In response to the Massachusetts State of Emergency ending on Tuesday, June 15th, the Abbot Public Library has updated our service hours and policies.
Beginning today, Monday, June 14th, Abbot Public Library will be open to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm and on Saturdays from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. On Wednesdays, we will be closed to the public in order to continue to provide our popular Curbside Pickup Service.
Please see our full schedule below:
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
MONDAY: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm TUESDAY: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm THURSDAY: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm FRIDAY: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm SATURDAY: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
CURBSIDE PICKUP SERVICE
The building will be CLOSED to the public. Please register online or call 781-631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237 for children’s items and Ext. 201 or 223 for teen or adult items.
WEDNESDAY:10:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Masks will be optional beginning on Tuesday, June 15th, as this is the end of the Massachusetts State of Emergency. However, we encourage and support the wearing of masks by those who have not been vaccinated or who would prefer to continue to do so.
Please note that public computers will be unavailable at this time.
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Expanded services will begin on Monday, May 17th. Abbot Public Library will offer two days of browsing – Tuesdays and Thursdays – and will be adding Monday and Friday mornings to our Curbside Pickup hours. The full schedule for our Curbside Pickup and Browsing Services will be as follows:
CURBSIDE PICKUP SERVICE
Please register online by clicking the button below or call 781-631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237 for children’s items and Ext. 201 or 223 for teen or adult items.
PLEASE NOTE: Teen Curbside Pickup Appointments and item hold pickups will now be available through the Main Desk rather than the Children’s Room.
The browsing service will be offered without appointments and will allow browsing of all main level adult collections and all lower level children’s and teen collections. Appointments will be replaced by a three-hour morning and a three-hour afternoon browsing period. The morning time will run from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, and the afternoon time will run from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
Please understand that, while these browsing periods are three hours long, they are intended to allow ample time to select items and then check them out. Despite our expanded services, our space will not be set up for reading or socializing.
Patrons will be able to enter the building from either the main entrance or the back door, both of which will be unlocked at 9:30 am for the morning browsing time, and at 2:30 pm for the afternoon browsing time. Elevator service will be available but we ask that only one person use the elevator at a time except for members of your household.
Those who would like to use our browsing service are encouraged to pick up their holds when they come into the building in lieu of waiting to pick up their holds via Curbside Pickup. Please have your library card or some form of ID with your name on it handy to make the transaction easier.
Please note: you will be required to wear a mask and to social distance when in the building.
These expanded services may continue to change – please watch for details at abbotlibrary.org, on our Facebook page @AbbotLibraryMarblehead, or on our blog at https://abbotpubliclibrary.wordpress.com.
Thank you for your patience and your continued support, as we navigate through these unprecedented times!
Abbot Public Library is pleased to announce the expansion of our services to include an additional way for patrons to select and borrow tangible materials. Based on the results of our Library Services Survey, we will be offering limited browsing, by appointment, one day per week, while continuing to provide our very popular Curbside Pickup Service, five days per week.
Our hours for Curbside Pickup and the Browsing By Appointment Services will be as follows, starting the week of April 8th:
Curbside Pickup Service
Monday:2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Tuesday:2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Wednesday:10:00 am – Noon & 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Friday:2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Browsing By Appointment Service
Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm & 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Appointments will be ½ hour long with ½ hour between appointments for sanitizing and cleaning.
Registration for browsing appointments will be open on Thursday, April 1st. The first appointment date will be Thursday, April 8th. Appointments will be a half hour long, and browsers will be required to wear masks (patron-provided) and gloves (library-provided). Browsing will be limited to designated areas where new and recent additions to all categories of the Library’s collections will be gathered.
Appointments will be specific to the department you would like to browse – either Children’s/Teen, or Adult. If you would like to browse multiple areas, you will need to make separate appointments for each space.
To browse the adult sections on the Main Level, please register for an Adult appointment by calling the Main Desk at 781-631-1481, Ext. 201 or 223 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register for an appointment in the Children’s Room AND/OR the Teen Room on the Lower Level, please call the Children’s Room at 781-631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237, or email the Children’s Department at email@example.com or the Teen Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adhering to social distancing space requirements, we are able to accommodate up to four adults on the main level, and an additional four total patrons – children, teen, or adult – on the lower level in the Children’s Room and/or the Teen Room, per half-hour appointment.
Please watch for further details of our expanded services by following us on Facebook, or by visiting our website or here on our blog.
Thank you for your patience and your continued support, as we navigate through these unprecedented times!
