October 3; that 4 week session begins on Oct. 24 and runs through Nov. 14. 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 a.m. and Thursdays at 2 p.m.

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.


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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, Oct. 13 and Nov. 3, 10 and 17 at 11 a.m.

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

Children's Programs

Family Movie Night! Movie is Rated PG - All Ages: Friday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. We can't list the movie title here, due to licensing restrictions, but here is a hint: this recent movie is based upon a book by Dr. Seuss, featuring an environmentally responsible character with the voice of Danny Devito. Popcorn and water will be served. Please pre-register, so we know how much popcorn to buy!

Book Gobblers - Grades 1 through 5: Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 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 ~ come for the whole half hour, or stay for just one or two stories.

Lego Club - Ages 5 and up: Saturday, Oct. 13 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 & assist with supervision. Please see the Children's Librarian for more information and to pre-register.

Creatures of the Night - All Ages: Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 1:30 p.m. Come meet some real nocturnal animals and learn more about animals that are active at night. Rick from Creature Teachers will bring several nocturnal animals to the library, including a skunk, porcupine, chinchilla, boa constrictor, tarantula, giant toad, red eye tree frogs, and more. As you meet the animals, Rick will teach you more about them, their behavior, and where they come from. Please pre-register.

Reading and Dance Performance of Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig - Ages 3 to 8: Saturday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m.

Ballerinas from the Harvard Academy of Dance join author David Ira Rottenberg for a special reading and dance performance of Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig. After the performance, the dancers will lead the children in the audience in a mini-movement lesson; this is followed by a photo session with the dancers - wear your favorite ballet or sports outfit and bring your camera! The conclusion of the event will be a book sale and signing by the author. Please pre-register. 

Game Hour & Chess Club - Grades 3 to 6: Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. These drop-in, after school programs 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, Nov. 6 from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

Bagels n' Books Group for 4th Graders: Monday, Oct. 22, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. (Group A) and Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 4 to 4:45 p.m. (Group J)

Bagels n' Books Group for 5th Graders: Monday, Oct. 15 from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

Bagels n' Books Group for 6th Graders: Monday, Oct. 29 from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

The 3rd Grade Book is: "Dominic" by William Steig. The 4th Grade Book is: "Half Magic" by Edward Eager. The 5th Grade Book is: "Mr. and Mrs. Bunny - Detectives Extraordinaire!" by Polly Horvath. The 6th Grade Book is: "Flyte" 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

Early Release Movies for Bromfield Students: Movie is Rated PG-13 ~ Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. Teen Book Group: Grades 7 - 9 ~ Tuesday, Nov. 13 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.

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 17 in the Small Conference Room to discuss the following book: "The Centaur" by John Updike.

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.