Music with Dara Returns Tomorrow Via Abbot Public Library’s New YouTube Channel!

If you have young children at home, you may have tuned in to the Abbot Public Library’s “Music with Dara” program, which was posted on Dara VanRemoortel’s YouTube channel during the past few months. Good news – Dara will be returning tomorrow, on Friday, September 4th on Abbot Public Library’s YouTube channel!

Join Dara online for a bi-weekly musical video program you can enjoy from home! With keyboard, felt board, finger puppets, and other engaging visual props, Dara incorporates old favorites and new songs, finger plays, rhythmic activities, creative movement, and instrument playing. Lots of clapping, marching, singing, creative expression, and fun! The program is ideal for kids ages 2-5 years old. Dara VanRemoortel is an early childhood music specialist who has been performing at libraries and teaching at local preschools for over 20 years. The videos will be posted every other week on the new Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel, on Fridays, September 4th and 18th!

This program is supported by the Oliver P. Killam, Jr. Fund.

Sneak Peak at our September Virtual Programs!

We are pleased to announce we will be offering more virtual programs in September, via Zoom and the new Abbot Public Library YouTube Channel!

In the past few months, we have offered “Story Time A-Go-Go” with Debbie Leibowitz. Each week, Debbie writes a new story and posts a video of her reading it on YouTube to entertain and educate children. Check out this week’s video below:

We also offered “Music with Dara” on Fridays, and are happy to say Dara VanRemoortel, an early childhood music specialist, will be returning in September to offer her virtual program of songs and visual props. Check out these videos featuring original music by Dara!

These two programs will be continuing in September, but the videos will now be compiled on the Abbot Public Library’s brand new YouTube Channel, along with a couple new-to-the-screen children’s presenters and a familiar monthly adult program!

Joining Debbie and Dara for the first time online are some faces you will recognize from the children’s programs we offered inside the library. Yoga Story Time with Lindsey Kravitz will be a half-hour video geared towards babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. And, returning to the library’s lineup is Songs with Spencer! Spencer and his orange monster friend, Bowie, will share stories and tunes to get kids singing and dancing!

For adult programs, the library’s monthly Poetry Salon will be continuing virtually! Marblehead poet Claire Keyes will be discussing the poetry of Terrance Hayes via Zoom! Stay tuned for details on accessing this meeting on the Abbot Public LIbrary website

In the meantime, you can prepare for the Salon by reserving the featured book, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, in print for Curbside Pickup, or listen to the audiobook on hoopla with no wait!

Visit the Abbot Public Library’s website News & Events page for more information on these programs! 

Children’s Programs You Can Attend Online!

Do you miss coming to the Abbot Public Library in the morning for one of our programs for young children? While we can’t host events in the building right now, you can visit some programs on YouTube that you have seen here in the Children’s Room. Two of our regular presenters are generously offering their programs as regular YouTube videos. Come visit our library Facebook page to grab the video link and watch and listen!

Dara VanRemoortel

Visit our Facebook page on Fridays at 10:30 am for the latest “Music with Dara” video. You can also follow Dara’s YouTube channel to get notified when new videos are posted.

Dara incorporates old favorites and new songs, rhythmic activities, creative movement, and instrument playing. Lots of clapping, singing, and fun! Her program is ideal for children ages 2-5 years old. Dara VanReMoortel is an early music specialist who has been performing at libraries and teaching at local preschools.

Debbie Leibowitz

Visit Facebook on Wednesdays at 10:30 am for Debbie Leibowitz’s “Story Time A-Go-Go” video. You can also follow Debbie’s YouTube channel to get notified when new videos are posted.

Debbie, an early childhood educator, leads a program designed for children 18 months to 3 years old. Using her storytelling and activities, her program is designed to help children make fun, active connections between stories and movement.