In this biography, Erik Larson gives a detailed account of Winston Churchill’s first year as Britain’s Prime Minister during the Blitz, the start of World War II. Germany had just taken over France and started an air force attack against Britain. Told in Erik Larson’s engaging writing style, the book includes day-to-day accounts of this terrifying time.
This is the story of Lydia Perez and her son, Luca, who must flee their home in Acapulco when a cartel leader orders the death of her entire extended family. Surviving their escape, they embark on a terrifying journey across the U.S. border, seeking shelter with her uncle’s family in Denver.
This is the biography of Samuel Pozzi, a surgeon in Paris who travelled to Britain in 1885. John Singer Sargent painted a portrait of him wearing a red coat. He was a doctor who transformed the practice of gynecology. High society is depicted, as Pozzi was an associate of famous figures such as Oscar Wilde, Henry James, Marcel Proust, and Sarah Bernhardt.
The Dutch House is a mansion in Philadelphia that Cyril Conroy surprises his wife by purchasing in 1945. Maeve and Danny, their young children, suffer the abandonment of their mother, the death of their father, and being sent from their home by their stepmother. The siblings form a close bond, increased by the neglect of their family.
Theo Faber is a psychotherapist in London in this psychological suspense novel. His patient, Alicia Berenson, has been convicted of the murder of her husband six years ago. Since the day of the murder, Alicia hasn’t spoken a word. Intrigued by the case, Theo is determined to get Alicia to speak.
Next week, children are invited to take home a craft project to show support for the Marblehead Animal Shelter cats for Marblehead Animal Shelter: Vacation Love a Feline Week. Make a kitty craft to show your affection for the shelter cats!
From Tuesday, February 16th through Friday, February 19th, we will be offering a choice of making a fleece cat toy or a valentine with a photo of one of the kitties waiting for adoption at the shelter.
To get your craft, just call us in the Children’s Room at 781-631-1481, Ext. 217 and request either craft. We will supply the makings in a curbside delivery bag that parents can pick up outside on the curbside carts at the back door of the library.
Despite the limited possibilities of a real escape due to the ongoing pandemic, thanks to the Internet and resources offered by your library, you can explore the world and enjoy travel – virtually!
Lately, the travel industry has cooperated with government agencies to create a wonderfully appealing virtual experience for travelers who might enjoy exploring the world from the comfort of their homes.
You will find even more National Parks to tour virtually here.
Travel book publishers were also exploring beyond travel guide books. Here is their new product—a series called Passenger.
Greece: Passenger for Explorers of the World is the second book in the series, tailored to the tastes of armchair travelers. It concentrates on the best writing, photography, and arts of the region. Greece can be reserved in print for Curbside Pickup, or you can check out the ebook on hoopla.
America the Beautiful by the National Geographic Society is a book of gorgeous photography that celebrates the unique beauty of all the 50 states. The book offers an alternative way to see the country in the time of limited travel. It is a gratifying and very worthwhile visual journey.
Blue Sky Kingdom: An Epic Family Journey to the Heart of Himalayas by Bruce Kirby shares the author’s account of a journey that his family undertook, chartering an absolutely new and unfamiliar territory by travelling to a distant Tibetan locale, staying at the Buddhist monastery, and backpacking in the Himalayas at high altitudes.
The book is a mixture of local history, culture, travelogue, and personal experience, and very well reviewed. You can reserve it in print for Curbside Pickup or check out the ebook on hoopla.
The Lost Pianos of Siberia by Pamela Roberts is aware of and inspired by the huge role that music, and pianos in particular, played in Russian culture. The British travel writer follows the ways pianos travelled from major Russian cities to distant Russian locales, and explores and portrays Siberia – the part of Russia that has long intrigued foreigners, though it is not much travelled and understood.
The book combines a travelogue with Russian history and culture, as well as music history. You will find a New York Times review here. Reserve the book in print for Curbside Pickup or read the ebook on Overdrive or hoopla.
Scandinavian Noir: In Pursuit of a Mystery by Wendy Lesser is another oeuvre by the author – a fan of Scandinavian mysteries – who has been sharing her enthusiasm and reviews with the public for almost four decades.
Her deep interest in Scandinavian mysteries and voracious reading of numerous books written by writers from Sweden, Norway, and Denmark lead to her deep knowledge of those countries: their geography, history, culture, social norms, and laws.
When she traveled to Scandinavia, the author said she found it “even lovelier than she expected.”
Being healthy is always one of the top New Year’s Resolutions every year. Abbot Public Library has items in digital and physical formats that can help you become mentally and physically healthier in the New Year!
Overdrive’s Health & Fitness Collection has ebooks, e-audiobooks, and downloadable magazines for children, teens, and adults about eating healthier, exercising, and living a healthier life.
