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 next 4 week session which 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, December 1, 8 & 15 at 11:00
Teen volunteers lead these fun drop-in, half-hour Saturday Storytimes for children ages 4 to 7 and their caregivers. December's themes are House & Home, Funny Stories, and Blankets.
Lego Club - Ages 5 and up: Saturday, December 1 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.
Magic by Scott Jameson - All Ages: Wednesday, December 5 at 1:30 PM
See the show audiences are calling "Superb!", "A blast!", and "Heartwarming fun for the whole family." Join magician and juggler Scott Jameson for an extraordinary performance that will have you laughing out loud and perched on the very edge of your seat. Umbrellas will be plucked from thin air, a drawing will come to life, basketballs will be spun and juggled, and a member of the audience will unlock telekinetic abilities. Please pre-register in the Children's Room or by calling (978) 456 - 2381.
Family Movie Night! Movie is Rated PG - All Ages: Friday, December 7 at 6:30 PM
We can't tell you the title of the movie here, but here are some clues: this animated feature is the third in a popular series of films (a "threequel") and it features a hippo, a lion, giraffe, and zebra who go to Europe. Popcorn and water will be served. Please pre-register, so we know how much popcorn to buy!
Book Gobblers - Grades 1 through 5: Wednesday, December 12 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.
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, December 4 from 4 to 4:45
Bagels n' Books Group for 4th Graders:
Monday, December 17 from 4 to 4:45 (Group A) and Tuesday, December 18 from 4 to 4:45 (Group J)
Bagels n' Books Group for 5th Graders: Monday, December 3 from 4 to 4:45 PM
Bagels n' Books Group for 6th Graders: Monday, December 10 from 4 to 4:45 PM
The 3rd Grade Book is: "Kenny and the Dragon" by Tony DiTerlizzi. The 4th Grade Book is: "Room One: A Mystery or Two" by Andrew Clements. The 5th Grade Book is: "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again" by Frank Cottrell Boyce. The 6th Grade Book is: "H.I.V.E." by Mark Walden. 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 Book Groups: Grades 7 - 9 and Grades 10 -12 ~ Tuesday, December 11 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 Craft Afternoon ~ Holiday Cookies - Grades 6 and up: Tuesday, December 18 at 3:00 PM
Early Release Movie for Bromfield Students ~ Movie is Rated PG-13: Wednesday, December 19 at 12:30 PM
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 December 19th in the Small Conference Room to discuss the following book: "Growing Up" by Russell Baker.
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.