Infant Storytime, Mother Goose on the Loose (no sign-up), ages 0-2, Mondays and 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 and 3's (6-week session, Jan. 9-Feb. 13, pre-registration required), ages 2 and 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 and 3 years old. Limit of 12 children and their caregivers.
Art and Stories for 4's and 5's (no sign-up required), ages 4 and 5 and up, Thursdays at 2
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),
Teen volunteers lead these fun drop-in, half-hour Saturday Storytimes for children ages 3 to 7 and their caregivers. Jan.'s themes are Bathtime, Friends, Dogs, and Farms.
Lego Club, ages 5 and up, Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 3:30-4:30
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.
Book Gobblers, Grades 1 through 5 Tuesday, Jan. 22 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.
Family Movie Night. Movie is Rated G-All Ages, Friday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m.
We can't tell you the title of the movie here, but here are some clues: this animated Disney classic is about a young woman with an evil stepmother and two unpleasant stepsisters who meets a handsome prince and drops a glass slipper. Popcorn and water will be served. Please pre-register, so we know how much popcorn to buy.
Create a Valentine, all ages, Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 1:30 to 2:30
We will have an assortment of wonderful supplies available for children of all ages to create their own valentines to share. Pre-register by calling the Children's Room.
Game Hour and Chess Club, Grades 3 to 6, Thursdays from 4 to 5
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 Third Graders, Tuesday, Feb. 12. from 4 to 4:45
Bagels n' Books Group for Fourth Graders, Monday, Jan. 28 from 4 to 4:45 (Group A) and Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 4 to 4:45 (Group J)
Bagels n' Books Group for Fifth Graders Monday, Feb. 4 from 4 to 4:45 p.m.
Bagels n' Books Group for Sixth Graders Monday, Feb. 11 from 4 to 4:45 p.m.
The 3rd Grade Book is "Lady Lollipop" by Dick King-Smith. The 4th Grade Book is "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" by Grace Lin. The 5th Grade Book is "Chasing Vermeer" by Blue Balliett. The 6th Grade Book is "Moonbird" by Phillip Hoose. Join this once-monthly book group for a lively book discussion and a 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 Book Groups: Grades 7-9, Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 4:30-5:30 and Grades 10-12, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 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.
The Brown Bag Book Club is held the third Wednesday of every month at noon. Drop-ins are welcome.
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.