Kids can learn about the current pandemic in Coronavirus: A Book for Children written by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson, and Nia Roberts; and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The book explains in a way for children to understand how you can catch coronavirus, if there is a cure, and more about the disease that has spread across the world during this past year. In Megan Borgert-Spaniol’s and Lauren Kukla’s ebook Crafting Calm, exercises, quizzes, crafts, and activities help children improve their emotional intelligence, boost their self-esteem, reduce anxiety, and help them connect with the world around them. My First Cookbook is a fun way for children ages 5-8 to begin learning how to cook with fun food projects they can do with their families!
Meik Wiking’s New York Times Bestseller, The Little Book of Hygge, is a guide that explores the Danish concept of living a happier life with a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. Get inspired to find your reason for living in the international bestseller Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles, for which the authors interviewed the residents of the Japanese village with the highest percentage of 100-year-olds. Change Your Brain, Change Your Body by Daniel G. Amen, M.D. is one of the Health and Fitness books on Overdrive that can help you lose weight, sharpen your memory, and do more to make your mind and body healthier.
For those who prefer physical titles, reserve exercise books, and DVDs; health magazines, books, and DVDs, and more on you NOBLE account for Curbside Pickup! If you need help finding materials on a specific subject, feel free to contact a Reference Librarian at email@example.com or by calling 781-631-1481.
Take a (virtual) tour through some of the most beautiful gardens of the world!
Though the weather might not be well-suited for a garden tour right now, with books borrowed or downloaded from the library, you can enjoy armchair travelling from the safety of your home, take pleasure in looking through books with gorgeous color illustrations and photographs of splendidly designed gardens from all over the world, and learn about the people who designed them.
The gardens were designed with the idea of planting a very diverse range of plants and trees, thus providing something flowering or simply beautiful to look at for every season. The new commissioned photography for the book perfectly reflects the beauty of the garden.
For Rachel Lambert Mellon – best known as Bunny Mellon – plants and gardens have been a passion for all her long life (1910-2014), and she was really remarkable with garden designs. Best known for her redesign of the White House Rose Garden, she planned grounds designs for all the multiple estates her family owned in various parts of the world. She also designed a couple of gardens for the celebrated French couturier, Hubert de Givenchy, and several other gardens of the White House.
The Gardens of Bunny Mellon by Linda Holden includes spectacular newly commissioned photographs of some of Mellon’s gardens, as well as her sketches and watercolors.
In American Gardens, Monty Don, an eminent British horticulturist, travels across the US with celebrated photographer Derry Moore, exploring the country’s iconic as well as lesser-known gardens. Best known as a presenter of the BBC gardening television series, Mr. Don did one of the episodes this past year on American gardens; the book complements the series, and includes some previously unpublished photographs.
665 luscious photos make this book more than a guidebook; it offers aesthetic enjoyment of horticultural colors and designs.
For those wishing to explore outside North America, the library has the following offerings:
Japanese Gardens: Kyotoby photographer Akira Nakata showcases 96 stunning Japanese gardens of Kyoto. These awe-inspiring works of art date between the 13th and the 17th centuries.
A recognizable aspect of Japanese culture, gardens embody a philosophy about the relationship between humanity and nature through seamless incorporation of living elements with man-made design and the surroundings (such as buildings).
Not to be missed, especially if Kyoto is a travel destination.
Gorgeously illustrated with photos of Monet’s spectacular garden designs, reproductions of his paintings, and filled with instructions, the book becomes a practical guide for creating a lifestyle inspired by Monet’s works.
As always, these books are available through the library catalog, either in print or digital format, sometimes both.
Digital downloads are available through Overdrive/Libby with your library card. To obtain a print copy, please carefully read the instructions for reserving and Curbside Pickup.
In light of the post-Thanksgiving COVID spike, as well as the likelihood of another surge after the Christmas holiday, we are pausing our Browsing Service. We will offer only Curbside Pickup Service until after the winter holidays, when, taking our cue from the Marblehead Public Schools, we will review the suitability of resuming the Browsing Service.
To set up a Curbside Service appointment, please visit abbotlibrary.org or call the library at 781-631-1481.
To set up a Curbside Service appointment, please visit our website or call the library at 781-631-1481. Curbside appointments can be scheduled Monday through Friday from 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm and on Saturday from 9:30 am – Noon and 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm.
The health and safety of the public and library staff remain our utmost priority. We appreciate your understanding and are grateful for your continued support! Stay tuned for more updates here on the blog, on Facebook, or on our website.