Storytimes

Storytimes Resume the Week of Sept. 30

Storytime for 2’s & 3’s (5 week session begins 10/2~ registration required) – Ages 2 & 3: 10:15 and 10:50 a.m. Wednesdays. Storytime for 3’s & 2’s (5 week session begins 10/2 ~ pre-registration required) – Ages 2 & 3: Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. This 20- to 30-minute interactive theme-based storytime includes songs, simple stories, felt board stories, creative dramatics, and fingerplays appropriate for children aged 2 & 3 years old. Both groups are appropriate for 2 & 3 year olds and follow the same curriculum. Register now for the next 5 week session which begins on October 2 and runs through November 6 (no storytime on October 16, and no 1:30 storytime on October 9). Pre-registration required: Limit of 8 children and their caregivers for the morning groups, and limit of 10 children and their caregivers for the afternoon group.

Art & Stories for 4’s & 5’s (5 week session begins 9/30 ~ pre-registration required) – Ages 4 & 5+: Mondays at 1:30 PM 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. Register now for the next 5 week session which begins on September 30 and runs through November 4 (no storytime on October 14). Pre- registration required: Limit of 12 children.

Children’s Programs

Game Hour – Grades 1 to 6: from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays. This drop-in, after school program for children in grades 1 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!

Saturday Storytime (no sign-up required) – Ages 3 to 7: 10:30 a.m. Sept. 28. Teen volunteers lead these fun drop-in, half-hour Saturday Storytimes for children ages 3-7 and their caregivers. September theme is “Trains & Planes.”

GraviTrax Challenge– Ages 8 and older: 3:30 p.m. Oct. 2. The challenge is to work as a team to build a marble raceway using the awesome Ravensburger GraviTrax interactive track building set. Can you design a system that gets the marble from the start all the way to the finish? Limited to 10 children – please pre-register.

Family Movie Night! Movie is rated PG – all ages 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Please pre-register by calling the Children's Room at 978-456-2381. Due to licensing restrictions, we can't list the name of the movie here, but here is a hint: this 2019 live action film about a young man, a princess, and a genie is a remake of the original 1992 Disney animated film. Starring in this live action version are Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, and Billy Magnussen. Call the Children's Room at 978-456-2381 to find out the name of the movie and to pre-register. Popcorn and water will be served. Please pre-register, so we know how much popcorn to buy!

Halloween Magic Show – All Ages: 1:30 p.m. Oct. 9. This high energy, comedy magic show has it all: A mysterious magic wand that takes on a life of its own. There is a haunted Jack-O-Lantern. The skull of Dracula comes to life and floats around the stage. There are ghosts and goblins, Frankenstein and more! The entire show is completely Halloween themed! The stage is decorated in Halloween decor. The performance is choreographed with Halloween safety tips to help keep the children safe on their night of spooky fun. Don’t miss this SPOOKTACULAR event! You won't be disappointed. It's more than magic. Laugh you will with Tommy's unique, hilarious style of comedy magic for the entire family including a real live bunny! Seats are limited – please pre-register.

Paws and Read – Grades K and up: from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 9 and 23. Reading to Faye or Rhia, the library’s Therapy Dogs, is a fantastic way to bolster a child’s reading confidence! Children who are independent readers can make a 15 minute appointment to read to one of these wonderful therapy dogs; on each date, eight children total will get a chance to have either Faye or Rhia’s undivided canine attention. Pre-registration required – call the Children’s Room to make your own special appointment to read to Faye or Rhia.

Lego Club – Ages 5 & up: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Oct. 26. 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.

Kids Afterschool Movie in the Story Room – Movie is Rated PG: 3:15 p.m. Oct. 28. Join us for an afterschool movie for elementary age kids in the Story Room! Afterschool movies are supervised by teen volunteers; no refreshments are served (but it is ok to bring your own snack). Parents are also welcome to attend. Due to licensing restrictions, we can't list the name of the movie here, but here's a hint: this 2019 live action film about a baby elephant in the circus is a remake of the original 1941 Disney animated film. Starring in this live action version are Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin, Nico Parker and Finley Hobbins. Drop-in.

Polymer Clay Workshop – Ages 8 and up: 3:30 p.m. Oct. 30. With the guidance of an awesome teen volunteer, learn how to make a teeny tiny hamburger with all the fixins out of Sculpey clay! (If time permits, attendees might also learn how to make an itty bitty hot dog.) Attendance is limited to 10 children, and children must be 8 and up due to the complexity of the craft. Limited to 10 – please pre-register.

Bagels n’ Books Group for 3rd Graders: from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Oct. 7

Bagels n’ Books Group for 4th Graders: from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Oct. 21.

Bagels n’ Books Group for 5th Graders: from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Oct.r 22.

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

The third grade book is “Kenny and the Dragon” by Tony Diterlizzi. The fourth grade book is “Secrets at Sea” by Richard Peck. The fifth grade book is “The Island of Dr. Libris” by Chris Grabenstein. The sixth grade book is “Al Capone Does My Shirts” by Gennifer Choldenko. 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. Please call the Children’s Room for more information and to pre-register.

Teen Programs

Teen Book Group: Grades 9 – 12 ~ from 3 to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 from 3 to 4.

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 Book Group: Grades 7 – 9 ~ from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8.

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 ~ Maker Day – Grades 6 and up: 2:45 p.m. Oct. 17.

Teen Program ~ Halloween Treats – Grades 6 and up: 2:45 p.m. Oct. 29.

Adult Programs

Brown Bag Book Club

The Brown Bag Book Club is held the third Wednesday of every month at noon, from September through June. See the library’s website for contact information.